Week 0 Preview and Picks: Chiefs-Tigers open season

All summer long Grand Strand residents have put up with the suffocating heat, the swarming tourists, the immobile traffic and the insatiable mosquitoes. One of the first signs that we can start transitioning into fall mode is the kickoff of the high school football season.

Week 0 opens the 2018 season Thursday night with a big intra-county showdown between reigning region champions North Myrtle Beach and Conway. The Chiefs, coming off the best year in school history with a 12-1 campaign, visits The Backyard to face a Tigers team that went 10-2 and won the region crown behind a senior-laden lineup.

Both teams lost key players but North Myrtle Beach returns key senior leaders on both ides of the ball – quarterback Cason McClendon and defensive lineman Marcellous Livingston. The edge in experience could be the difference for the Chiefs to escape The Backyard with a big win over the Tigers. … North Myrtle Beach 20, Conway 17.

* Socastee at West Brunswick: The Braves lost half their roster last season, but they have enlisted lots of young reinforcements. The big question is will the quantity translate to the quality needed to compete in Class 5A.

The Braves go north of the Carolina border to Shallotte, NC, to take on West Brunswick in their season opener. Look for another high-scoring shootout if first-year QB Seth McKinney can get the new-look offense rolling. … Socastee 34, West Brunswick 30.

* St. James at Loris: The Sharks are hoping to write a new chapter in the troubled football program’s history, but the Lions are a tough first out, especially on the road. … Loris 23, St. James 16.

Myrtle Beach takes the first week as its bye and won’t open the season until Aug. 24 against Hanahan.

Photo by Janet Morgan/myhorrynews

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