Week 5 Previews & Picks: Victory Bell rings in rivalry

confoot-edwardsleapThe Victory Bell is on the line Friday night at Doug Shaw Stadium, and the Conway Tigers may have awakened just in time to make it contest befitting a bitter rivalry.

One week ago, this installment of the series seemed a forgone conclusion. The No. 1-ranked and undefeated Seahawks were sailing along as expected, but the Tigers slumped out to an 0-4 start and appeared in serious danger of having a winless season, which I’m pretty sure is a sign of the apocalypse in the River City.

But Conway played inspired football in last week’s win over Marlboro County, while Myrtle Beach’s defense showed signs of vulnerability by allowing 35 points to Carolina Forest. Of course, Myrtle Beach scored 52 so it wasn’t a major letdown, but the developments gave fans reason to expect a close game.

The Tigers still have plenty of issues to sort through, but they proved they are still fighting to correct them. They also have the athletes to give the Seahawks some problems, like 6-foot-4 receiver Bryan Edwards, but not enough to stop them. … Myrtle Beach 38, Conway 20.

* Socastee at St. James: This neighborhood rivalry used to be the final regular season game, but the Braves’ step up in class prevented this matchup from being the finale. No matter when they play, Socastee has too much firepower for the up-and-coming Sharks. … Socastee 27, St. James 13.

* Lexington at Carolina Forest: The Panthers have shown signs of a midseason turnaround and they can cement that trend by beating the visiting Wildcats. The defense needs to bounce back after allowing half-a-hundred to the Seahawks. … Lexington 32, Carolina Forest 27.

* Northwood Academy 24, Christian Academy 13: The Saints are still suffering through the growing pains of going to 11-man football. … Northwood Academy 27, CAMB 10.

Last week: 4-1; Overall: 16-5

– Photo by Chuck Silvey

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