Playoffs Previews & Picks: Seahawks set for pop quiz

mbfoot-9celAs the Region 7-3A champion and No. 1 seed in the Class 3A football playoffs, Myrtle Beach had two weeks to prepare for Friday’s first-round game. The down side is the Seahawks only had two days to prepare for their playoff opponent.

Myrtle Beach (7-3) had to wait through a bye week without knowing which team the points system would send to Doug Shaw Stadium on Friday before Dreher (5-5) emerged as the No. 4 seed. However, Broome filed an appeal claiming it should have the spot, a request that was finally rejected for a second time following a 2-2 vote Wednesday by the SCHSL appeals panel.

So Myrtle Beach went to practice Wednesday knowing its opponent for the first time. The good news is the Seahawks really only need to worry about themselves to get through the first round. Look for Drayton Arnold and Brandon Sinclair to have big games after having their first break since Week 0, and the defense should be good and hungry. … Myrtle Beach 34, Dreher 17.

* St. James at Marlboro County: The Sharks (6-4) are making a rare playoff appearance on the road against the Bulldogs (6-4), whose misleading record includes losses to state powers Dillon, Hartsville, Conway and Scotland County (NC). St. James has a team capable of running with the ‘Dogs but few teams leave Bennettsville with a W. … Marlboro County 27, St. James 21.

* North Myrtle Beach at Hartsville: The tiebreaker that gave the Chiefs the No. 4 seed also sent them to Hartsville against the state’s top-ranked team. The Chiefs (5-5) made great strides this season, but unfortunately they will be up against a talented team hungry for a repeat. … Hartsville 31, North Myrtle Beach 13.

* The Class 4A playoffs begin next week with Conway and Carolina Forest awaiting Friday night’s makeup games to learn their postseason fates.

– Last week 2-0; Overall 41-15

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