Pick 6: Six players to watch at CNB Kickoff, all season

Grand Strand football fans have all season to catch some of the top teams and players, but Friday night’s CNB Kickoff Classic is the only time and place you will see them all on one field.

The 6 p.m. preseason showcase will give us our first glimpse of some of the most talented players in the area. Here’s a list of six shooting stars to watch out for Friday, and all season long:

* Bryan Edwards, Conway, Wide Receiver: Local fans won’t be the only ones with their eyes on No. 4 for the Tigers. The talented 6-foot-3, 201-pound sophomore had a surprising freshman campaign, but the secret s out.

Edwards made a living on leaping catches over smaller defensive backs in 2012, and his maturity and ability has only improved entering this season. College scouts are drooling over his size, speed and soft hands.

For the first time in four years, Conway won’t have Mykal Moody to sling the ball around. But if his replacement can get the ball in the air anywhere in the vicinity of Edwards, he can go get it.

* Delonzo Williams, North Myrtle Beach, Running Back: Williams was well on his way to a 2,000-yard season when an injury sidelined him for two games and severely limited his big-play ability.

But the rising senior is healthy and ready to lead the Chiefs’ attack in 2013. After snapping a 24-game losing streak last year and going 4-6, the Chiefs have their eyes on the playoffs this time.

Expect Williams to be the key cog in North Myrtle Beach’s turnaround season. If he can carry the load and avoid injury, he and the Chiefs may be off and running in the postseason.

* Hunter Renfrow, Socastee, Quarterback: You’ve seen him run the Braves’ triple-option to the tune of  2,000 total yards last year, but the senior may have even more tricks up his sleeve this season.

First-year coach Doug Illing brings a pro-set spread attack from North Carolina, and he’s been keeping Socastee’s offense attack a bit of a secret all preseason. But he did drop a few vague hints.

In addition to running a combo-type offense, look for Renfrow to line up at running back, wide receiver and a few other surprise spots as Illing tries to incorporate his philosophy and disguise his best player.

* Keyonte Sessions, Myrtle Beach, Wide Receiver/Defensive Back: The Seahawks lost a ton of senior talent last year, including their entire defensive secondary and all but one wide receiver that saw extensive playing time.

But reinforcements are on the way, and this freshman could find himself in a starring role for Myrtle Beach by season’s ends. He may be the Seahawks’ QB someday, but for now he will be used to fill the holes at both positions.

Sessions is only listed at 5-foot-9, 150 pounds, but he has incredible quickness and athleticism. He may be used as a bit of a wild-card in the Seahawks offense. Also look out for him on the basketball court this winter.

* Tyrell Dukes, St. James, Wide Receiver: The Sharks didn’t throw the ball around a lot last season, instead opting to pitch it around out of a traditional option set that didn’t carry them to the playoffs.

But with leading rusher Austin Adams gone and quarterback Tony Roper having another season under his belt, look for the Sharks to pass the ball in the general vicinity of the athletic and speedy Dukes.

Also playing in the defensive secondary, Dukes has the ability to go to the ball and then make things happen once its in his hands. If the Sharks go to the air (oh no, not Sharknado), Dukes is a threat.

* Will Brunson, Carolina Forest, Quarterback: Brunson broke into the starting lineup and lit up the scoreboard for the pass-happy Panthers, who put up some points but couldn’t stop other teams from scoring.

But with an improved defense, the loss of leading rusher Harold Atkinson and the return of tight end Hunter Yurachek and receiver Zavier Jones, look for Brunson to really fly the friendly skies in 2013.

At 6-foot-4 and 185 pounds, college scouts are starting to lick their chops over the prototypical college QB with a rocket arm. Expect to see a lot more guys carrying clipboards at Carolina Forest games this year.

Photo by Chuck Silvey

Comments

comments

Florence fallout again pulls plug on Friday night lights

Florence fallout again pulls plug on Friday night lightsHurricane Florence 2, Horry County Schools 0. That appears to be [more]

Strand golf courses race to re-open in wake of storm

Strand golf courses race to re-open in wake of stormMyrtle Beach area golf courses, spared the worst of Hurricane [more]

SCHSL extends season but plans for Strand still afloat

SCHSL extends season but plans for Strand still afloatThe SCHSL's executive committee voted unanimously Tuesday to extend the [more]

Pelicans Young, Swarmer claim Cubs' POY awards

Pelicans Young, Swarmer claim Cubs' POY awardsMyrtle Beach Pelicans infielder Jared Young was named the Chicago [more]

Chants blow out Camels in front of Hurricane Florence

Chants blow out Camels in front of Hurricane FlorenceJust four days removed and 142 miles away from its [more]

Coastal baseball signs first BA Top 25 recruiting class

Coastal baseball signs first BA Top 25 recruiting classFor the first time in Coastal Carolina baseball program history, [more]

Hurricane Florence throws local sports scene a curve

Hurricane Florence throws local sports scene a curveIn response to the impending arrival of Hurricane Florence and [more]

Coast FA brings home five titles from Rock Hill Classic

Coast FA brings home five titles from Rock Hill ClassicCoast FA returned to the beach with five championship and [more]

CF boys finish second, MB girls net third at CCU meet

CF boys finish second, MB girls net third at CCU meetThe Carolina Forest boys finished second and the Myrtle Beach [more]

Chants explode in second half to cruise past Blazers

Chants explode in second half to cruise past BlazersCoastal Carolina football used a number of big offensive plays [more]

No. 4 Seahawks light up scoreboard, beat Braves

No. 4 Seahawks light up scoreboard, beat BravesThe No. 4-ranked Myrtle Beach football team celebrated Neon Night [more]

No. 6 Chiefs struggle their way past revitalized Sharks

No. 6 Chiefs struggle their way past revitalized SharksWithout raising his voice, without screaming his face red or [more]

Panthers take big win over Hoggard to stay unbeaten

Panthers take big win over Hoggard to stay unbeatenJackson Weatherwax knew he had the ball. Late in the fourth [more]

Football Roundup: Tigers, Saints fall, remain winless

Football Roundup: Tigers, Saints fall, remain winless* Hartsville 35, Conway 0: The Tigers (0-4) remained winless [more]

Golf: Sharks top Seahawks; Panthers knock off Braves

Golf: Sharks top Seahawks; Panthers knock off BravesThe three-time reigning state champion St. James girls golf team [more]

Chants hungry for first win in home opener vs. Blazers

Chants hungry for first win in home opener vs. BlazersThe Coastal Carolina football team will open up its 2018 [more]

Volleyball: Tigers improve to 6-0 with win over Bruins

Volleyball: Tigers improve to 6-0 with win over BruinsThe Conway High volleyball team improved to 6-0 Thursday by [more]

Week 3 Previews & Picks: MB has old score to settle

Week 3 Previews & Picks: MB has old score to settleMyrtle Beach junior quarterback Luke Doty has had this week's [more]

Tennis: Lady Panthers open season with win over Aynor

Tennis: Lady Panthers open season with win over AynorThe Carolina Forest girls tennis team served up a victory [more]

Chants move up in polls after acing UAB tourney

Chants move up in polls after acing UAB tourneyAfter posting back-to-back shutouts, Coastal Carolina's Chris Datallo has been [more]

Golf: Sharks claim second place at Palmetto Preview

Golf: Sharks claim second place at Palmetto PreviewThe three-time defending state champion St. James girls golf team [more]

Braves, Lady Chiefs finish runners-up in XC openers

Braves, Lady Chiefs finish runners-up in XC openersMetrolina Christian Academy of Indian Trail (N.C.) swept the Chief [more]

Saints' season put on hold due to low numbers, youth

Saints' season put on hold due to low numbers, youthOne year after a breakthrough season, the Christian Academy of [more]

Close loss closes curtain on long season for Pelicans

Close loss closes curtain on long season for PelicansIn the final game of the 2018 season, the Myrtle [more]

A Day at Darlington: Rain doesn't halt racing, revelry

A Day at Darlington: Rain doesn't halt racing, revelrySunday's Bojangle's Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway started with a [more]

Florence fallout again pulls plug on Friday night lights

Florence fallout again pulls plug on Friday night lightsHurricane Florence 2, Horry County Schools 0. That appears to be [more]

Strand golf courses race to re-open in wake of storm

Strand golf courses race to re-open in wake of stormMyrtle Beach area golf courses, spared the worst of Hurricane [more]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

© 2018 Grand Strand Sports Report · RSS
Myrtle Beach Web Design
Kayaking in Myrtle Beach