Week 11 Previews & Picks: CF, Conway vie for playoffs

cffoot-runThe October flood turned this into a bye week for local Class 3A schools, but a light schedule is short on intensity. Friday’s showdown between Highway 501 neighbors and rivals Carolina Forest and Conway is about as big as they come.

Playoff positioning is at stake, a far cry from the past two seasons when both teams came in with two or fewer wins. Now the Tigers (8-2 overall, 3-1 region) are playing for the No. 2 seed while and the Panthers (6-4, 2-2) can force a three-way tie for second place if South Florence defeats West Florence. Only Conway is assured a playoff spot without a win.

Conway is without star wide receiver Bryan Edwards, who underwent knee surgery and is done for the season. Peyton Derrick has plenty of targets to choose from and a solid running game for balance. Carolina Forest has been riding the legs of standout running back Dyverse Simmons and the arm of Matt Beale, but this game may be decided on the other side of the ball.

Conway’s defense is coming off a disappointing showing in last week’s 51-14 loss to Sumter, while Carolina Forest’s defense turned in its best performance of the season in a 44-3 victory over West Florence, narrowly missing the shutout on a curious late field goal try by the Knights. Just more fuel for the fire for tonight’s rivalry. … Conway 28, Carolina Forest 27.

* Socastee at Sumter: The banged-up Braves may be happy to see the season end so they can mend up for next season, but the region champion Gamecocks offer one last chance to finish on a strong note. Unfortunately the Gamecocks are looking to keep their momentum heading into the postseason. … Sumter 35, Socastee 13.

Last week 4-1, Overall 39-15

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