For the majority of Horry County teams, the non-region games are in the rearview.
We had game cancellations and postponements, but still got a good body of work from each area football squad. We’ve had some surprises, others who have met expectations and a few who have hit some unexpected bumps.
Outside of Green Sea Floyds, which will play its first region game in two weeks, the other eight teams will start fighting for playoff spots and seeding on Friday. That makes now a good time to break down everything we’ve seen to date and release our mid-term reports.
The report: Carolina Forest is 3-1, with only a closer-than-it-seemed loss to Myrtle Beach standing in the way of a perfect non-region schedule. And while the double-digit victory over Hoggard should carry some weight, the other two victories don’t tell us much because of the class differential and those teams’ standing. The Panthers should be beating those teams, and they did — which is priority No. 1. But there are a few holes that need to be plugged before we see how far this team can really go.
Green Sea Floyds
The report: That one blemish on the win-loss record isn’t a deal breaker for the Trojans for two reasons. One, it came against a pretty darn good Aynor team. Second, there is only one undefeated team in all of Class 1A (Wagener-Salley), proof that small-class teams who frequently have to play up in non-region play are going to take some knocks. Until proven otherwise, Green Sea Floyd is still the best team in the lower state.
AROUND THE AREA
St. James’ region opener at South Florence was originally scheduled to be played Thursday at Florence Memorial Stadium, but it has been moved to Friday at South Florence High School. It is part of the initiative for the three Florence 1 School District teams, all of whom will play one game on their own campuses instead of at the shared-use venue. It will kick off at 7:30 p.m. … Aynor wrapped up non-region play by scoring touchdowns in 15 of the 16 quarters it played. It scored points in all four quarters against Waccamaw, Green Sea Floyds and St. James while putting up points in three of four quarters against East Clarendon. … This Friday will be just the second time all season in which all nine Horry County teams are in action on the same day. Thanks to a pair of Thursday games in coming weeks, it will happen again only one more time this season (Oct. 18).