Week 8 Previews & Picks: Braves vs. Tigers, Take 2

socfoot-2conBoth Conway and Socastee have shown signs of improvement since their first meeting in Week 2, when the Braves won a turnover battle for a 23-13 victory over the Tigers.

Six weeks later, these teams meet again in the only game that counts in the region race. The Braves (6-1 overall, 1-0 Region 6-4A) beat Carolina Forest in impressive fashion last week in their region opener, while the Tigers (1-6, 0-1) blew a double-digit lead in a loss to West Florence.

Despite their inverted records, this looks to be a close one with so much at stake. Socastee’s plodding power running game is good for wins but not for blowouts. If Conway’s defense will load up against the run and try to force quarterback Jordan Hodge out of his comfort zone, although the Braves QB did throw two touchdown passes in last week’s win.

Conway QB counterpart Peyton Derrick will try to take advantage of the mismatch of wide receiver Bryan Edwards against the Socastee secondary. If he can hit a few home run balls against the Braves this one could come down to the wire. … Socastee 20, Conway 17.

* Myrtle Beach at St. James: The No. 1-ranked Seahawks (7-0, 2-0) are starting to hit their stride after winning their first two region games by a combined score of 83-7. Those are average numbers for their offense, but the defense is coming together too.

The Sharks (2-5, 0-2) have lost a couple of heartbreakers after blowing first-half leads in region losses to Georgetown and Wilson. They could have used a dose of confidence by winning one of those games before facing the Seahawks. … Myrtle Beach 38, St. James 10.

* North Myrtle Beach at Wilson: The Chiefs (2-5, 1-1) finally broke free of their close-game curse last week by taking a hard-fought 20-19 win over Georgetown. That win should be just what the Chiefs need to turn the corner and make the playoffs. … North Myrtle Beach 24, Wilson 13.

* South Florence at Carolina Forest: The Panthers (2-5, 0-2) face another tough foe in the Bruins, the frontrunners for the region crown. South Florence just has too many offensive weapons for the the Panthers to contain. … South Florence 44, Carolina Forest 24.

* Dillon Christian at Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach: The Saints (1-6) are taking their lumps in their first season of 11-man football, but they’re also taking names. The teams that are piling up points on them this season had best beware in the years to come. … Dillon Christian 35, CAMB 14.

Last week 3-3; Season 27-8

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