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Myrtle Beach's Rayshad Feaster gets a lift after scoring in the 41-9 win over Conway on Friday, Sept. 27. Photo by Janet Morgan/janet.morgan@myhorrynews.com

Here's the backstory on this week's matchups:
 
MYHORRYNEWS.COM GAME OF THE WEEK
Hartsville (3-2) at Myrtle Beach (4-0)
Time | 7:05 p.m.
Broadcast | WWMB-CW21; WYNA-FM, 104.9
Last meeting | Myrtle Beach 52, Hartsville 31 (2018)
About the game | In the last nine games, Myrtle Beach has shown every bit of its Class 4A juggernaut status. The Seahawks have won those nine contests by an average score of 44-14 and not had a game decided by fewer than 15 points. But why did we look at the last nine? It’s because the 10th game back was an embarrassing 70-34 defeat at Hartsville to close the 2018 regular season. Myrtle Beach obviously regrouped after that one, storming through the playoffs (including a three-touchdown win over the Red Foxes in the lower state finals) en route to another state title before carrying the momentum right on over to this year. Hartsville is still one of the best teams in the classification, but they’ve already hit a couple bumps in the road against lower-level squads and may struggle to keep up with the well-oiled machine playing at home this week.
 
Socastee (1-3) at Carolina Forest (3-1)
Time | 7:30 p.m.
Broadcast | WSEA-FM, 100.3
Last meeting | Carolina Forest 35, Socastee 7 (2018)
About the game | The Panthers have clearly taken control of this match-up in the last four seasons, winning each of them by three touchdowns or more. Given what we’ve seen so far, we probably shouldn’t expect a different result this time around. The Braves, despite picking up their first win of the season last week, are on the other end of the Region VI-5A pecking order from Carolina Forest. Marc Morris’ team has dismantled three of its four opponents and has more than enough in the tank to go out and make the most of its region front-runner status.
 
West Florence (3-2) at Conway (0-4)
Time | 7:30 p.m. 
Broadcast | WLFF-FM 106.5
Last meeting | West Florence 26, Conway 13 (2018)
About the game | Conway’s offense is still putting the team as a whole in too many bad situations, as evidenced by three more interceptions last week in a lopsided loss against Myrtle Beach. The Tigers are averaging three turnovers per game, and it’s a big reason why that side of the ball is struggling to find much rhythm, scoring seven points per game so far. Now that Conway has reached region play, those type of mistakes are going to be felt much more, meaning eliminating those the turnovers is crucial.
 
St. James (3-2) at South Florence (2-2)
Time | 7:30 p.m.
Broadcast | None
Last meeting | South Florence 35, St. James 6 (2018)
About the game | Want to talk about an under-the-radar game? This one probably won’t make waves around the state, but it is a significant one between two of the mid-tier Region VI-5A teams who will be fighting for a playoff spot. The winner here would have to really fall off to miss the postseason. That’s a heck of a proposition for St. James, which hasn’t be to the playoffs since 2015 but has already shown this year how much progress has been made.
 
North Myrtle Beach (4-0) at Marlboro County (1-4)
Time | 7:30 p.m.
Broadcast | WRNN-FM, 99.5/nmbchiefs.com
Last meeting | North Myrtle Beach 12, Marlboro County 0 (2018)
About the game | Ramsey Lewis has had two weeks off to get back to 100 percent after a minor injury, and with the team off as a whole last Friday, that means the already efficient Chiefs’ offense has had time to game plan for this one. That’s important, because Marlboro County has played a schedule that better explains the Bulldogs’ overall record. This probably won’t be a cake walk for North Myrtle Beach, but if Lewis and the offense can string together a few longer drives early and give the Chiefs’ stout defense any type of cushion, it could take control and keep its winning ways going.
 
Lake City (2-2) at Loris (1-4)
Time | 7:30 p.m.
Broadcast | WLSC-AM 1240
Last meeting | Loris 32, Lake City 24 (2018)
About the game | The murderer’s row portion of the region slate will begin next week for Loris, which will face Dillon, Cheraw, Aynor and Marion (who are a combined 17-1) in succession. But if the game is truly going to slow down for the Lions — as coach Jamie Snider hoped when he crafted his non-region schedule — Loris needs to prove it against Lake City. The Panthers are beatable, but we’re also going to see if the Lions get caught looking ahead to next week and beyond.
 
Aynor (4-0) at Cheraw (4-1)
Time | 7:30 p.m.
Broadcast | None
Last meeting | Aynor 48, Cheraw 43 (2018)
About the game | This clearly isn’t the same Cheraw team that slipped to a 2-8 finish while allowing 41 points a game last year. The Braves have bounced back to their old ways, led by a defense that has only really been cracked by Class 1A powerhouse Lamar so far this year. It will be a stout test for a Blue Jackets’ offense that is (coincidentally) averaging just shy of 41 points per game this season. Andrew Brown, Anthony Eaddy, Fred Pollard and the rest of the gang are rushing for 366 yards a game, and if they do it again here, it’ll really be saying something.
 
Green Sea Floyds (4-1) at Baptist Hill (4-2)
Time | 7:30 p.m.
Broadcast | None
Last meeting | Green Sea Floyds 44, Baptist Hill 14 (2018)
About the game | The last time these two teams played, during the third round of the 2018 playoffs, Anwain Graham, Jaquan Dixon and Bubba Elliott combined for six touchdowns to lead the Trojans to a blowout victory. All three of those guys will be on the field again, and Green Sea Floyds could again use their normal production. So far this fall, those three and a small number of other Trojans have already combined to rush for 1,526 yards and 20 touchdowns, all while averaging 8.2 yards per carry. 
 
HORRY COUNTY POWER RANKINGS
As compiled by My Horry News prep reporter Ian Guerin
1. Myrtle Beach - Seahawks are winning games by an average of 32 points so far in 2019
2. North Myrtle Beach - Chiefs are tested and rested heading into region play
3. Aynor - The Region VI-3A gauntlet begins now for Jason Allen’s Blue Jackets
4. Green Sea Floyds - Still two non-region games before the biggest game of the year
5. Carolina Forest - Panthers have a target firmly upon them for next five weeks
 
HORRY COUNTY STATS LEADERS
 
NAME
SCHOOL
PASSING YARDS
COMP-ATT-INT
TDS
Luke Doty
MB
765
53-81-2
12
Mason Garcia
CF
745
48-77-2
4
Gage Conner
LOR
678
44-94-6
5
Ethan White
STJ
466
29-62-1
4
Carlton Terry Jr.
CON
416
39-88-6
3
 
 
NAME
SCHOOL
RUSHING YARDS
ATTEMPTS
AVERAGE
TDS
Jaquan Dixon
GSF
697
57
12.2
9
Malachi Butler
STJ
558
93
6.0
3
Andrew Brown
AYN
502
64
7.8
7
Deondray Stanfield
STJ
483
67
7.2
8
Bubba Elliott
GSF
399
53
7.5
6
David Legette
CF
329
47
7.0
7
Ramsey Lewis
NMB
317
42
7.5
5
Raquan Brown
CF
274
37
7.4
4
Fred Pollard
AYN
271
27
10.0
4
Anwain Graham
GSF
268
35
7.7
2
 
NAME
SCHOOL
RECEIVING YARDS
RECEPTIONS
AVG
TDS
Brice Faircloth
LOR
309
14
22.1
2
Josh Murphy
CF
309
17
18.2
2
Riley Phipps
AYN
279
15
18.6
6
Darius Hough
MB
279
10
27.9
6
Xavier Kinlaw
CON
259
16
16.2
2
Deondray Stanfield
STJ
250
10
25.0
2
Kyle Watkins
CF
227
15
15.1
1
J.J. Jones
MB
172
16
10.8
4
Chris Gilchrist
LOR
170
11
15.5
2
Malik Livingston
NMB
151
11
13.7
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