Week 5: Victory Bell to toll for Myrtle Beach

The Victory Bell is on the line again tonight in the Grand Strand’s oldest and biggest rivalry between Conway and Myrtle Beach.

The Tigers (2-3), who lead the all-time series 32-10, snapped a four-year losing streak to the Seahawks last season to regain possession of the trophy. They may have turned the corner on a slow start to the season in last week’s 42-40 comeback win over Marlboro County.

But the Seahawks (4-0), led by former Conway quarterback turned Myrtle Beach coach Mickey Wilson, are ready to bring the Victory Bell back to the beach when the two teams meet Friday night at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium. The top-ranked team in Class AAA is coming off a 33-10 win over Carolina Forest.

The Seahawks are banged up and may be without several key starters on defense, but the offense is starting to roll and goes against a Conway D that has been bleeding yards and touchdowns. Of course, the Tigers may be able to keep pace behind do-it-all QB Mykal Moody & Company.

Look for an entertaining shootout, but the outcome coukd be decided by special teams. Conway went for 2 following every touchdown in last week’s game after the first PAT attempt was blocked, while MB’s Max Huggins is booting field goals from all over the field and punting opponents deep in their own territory. … Myrtle Beach 27, Conway 20.

* North Myrtle Beach at Green Sea Floyds: The Chiefs (3-1) are on a roll, and the Trojans become the next victims of a team that is taking out 2 1/2 seasons of frustration out on its rivals.

NMB scored 48 points last week and could hit the 50 mark if coach Perry Woolbright doesn’t call off the dogs at the half like he did last week. … North Myrtle Beach 44, GSF 20.

* Carolina Forest at Beaufort: The Panthers (1-4) showed signs of life in last week’s 33-10 loss to Myrtle Beach, but they lack the defense to go up against some of the heavy hitters on their schedule.

Beaufort (2-2) is a tough team and a tough place to play, and the Panthers simply don’t have the horses to hang. … Beaufort 34, Carolina Forest 13.

* Carvers Bay at St. James: The Sharks came up short in a 53-40 shootout with Cross last week, but this week’s opponent won’t be quiet so polite on defense.

Stll, the Bears are a Class A foe that the Sharks should be able to wear down to earn their second victory of the season. … St. James 30, Carvers Bay 20.

Last week: 3-2; Overall 16-6.

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