Week 0 Football Picks: Braves, Panthers to put up some points

The Week 0 Game of the Week sees Socastee play host to Carolina Forest. The Braves’ triple-option attack steamrolled the Panthers defense to the tune of a 49-40 in last year’s season opener.

Despite the loss, Carolina Forest rolled up more than 500 yards against Socastee, but its defense couldn’t keep the Braves out of the end zone to keep pace. The Panthers have tried plugging holes on the defensive side of the ball, but they will once again rely heavily on their high-flying offense.

Carolina Forest quarterback Will Brunson looks to air it again in 2013 while Socastee counterpart Hunter Renfrow will anchor the Braves’ ground-and-pound attack. New coach Doug Illing could put his own fingerprint on the Socastee system to add some wrinkles to the effective but one-dimensional attack.

Look for this one to be another high-scoring affair with the Braves once again coming out on top. … Socastee 38, Carolina Forest 31.

* Conway at Georgetown: The Tigers have a new quarterback for the first time in four years, and Ethan Smith can’t do all the things Mykal Moody brought to the table. But he won’t have to if Conway improves in other facets of the game.

The Tigers may be in a rebuilding year, but that doesn’t mean they are going to roll over for the likes of Georgetown. Chuck Jordan’s kids have a knack for finding ways to win, which is what they will have to do in the Bulldogs. … Conway 17, Georgetown 13.

* Waccamaw at North Myrtle Beach: The Chiefs snapped their 24-game winning streak in last year’s season-opening win over the Warriors and they have the confidence to start the season off on another winning note.

Quarterback Kendrick Furness, running back Delonzo Williams and wide receiver Cameron Gore give the Chiefs some serious weapons on offense, but linebacker Laquinn Bellamy leads a defense that should be much improved in 2013. … North Myrtle Beach 34, Waccamaw 13.

* Loris at St. James: The Sharks have come a long way in a year. At this time last season, coach Mark Fischer had just been diagnosed with cancer and the team seemed to suffer from the distraction.

Now Fischer has a clean bill of health, and the Sharks are in the right mindset. With a roster of more than 60 players, nearly double the number before Fischer arrived, St. James finally has the depth to hang with some of the top teams on the Strand. Just not the Lions. … Loris 20, St. James 16.

* James Island Christian at Myrtle Beach Christian: The Saints play their inaugural football game Friday night, and for many of their players it will be their first football game ever.

The SCISA Class A squad is trying to piece together an eight-man football squad this year in hopes of  building a solid foundation for the sport. CAMB may have to take a few lumps before they are ready to win. … James Island 21, CAMB 14.

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