Grand Strand gridiron fans get double dip this weekend

Grand Strand football fans get two servings of pigskin this weekend with the traditional Friday night lineup and Saturday’s Surf and Turf Kickoff Classic.

Five of six local teams will be facing foes from outside the area, with Socastee crossing the state line to take on West Brunswick (N.C.), while Carolina Forest welcomes Fort Dorchester from the Midlands on Friday night.

Facing foes closer to home will be St. James, which makes the trip to Andrews in the outer reaches of Georgetown County, while North Myrtle Beach welcomes neighboring rival Loris, also on Friday.

The inaugural Surf and Turf Kickoff Classic, now called the Derrick Law Firm Kickoff, will feature a doubleheader at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium on Saturday. Conway welcomes Upstate power Northwestern at 5 p.m., followed by Myrtle Beach hosting Midlands power Irmo at 8 p.m.

The Seahawks will be playing their season opener after taking a bye in Week 0, while the Tigers look to improve to 2-0 after defeating Georgetown last weekend. Quarterback Mykal Moody will see what he can do against a tougher Northwestern defense.

Also looking to remain unbeaten will be Socastee, a 49-40 winner over Carolina Forest, and North Myrtle Beach, which snapped a 22-game losing streak last week at Waccamaw. The Chiefs are looking to beat the rival Lions for the first time since 2009.

Looking for their first taste of victory in 2012 will be St. James, which suffered a tough 9-8 loss at Loris last week, and Carolina Forest, which fell to Socastee.

For continuous score updates and the first game stories on the Strand, check out GrandStrandSportsReport.com and our Facebook page.

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