Week 7 Previews & Picks: Region openers prove key

Thursday night’s Battle of the Beach serves as the Region 7-4A opener, but it very well could be the showdown for the region crown.

No. 2-ranked and undefeated North Myrtle Beach plays host to rival Myrtle Beach on CW 21 TV’s “Thursday Night Lights,” and the victor very well could go on to claim the region title. The Chiefs (6-0), who won the 7-4A championship last season in a three-way tiebreaker with Marlboro County and Myrtle Beach, have been dominant all season, especially in crushing Socastee 41-7 one week after the Braves beat Myrtle Beach 51-34.

But the Seahawks (3-3), who defeated the Chiefs 43-23 last year, are showing signs of improvement after back-to-back wins over Class 5A Carolina Forest and Conway. Myrtle Beach played a tough non-region schedule and seems to have solved the defensive issues that plagued them over the first month of the season. But they will face a tough test in a Chiefs team looking to match their best start in school history. … North Myrtle Beach 28, Myrtle Beach 24.

* Socastee at Carolina Forest: Both teams are coming off big wins, but Region 6-5A play is when it counts and this one will be key in determining the playoff picture down the road. Both teams also feature big-time senior quarterbacks in Carolina Forest’s Matt Beale and Socastee’s Hunter Illing, who accounted for the bulk of their teams’ offense last week. This should be a great showdown of QBs and teams, but the Panthers (3-2) have the edge over the Braves (4-1) in overall team depth. … Carolina Forest 34, Socastee 27.

* West Florence at Conway: The Tigers have had a week to recover from their painful 13-12 loss to Myrtle Beach in the Battle of the Victory Bell, which should serve as a wake-up call right before the start of region play. Look for the Tigers (4-1) to bounce back in a big way against the Knights. … Conway 31, West Florence 13.

* Marlboro County at St. James: The Sharks (2-4) are still reeling from last week’s blowout loss to Socastee in the Battle of Highway 707, but the region opener presents new motivation. The Bulldogs (2-3) bring a hungry and battle-tested team to town coming off losses to state powers Dillon and Hartsville. … Marlboro County 24, St. James 17.

* Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach at Trinity-Byrnes: The Saints (3-2) are coming off back-to-back, one-point victories and have already set the school record for wins in a season. But they run into a tough Trinity-Byrnes (5-1) squad on the road and will need even more magic to make it three in a row. … Trinity-Byrnes 30, CAMB 20.

* Coastal Carolina at Louisiana-Monroe: The Chants (1-2) make their Sun Belt Conference debut against the Warhawks (1-2), and they need to shake off the dust from last week’s blowout loss to FCS school Western Illinois if they want to make a good first impression. … CCU 27, ULM 21.

* South Carolina at Texas A&M: The Gamecocks (3-1) dodged a major bullet last week against Louisiana Tech. They won’t be so lucky against the Aggies. … Texas A&M 31, South Carolina 27.

* Clemson at Virginia Tech: The No. 2 Tigers (4-0) face the No. 12 Hokies (4-0) in a rematch of last year’ ACC title game. This one should be a classic. … Clemson 23, Virginia Tech 20.

Last week 6-2, overall 25-13

– Photo by Louis E. Keiner

 

Comments

comments

Chants fight Mountaineers to finish but come up shy

Chants fight Mountaineers to finish but come up shyFor the fourth time this season, Coastal Carolina had a [more]

Conway claims region title with special win at Sumter

Conway claims region title with special win at SumterA bizarre special-teams turnaround proved to be very special for [more]

Region 7-4A: Chiefs win, take piece of region title

Region 7-4A: Chiefs win, take piece of region titleThe No. 2-ranked North Myrtle Beach High football team apparently [more]

Football Roundup: Braves, Saints win; Panthers falter

Football Roundup: Braves, Saints win; Panthers falterThe Socastee High offense had another big night to beat [more]

Chants shock No. 2 Terps amid late-season surge

Chants shock No. 2 Terps amid late-season surgeFor the second consecutive match, the Coastal Carolina men’s soccer [more]

Week 10 Previews & Picks: Points aplenty this season

Week 10 Previews & Picks: Points aplenty this seasonYou don't have to be a math major to keep [more]

Volleyball: 4 area teams sweep playoff openers

Volleyball: 4 area teams sweep playoff openersThe North Myrtle Beach High volleyball team opened the Class [more]

Former CCU fan favorite Gray dies in car accident

Former CCU fan favorite Gray dies in car accidentFormer Coastal Carolina University standout basketball player Chad Gray was [more]

Tennis: Saints, Seahawks, Braves win playoff debuts

Tennis: Saints, Seahawks, Braves win playoff debutsThe Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach girls tennis team waltzed [more]

Socastee boys make it seven straight region titles

Socastee boys make it seven straight region titlesThe Socastee High boys cross country team captures its seventh [more]

Lady Sharks capture fifth straight Lower State title

Lady Sharks capture fifth straight Lower State titleThe St. James High girls golf team officially made it [more]

NMB girls, SJ boys run to region XC championships

NMB girls, SJ boys run to region XC championshipsThe North Myrtle Beach girls and St. James boys cross [more]

Carolina Forest, Socastee qualify for state golf finals

Carolina Forest, Socastee qualify for state golf finalsThe Carolina Forest and Socastee High girls golf teams qualified [more]

Washington strikes gold, silver at SCISA state meet

Washington strikes gold, silver at SCISA state meetChristian Academy of Myrtle Beach sent eight qualifiers to the [more]

Trio of Lady Chants sweep weekly conference honors

Trio of Lady Chants sweep weekly conference honorsCoastal Carolina nearly swept the Sun Belt Conference weekly volleyball [more]

CCU shoots under par as team for top-five showing

CCU shoots under par as team for top-five showingFor the ninth time in nine opportunities this season, the [more]

Two local swimmers claim gold medals at state meet

Two local swimmers claim gold medals at state meetCarolina Forest's Taylor Steele and St. James Casey Mitchell were [more]

Keane injured as Coastal routed by Arkansas State

Keane injured as Coastal routed by Arkansas StateArkansas State quarterback Justice Hansen threw five touchdowns to lead [more]

Melchor's hat trick helps Chants upend Monarchs

Melchor's hat trick helps Chants upend MonarchsMartin Melchor scored a career-high three goals in leading Coastal [more]

Seahawks blast Bulldogs for second straight rout

Seahawks blast Bulldogs for second straight routDoug Shaw Memorial Stadium recently underwent major renovations. Perhaps they [more]

Chiefs capture first-place showdown with Wilson

Chiefs capture first-place showdown with WilsonThe North Myrtle Beach High football team placed itself firmly [more]

Football: Tigers rip Bruins; Panthers falter at Sumter

Football: Tigers rip Bruins; Panthers falter at SumterThe Conway High Tigers made a homecoming statement Friday night, [more]

Syracuse stuns Clemson, damages title repeat plan

Syracuse stuns Clemson, damages title repeat planNo. 2 Clemson suffered its first loss of the season [more]

Seahawks outduel Chiefs for region championship

Seahawks outduel Chiefs for region championshipThe top two ranked volleyball teams in Class 4A played [more]

Golf: Sharks, Seahawks cap season with victories

Golf: Sharks, Seahawks cap season with victoriesThe St. James High girls golf team paid tribute to [more]

Chants fight Mountaineers to finish but come up shy

Chants fight Mountaineers to finish but come up shyFor the fourth time this season, Coastal Carolina had a [more]

Conway claims region title with special win at Sumter

Conway claims region title with special win at SumterA bizarre special-teams turnaround proved to be very special for [more]

Comments are closed.

© 2017 Grand Strand Sports Report · RSS
Myrtle Beach Web Design
Kayaking in Myrtle Beach