Myrtle Beach's Jones shines in rainy game with Socastee

Myrtle Beach's J.J. Jones runs for a touchdown in the game at Socastee. Myrtle Beach won 37-0. Friday marked Jones' first outing as a Seahawk after transferring from Socastee. Photo by Janet Morgan/janet.morgan@myhorrynews.com

Here's a look at Horry County's Friday night football games:

MYHORRYNEWS.COM GAME OF THE WEEK

Myrtle Beach (2-0) at Carolina Forest (2-0)

Time | 7:05 p.m.

Broadcast | WWMB-CW21; WYNA-FM, 104.9

Last meeting | Myrtle Beach 35, Carolina Forest 14 (2017)

About the game | This matchup is going to have eyeballs on it across the nation, as the local game of the week will be simultaneously broadcast on Stadium. There’s a reason for that, as these are two of the best teams in the state and have the type of draw that fans of high school and college ball will find interesting. Top-flight quarterbacks? Check. Successful head coaches? Check. Strong defenses? Check. This game will be framed quite a bit about quarterbacks Luke Doty and Mason Garcia, but across the board there will be plenty of invitations to tune in and pay attention. 

Socastee (0-2) at North Myrtle Beach (3-0)

Time | 7:30 p.m.

Broadcast | WSEA-FM, 100.3; WRNN-FM, 99.5/nmbchiefs.com

Last meeting | North Myrtle Beach 41, Socastee 7 (2017)

About the game | You can say that North Myrtle Beach is making the most of its non-region schedule of late. The Chiefs have finished perfect in that category in three straight seasons, and only Socastee stands in the way of preventing it this time around. A Braves win in this game would be one heck of an upset. Socastee has yet to score a point in two games this year, while the defense has allowed 28 and 37 points, respectively. Meanwhile, North Myrtle Beach is rolling. They’ve beaten two Class 5A opponents (Conway and St. James) and rival Loris by an average of three touchdowns.

St. James (2-1) at Georgetown (1-1)

Time | 7:30 p.m.

Broadcast | None

Last meeting | Georgetown 26, St. James 23 (2017)

About the game | Of all the teams St. James has played on a consistent basis, only Myrtle Beach has dominated the series against the Sharks more than Georgetown. The Bulldogs have won 13 of their 14 matchups against St. James since 2004. Despite that, coach Tommy Norwood’s team would probably be considered the favorite in this one by just about any measure. Even in last week’s loss to North Myrtle Beach, St. James is showing significant process on both sides of the ball. And against an opponent like Georgetown, the Sharks’ potential is much higher than ever before in the matchup.

Green Sea Floyds (3-0) at Aynor (2-0)

Time | 7:30 p.m.

Broadcast | None

Last meeting | Aynor 24, Green Sea Floyds 14

About the game | The defending Class A state champs against another solid Class 3A team? Now add in the western-most rivalry in the county, and you’ve got yourself the making for a pretty solid non-region game. Amid all the hoopla, don’t forget to focus on the two teams’ biggest playmakers. Trojans’ tailback Jaquan Dixon (387 yards, seven touchdowns) is leading the area in rushing despite averaging just nine carries per game. Teammates Bubba Elliott and Anwain Graham are also averaging better than six yards per carry. On the other side, Andrew Brown has shown the ability to break long runs of his own while also picking some dangerous spots through the air.

HORRY COUNTY POWER RANKINGS

As compiled by My Horry News prep reporter Ian Guerin

1. Myrtle Beach - Defense is dominating, a dangerous prospect given offensive potential

2. Green Sea Floyds - Trojans got one heck of a scare against Loris but still picked up the W

3. Carolina Forest - Panthers roughed up one of eastern North Carolina’s best teams last week

4. North Myrtle Beach - Another undefeated non-region finish is one win away

5. Aynor - Blue Jackets have their biggest non-region test this week

AREA STATS LEADERS (THROUGH SEPT. 13)


NAME

SCHOOL

PASSING YARDS

COMP-ATT-INT

TDS

Gage Conner

LOR

533

33-70-5

4

Ethan White

STJ

341

21-44-1

3

Mason Garcia

CF

314

13-28-2

2

Ramsey Lewis

NMB

276

19-34-0

1

Luke Doty

MB

271

23-32-1

4

 

NAME

SCHOOL

RUSHING YARDS

ATTEMPTS

AVERAGE

TDS

Jaquan Dixon

GSF

387

27

14.3

7

Ramsey Lewis

NMB

317

42

7.5

5

Andrew Brown

AYN

248

27

9.2

3

David Legette

CF

243

27

9.0

5

Deondray Stanfield

STJ

236

39

6.0

3

Bubba Elliott

GSF

229

36

6.4

3

Malachi Butler

STJ

207

57

3.6

1

Anwain Graham

GSF

199

26

7.7

1

Raquan Brown

CF

191

22

8.7

3

Brice Faircloth

LOR

168

30

5.6

1

 

NAME

SCHOOL

RECEIVING YARDS

RECEPTIONS

AVG

TDS

Brice Faircloth

LOR

226

11

20.5

1

Deondray Stanfield

STJ

224

9

24.9

2

Xavier Kinlaw

CON

155

12

12.9

1

Chris Gilchrist

LOR

145

7

20.7

2

Zyer Belle

NMB

140

5

28.0

2

Malik Livingston

NMB

127

9

14.1

0

Josh Murphy

CF

111

4

27.8

1

Kyle Watkins

CF

111

5

22.2

1

Riley Phipps

AYN

110

7

15.7

3

Jaylan Sparkman

MB

109

7

15.6

1

 
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Contact Charles D. Perry at 843-488-7236

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