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North Myrtle Beach's Zyer Belle and Loris' Jevade Isaiah exchange facemask grabs during North Myrtle's win on Friday. Photo by Keith Alan Jacobs / info@myhorrynews.com

MYHORRYNEWS.COM GAME OF THE WEEK

St. James (2-0) at North Myrtle Beach (2-0)

Time | 7:30 p.m.

Broadcast | WRNN-FM, 99.5/nmbchiefs.com

Last meeting | North Myrtle Beach 20, St. James 6 (2018)

About the game | So far, we’ve seen some elements to St. James that may just be showing us that these aren’t the Sharks of old. Coach Tommy Norwood’s team muscled up in the waning moments of a season-opening victory over Loris and then flat-out beat Hillton Head the next time out. Friday’s game, though, is a much bigger test against a seasoned team. North Myrtle Beach should be considered the favorite, but remember that even last year’s Chiefs struggled some against St. James. There have been 15 games in this series, with 14 of them decided by double digits. The two styles could prompt a better game this time around.

Hoggard, N.C. (0-1) at Carolina Forest (1-0)

Time | 7:30 p.m.

Broadcast | None

Last meeting | Carolina Forest 42, Hoggard 35 (2018)

About the game | Most Carolina Forest fans weren’t there to see it last year when these two teams played in Wilmington, but it was every bit of Mason Garcia’s coming out party. The Panther’s quarterback threw for 211 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for another score against one of eastern North Carolina’s better teams. The Vikings are going to be putting more emphasis on slowing him down, but that’s not exactly easy with the way David Legette can also run the ball.

Hartsville (1-1) at Conway (0-2)

Time | 7:30 p.m.

Broadcast | WLFF-FM 106.5

Last meeting | Hartsville 35, Conway 0 (2018)

About the game | There is little question that Conway’s offense is struggling. The Tigers have scored 13 points combined in each of their first two games (losses to North Myrtle Beach and Nation Ford) and averaged just 171 yards of offense. The team is still trying to find weapons outside of Xavier Kinlaw, and in the meantime opposing offenses understand that spying him out of the backfield or double-covering him when he’s going wide puts added pressure on everyone else. Hartsville isn’t the team that has been mostly running roughshod through teams on this side of the state. That window may prove valuable in terms of Conway’s confidence.

Myrtle Beach (1-0) at Socastee (0-1)

Time | 7:05 p.m.

Broadcast | WWMB-CW21 (TV); WYNA-FM, 104.9; WSEA-FM, 100.3

Last meeting | Myrtle Beach 63, Socastee 20 (2018)

About the game | Myrtle Beach has dominated Socastee since this series became a regular occurrence in the 1960s. And since 2000, the Seahawks have won 16 of the 19 match-ups, with two of those Braves’ victories coming with Hunter Renfrow behind center. Frankly, this just hasn’t been the rivalry that it is frequently made out to be, and nothing on paper says Socastee is going to have much of a chance to keep up with a high-powered Myrtle Beach team wants to make quick work of this game and move on to next week’s nationally televised game with Carolina Forest.

Loris (1-2) at Green Sea Floyds (2-0)

Time | 7:30 p.m.

Broadcast | WLSC-AM 1240

Last meeting | Green Sea Floyds 32, Loris 28

About the game | A rested Trojans team that is adept at quick-strike big plays may be able to do just that against a Loris team that is playing two games inside of a five-day window. Loris elected to play South Columbus (N.C.) on Monday, and while these are both non-region games that should ultimately make some of the ones that count seem a little easier, the strain of playing these two teams back-to-back so close together could be on display against Green Sea Floyds.

East Clarendon (2-0) at Aynor (1-0)

Time | 7:30 p.m. 

Broadcast | None

Last meeting | Aynor 38, East Clarendon 30

About the game | Say what you will about all the three-yards-and-a-cloud-of-dust mentality at Aynor. But when the Blue Jackets’ offense is rocking and rolling, the scheme looks like anything but. Coach Jason Allen’s team averaged 9.4 yards per play in a season-opening victory over Waccamaw two weeks ago, gaining 20 yards or more on six different plays (five runs, one pass). At that point, all the running between the tackles starts to feel more like gut punches chasing uppercuts. 

HORRY COUNTY POWER RANKINGS

As compiled by My Horry News prep reporter Ian Guerin

1. Myrtle Beach - Seahawks may name their score against Socastee

2. Green Sea Floyds - Trojans have a real shot of their first 3-0 start since 2007

3. Carolina Forest - Panthers welcoming in normally stout Hoggard this week

4. North Myrtle Beach - Chiefs’ defense flexing and allowing offense time to gel

5. Aynor - Blue Jackets have scored 45 points or more in five of their last six games

Contact Charles D. Perry at 843-488-7236

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