Week 7 Previews & Picks: Tigers go back to old digs

confoot-hillIt’s only fitting that Conway moved Friday night’s game to Coastal Carolina’s Brooks Stadium. Amid a breakthrough season, the Tigers will return to their former off-campus home where the program enjoyed its heyday.

After heavy rains made it look like The Backyard had installed an outdoor pool earlier this week, Conway opted to relocate its game against West Florence to a place once known as The Graveyard. Conway played its home games on the old CCU soccer field, which earned its eerie nickname from the graveyard located directly across Highway 544.

Although the new Brooks Stadium is best known as the home of the No. 1-ranked Chanticleers and their trademark Teal Turf, the Tigers had a run of three straight state championship games appearances in their final few years at The Graveyard. When Coastal added football in 2003, the Tigers reached their last state title game in their first season playing on their new on-campus stadium.

With a 5-1 start coming on the heels of back-to-back 2-9 seasons, the Tigers open Region 6-4A play in true throwback fashion against West Florence (1-5), which has dropped five straight. The Tigers have the chance to avenge last year’s tough loss and establish themselves as a region fron-trunner with a win over the Knights on familiar terra firma. … Conway 34, West Florence 17.

* Carolina Forest at Socastee: The only local game unaffected by the flooding features the rival Braves (1-5) and Panthers (3-3) meeting in their region openers. Both teams are coming off much-needed bye weeks following physical defeats in Week 5, but Carolina Forest appears to have the edge in depth and talent this season. … Carolina Forest 27, Socastee 13.

* Myrtle Beach at Lake City: This Region 7-3A showdown has been moved to noon Saturday, and the Seahawks (3-3 overall, 1-0 region) hope to keep their momentum rolling following last week’s win over Wilson. Myrtle Beach finally got its passing game off the ground and the defense and special teams made some big plays to help the cause. The Seahawks are still the team to beat for the region crown. … Myrtle Beach 31, Lake City 17.

* St. James at Wilson: This showdown between the Sharks (3-3, 0-1) and Tigers (3-3, 0-1) was moved to Saturday at 2 p.m. While its hard to call any Week 7 game a must-win, the loser of this one will face an uphill battle in this tough region while the victor stays in the thick of the race. The Sharks need a big game to put themselves in good position to end its playoff drought. … St. James 24, Wilson 21.

* North Myrtle Beach at Georgetown: The kickoff for this one is still up in the air as the Chiefs (4-2, 1-0) and Bulldogs (5-1, 1-0) await this pivotal region clash. Georgetown has won five straight and North Myrtle Beach also seems to be hitting its stride at the right time coming into what should be a physical, hard-fought affair. … North Myrtle Beach 20, Georgetown 17.

Last week 3-1; Overall 25-10

Photo by Chuck Silvey

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