Week 7 Preview and Picks: MB, Socastee wage turf war

Note to Socastee High’s groundskeeping crew: You may want to order some extra sod to fix the field after Friday night’s showdown with visiting rival Myrtle Beach. These two teams can chew up some turf.

In a rematch of the game that decided last year’s Region 7-3A title, the Braves (6-0) pit their triple-option machine run by Hunter Renfrow against the Seahawks’ (3-3) record-setting sophomore running back Brandon Sinclair.

Socastee won last year’s matchup against Myrtle Beach’s aerial attack, but this time it’s a battle of ground and pound. Sinclair, whose father Randy used to carry the ball for the Braves two decades ago, will literally run in his father’s footsteps at The Reservation.

Sinclair is on a tear, leading all area rushers with 1,168 yards and 14 touchdowns so far this season. He is coming off his third consecutive 200-plus-yard, three-TD rushing performance (one was more than 300) in last week’s 33-21 win over Wilson.

Not to be outdone, Renfrow did it all for the Braves, rushing for 244 yards and a touchdown on offense, picking off two fourth-quarter passes on defense, and even returning a couple of punts to set up good field position in their 38-28 victory over also-undefeated North Myrtle Beach.

The Socastee defense gave up more than 500 yards to the Chiefs, and the Seahawks are surrendering 34 points per game. Look for the toughest track meet on grass when these two square off. … Socastee 44, Myrtle Beach 31.

* North Myrtle Beach at Georgetown: The Chiefs (5-1, 0-1) are coming off their first loss of the season to undefeated Socastee, and they draw another tough assignment in the Bulldogs (4-2, 1-0).

Georgetown opened region play with a win over St. James and the Bulldogs match up well athletically with NMB. The Chiefs cannot afford to drop to 0-2 in the region and must cut out the special-teams mistakes that cost them a win last week. … NMB 21, Georgetown 17.

* St. James at Wilson: Will the real Sharks please stand up? After scoring 54 in a win over Cross and only 6 in a loss to Carvers Bay the next week, St. James (2-4, 0-1) opened region play in predictably unpredictable fashion in last week’s loss to Georgetown.

The Sharks led for much of the game but allowed the Bulldogs to rally score three TDs in the fourth quarter for a 28-20 defeat. Wilson presents a considerably easier challenge, but you never know which Sharks will show up. … St. James 24, Wilson 13.

* West Florence at Conway: The Tigers (1-5) took a week off to lick their wounds from the beatdown Myrtle Beach put on them. It couldn’t have come at a better time as Conway opens Region 6-4A play against the Knights.

The Tigers had time to heal up a bit, and for the first time in weeks they will have most of their top weapons. Leading receiver Bryan Edwards is back from a one-game suspension, and top rushers Cortez Brown and Deandre Hickman are back in the lineup, which should mean lights out for the Knights. … Conway 27, West Florence 20.

* Goose Creek at Carolina Forest: The Panthers (2-4) can’t seem to get a scheduling break as a tough Gators team comes calling to Carolina Forest.

The Panthers’ high-powered passing game, led by quarterback Will Brunson’s 1,700-plus yards and 19 TDs, gives them a puncher’s chance, but it will take a Herculean effort by the defense to hang with the Gators. … Goose Creek 47, Carolina Forest 24.

* First Baptist Christian at Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach: The Saints close out their inaugural season with mixed results. Sure, they only won one game, but they also laid a solid foundation for the future.

What better way to close out their first campaign than with their first home win. … CAMB 34, FBC 27.

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