Five things to look for on local football fields this fall

With the high school football practice officially kicking off in the Palmetto State on Friday, here’s a countdown of things to look for from the Grand Strand’s pigskin squads this season:

5) The number of wins the St. James High football team are targeting this fall in order to experience the program’s first .500 season or better in the program’s short history. Second-year coach Mark Fischer has built a solid foundation in his first season (3-7 overall, 1-4 Region VIII-AAA) and it’s only a matter of time before the Sharks take a bite out of their dubious history.

4) Number of starters from Carolina Forest’s 7-4 team that will be playing college football this fall. Quarterback Danny Daly (Methodist College) and top-target receivers Aaron Williams (Louisburg JC) and Jarvez Holmes (Georgia Military Academy) leave a big void in the passing game, while top-tackler Christian Lewis (Tusculum College) departs a defense that posted four shutouts last year. Senior RB Harold Atkinson will have to carry the load for the Panthers.

3) Number of consecutive seasons that a player with the last name “Renfrow” will be the starting quarterback for Socastee. Two-year starter Jordan Renfrow just completed his senior season as a two-year starter for the Braves, but he went down with an injury late in the fall. Enter younger sibling Hunter, a rising junior at Socastee who led the Braves to their first home playoff win in school history as a backup. The Braves hope he can lead their triple-option attack to even greater heights this season.

2) As in No. 2, Conway High’s do-it-all quarterback Mykal Moody. The highly recruited athlete accumulated more than 3,000 yards combined rushing and passing last season with a total of 42 touchdowns … and he even missed some time with a concussion. With major colleges around the country offering scholarships to the dual-threat QB, all eyes will be on Moody this fall to run and pass past opposing defenses and lead the Tigers deep into the playoffs.

1) The number of starting quarterbacks the Myrtle Beach Seahawks will use to operate their high-powered offense this season. The Seahawks excelled under the quarterback rotation of rising seniors Tyler Keane and C.J. Cooper, alternating plays between the two signal-callers while piling up points on opponents. But with the loss of several key receivers, the Seahawks have moved Cooper to wideout and given the ball to Keane to see what he can do as “the man” behind center.

0) Number of wins the North Myrtle Beach High Chiefs have experienced over the past two seasons under coach Perry Woolbright. The Chiefs have closed the gap under Woolbright’s leadership, learning how to keep games close but not how to close the deal. Snapping that 22-game losing skid has been the focus for North Myrtle Beach this offseason, and look for the Chiefs to finally get to celebrate a long overdue victory this season.

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