Week 11 Football Picks: MB, Socastee in position to advance

The first hint that Socastee might be in for a record-setting season actually came last year at this time when the Braves won the first home playoff game in school history.

One year and 10 wins later, Socastee is in position to triple that feat. The Braves (10-0) host Crestwood (6-4) in the first round of the Class 3A playoffs on Friday night, and as long as they keep winning they will have the chance to host through at least the first three rounds of the postseason.

The only key to victory for the Braves is to continue playing solid, mistake-free football the way they have all season; don’t let the fact that it’s the playoffs make you change what’s been working during the regular season. The defense will have to step up to bigger challenges than it saw in the regular season.

That shouldn’t be a problem against Crestwood, which runs the same triple-option attack as the Braves. The defense has plenty of experience working against the option and should be able to dominate that side of the ball while Hunter Renfrow & Company do what they do best on offense. … Socastee 34, Crestwood 10.

* Manning at Myrtle Beach: This could be the Seahawks’ (9-1) final home game of the season due to their No. 2 seed in the playoffs. Of course, it could be their final game of the year if they sleep on the Monarchs (7-3).

Myrtle Beach may be getting healthy at the right time. Shrine Bowl selection Chocolate Wilson is back in the defensive backfield for the Seahawks, and linebackers Sean Michael Orcutt and OT Thomas are at full health after posting back-to-back shutouts. … Myrtle Beach 38, Manning 14.

* Conway at Carolina Forest: The Tigers are trying to wrap up the Class 6-4A title, which they can do with a win over the Panthers and a South Florence loss to West Florence.

Carolina Forest’s motivation is not nearly as strong. The Panthers would love to upset their rivals and send them on the road for the playoffs, but they already know that basketball season starts after this game. … Conway 41, Carolina Forest 20.

Last week 4-0; Overall 27-11

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