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

Myrtle Beach junior quarterback Luke Doty has had this week’s game against rival Socastee circled on his calendar for a year. On Friday he finally gets the chance to right the worst game of his young career.

In relief of senior starter Lawson Cribb, Doty completed a respectable 23 of 33 passes for 269 yards. But it was the more important stats – three interceptions and zero touchdowns – that allowed the Braves to steal a 50-34 victory over the Seahawks. A late red-zone pick-six killed any hopes of a comeback, a learning moment that has Doty and his Myrtle Beach teammates anxious for a little payback against Socastee.

Doty comes into the game firing on all cylinders. In two games, the South Carolina commit has completed 34 of 51 passes for 453 yards, six touchdowns and no interceptions. And it’s not just Doty and the Seahawks’ (2-0) offense that is lighting it up. The Myrtle Beach defense has only allowed six points so far this season, a far cry from the unit that gave up a half-a-hundred to the Braves (1-1) one year ago.

Look for Doty and the Seahawks to show exactly how far they have come since last season’s low point. The Braves have had two weeks to prepare but might be overwhelmed at Doug Shaw Stadium. … Myrtle Beach 44, Socastee 14.

* Carolina Forest at Hoggard (N.C.): This interstate battle of unbeatens brings back some memories for Carolina Forest coach Marc Morris, who had some epic battles with the Vikings during his nine-year tenure at Cleveland and West Hartnett in the Tar Heel State.

“We played Hoggard quite a bit and they are always a good group,” Morris said. “They’re well coached under Coach (Craig) Underwood. He has a great staff and it shows in how disciplined their kids are.”

Morris has tried to bring that same sense of discipline to the Panthers (2-0), and it has shown in their relatively easy opening wins. But he knows there will be nothing easy about Friday’s showdown with the Vikings (2-0). … Carolina Forest 27, Hoggard 24.

* North Myrtle Beach at St. James: The Chiefs (3-0) struggled through the first half of last week’s 35-10 win over West Brunswick but for turning it on in the second half. That shouldn’t be an issue this week.

The Chiefs (3-0) catch a Sharks (o-2) team that is in rebuilding mode. They had two weeks to get ready for the game but even that won;t be enough to stop the Chiefs. … NMB 38, St. James 17.

* Conway at Hartsville: The Tigers (0-3) are reeling from a rough start to the season and a shoulder injury to starting quarterback Daquinton Grady. It won’t get any easier against the Class 4A No. 1 Red Foxes. … Hartsville 34, Conway 13.

Last week 4-0; overall 11-3

– Photo by Janet Morgan/myhorrynews

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