Midseason football report: Good, bad and ugly truths

Hard to believe it’s already time for midseason report cards, but region play gets under way Friday night and the season is half over.

Here’s a look at the local SCHSL teams as they enter region play, with the good, the bad, and the ugly truth about what it’s going to take to make the postseason:

Carolina Forest 1-5

The Good: Quarterback Will Brunson and top targets Kyle Belack and Zavier Jones are  putting up some serious numbers, thanks to the protection of the offensive line.

The Bad: With the exception of the fourth quarter against Myrtle Beach, the defense has doomed the Panthers’ chances to win more ballgames.

The Ugly Truth: The offensive fireworks are fun to watch, but the Panthers have to get better defensively or they have no shot at making the playoffs.

Conway 1-5

The Good: Quarterback Ethan Smith and wide receiver Bryan Edwards have kept the Tigers in some games.

The Bad: Injuries and suspensions have conspired to keep the Tigers from coming together as a team. The defense was flattened by Myrtle Beach.

The Ugly Truth: Conway fans aren’t accustomed to or happy about seasons like this. A strong finish is needed to avoid back-to-back losing seasons.

Myrtle Beach 2-3

The Good: Sophomore running back Brandon Sinclair is an amazing athlete, carrying a Seahawks’ offense that is used to traveling by air. The young offensive line and defense are coming together.

The Bad: The defensive secondary was torched by Carolina Forest and has to improve. Quarterbacks Drayton Arnold and Jake Deskins are scrambling to master the offense.

The Ugly Truth: The Seahawks are fortunate that they don’t face many passing teams in the region, but they must find more offensive balance to make the playoffs.

North Myrtle Beach 5-0

The Good: The Chiefs defense has been unbeatable, both against the run and the pass. Quarterback Kendrick Furness has shown they have more weapons than running back Delonzo Williams.

The Bad: With the exception of a big win over Class 2A power Loris, the Chiefs’ schedule has been loaded with cupcakes.

The Ugly Truth: A light non-conference schedule hurts the Chiefs going into their region opener with undefeated Socastee, which could decide the championship. But North Myrtle Beach is legit.

Socastee 5-0

The Good: The Braves offense continues to run like a well-oiled machine behind senior signal-caller Hunter Renfrow. Socastee’s secondary is second to none.

The Bad: The defense has struggled at times but appears to be getting it together as region play begins. The passing game is still relatively unproven.

The Ugly Truth: How far the Braves go will depend a lot on how well they can implement first-year coach Doug Illing’s passing game. It’s hard to get to Columbia exclusively on the ground.

St. James 2-3

The Good: Quarterback Josh Roper has done a good job of moving the offense on the ground and through the air. Female placekicker Nicole Myers has been a pleasant surprise.

The Bad: Inconsistency has been the Sharks’ biggest issue, especially on defense. They were manhandled on both sides of the ball by Carvers Bay, a big concern heading into physical region play.

The Ugly Truth: The Sharks have to avoid making mistakes and man-up for the region opener with Georgetown. A tough non-conference schedule should pay dividends in the region.

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One response to “Midseason football report: Good, bad and ugly truths”

  1. Wayne says:

    I am tired of hearing about NMB’s weak schedule. Yes, Socastee is very good and may prove better on Friday night. But, they seem to be getting a pass for what they did LAST year. Socastee is 5-0 against teams that have a combined 4-24 record in 2013. NMB’s opponents are a combined 11-14 and own a win over a ranked team in Loris. Both teams defeated West Brunswick with Socastee winning 44-30 and NMB winning the next week 34-7 with no offensive starters playing in the second half and the lone WB score coming against backups in the fourth quarter. So, enough on the weak schedule BS.

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