Week 3: MB, CF roll to set up battle of undefeateds

Jon “JJ” Jones returned to his old stomping grounds at Socastee on Friday night, and that’s exactly what he and his new teammates did.

Making his debut with No. 1-ranked Myrtle Beach (2-0) against his former team, Jones caught two touchdown passes in a 37-0 win over the Braves (0-2).

“It felt good to be able to play again,” said Jones, who was declared eligible earlier this week following issues with his offseason transfer.

“All respect to Socastee. I still have a lot of friends over there, but this is my team now and I just wanted to do whatever I could to help us.”

Jones did more than his share, catching a game-high six passes for 60 yards. He nearly scored a third TD on an 83-yard punt return that was nullified by penalty.

“I’m so proud of JJ because he’s such a good player but he’s an even better kid,” Myrtle Beach coach Mickey Wilson said. “It was a big night for him.”

It was a sloppy night on both sides of the ball following a one-hour lightning delay and heavy rains during the game. Both teams committed three turnovers that were impacted by the conditions.

The big one came on the first play of the second quarter, with Socastee trailing 3-0 and attempting a potential game-tying field goal. A mishandled snap allowed Myrtle Beach’s Jerome Parker to scoop and score from 60 yards out for a 10-0 lead.

It then became the Jones Show as the 6-foot-4 junior receiver caught a slip screen, bobbled the ball, reversed field and leaped over a defender at the goalline for a 40-yard score. He hauled in a 6-yard TD strike from quarterback Luke Doty to give the Seahawks a commanding 30-0 halftime advantage.

Myrtle Beach’s Rayshad Feaster scored his second rushing touchdown of the night in the fourth quarter to put the finishing touches on an otherwise messy affair.

“It was tough but I thought we played pretty well for the situation,” Wilson said. “With the rain, the delay and the sloppy conditions, I thought we handled it pretty well.”

Doty called it an early night, completing 12 of 19 passes for 134 yards, two TDs and two interceptions. One was a strike that was dropped into the hands of Socastee’s Xavier Gore. The second was an underthrown target to Jones that was picked off in the end zone by Zahir Goodman.

Despite the shutout and , Socastee found some traction with its option offense. The Braves rushed 41 times for 164 yards but still failed to find the end zone this season.

Socastee visits North Myrtle Beach next Friday, while the Seahawks visit Carolina Forest.

Carolina Forest 37, Hoggard 14

Until the clock hit zero Friday, the Carolina Forest players didn’t want to talk about Myrtle Beach.

The Panthers said they were focused on Hoggard (N.C.), this week’s opponent, and they insisted it was premature to look ahead to next week’s matchup with the Seahawks.

But that time has ended.

Carolina Forest crushed Hoggard 37-14, and now the team’s focus shifts to the battle between 2-0 Myrtle Beach, the top-ranked team in Class 4A, and the Panthers, an undefeated group sitting just outside the Top 10 5A teams.

“It’s just like a playoff atmosphere,” Carolina Forest coach Marc Morris said of the Sept. 20 showdown. “That’s the reason why you play the Wilmington Hoggards. That’s why you play Myrtle Beach during the season. That’s what you want. That’s the kind of atmosphere you want your kids to have.”

Despite Morris’s praise for Hoggard, the Vikings did not look like one of eastern North Carolina’s better teams Friday.

On their first possession, the Panthers easily marched down the field and took a 7-0 lead on running back David Legette’s 10-yard scamper. Carolina Forest forced Hoggard to punt on the ensuing drive and then quarterback Mason Garcia added to the lead with a short TD run. Legette found the end zone again with two minutes left in the first to give the Panthers a 21-0 advantage.

The scoring continued in the second quarter when running back Raquan Brown rumbled 19 yards to put Carolina Forest ahead 28-0.

Although up big early, Carolina Forest didn’t end the half well. The ball slipped out of Garcia’s hands on consecutive plays, and the second time Hoggard picked it up and ran it back for a score.

But by the time the third quarter began, the Panthers had clearly made halftime adjustments. They forced another Hoggard punt, and on the next play Garcia made a short pass to wideout Kyle Watkins, who dashed 82 yards for a touchdown.

Morris praised his defense for holding Hoggard in check. Both Vikings’ scores came courtesy of miscues by the Panthers’ offense and special teams.

“We’ve got a good group on our defensive side of the ball,” he said. “We were really young last year. We expected a lot out of them coming in.”

Adam Janack agreed. The junior defensive back said his team excels at stopping opponents’ rushing attack.

“We’ve just got a lot of seniors that are a lot bigger [and] stronger than last year,” he said. “Our seniors are doing a good job.”

Although the Panthers handily won their first two games of the season, Janack said the defending 4A state champions of Myrtle Beach present a major challenge.

“[We’re] real excited,” he said. “We’re going to have to take each day in practice to a whole new level, win every day, and on Friday we’re going to have to come ready to play.”

By Charles Perry

North Myrtle Beach 29, St. James 7

The game between the North Myrtle Beach Chiefs and the St. James Sharks was billed as “the battle of the undefeateds” with both squads bringing 2-0 records to the Chiefs’ home field.

North Myrtle Beach changed all that and showed why they are ranked No. 3 among the state’s 4A teams.

The Chiefs used a balanced offense and a “bend but don’t break” defense to knock off the Sharks following an hour-long lightning delay. They were led by quarterback Ramsey Lewis, who passed for 185 yards and rushed for 133 more.

The Chief defense was led by Billy Barlow with six solo tackles and three assists. The Sharks only attempted nine passes and were sacked on four of those attempts.

St. James actually outrushed North Myrtle Beach 217 to 200 yards. The Sharks were led by Deondray Stanfield, who notched 102 yards rushing. They only put up 28 yards in the air.

North Myrtle Beach head coach Matt Reel said he was proud of his team but they’re young and still learning his system.

“We have a lot of intricate plays and they’re figuring it out,” Reel said. “We need to finish teams off in the third and fourth quarter and that’s a sign of a young team.”

He lauded the play of St. James, especially their strong running back.

“Stanfield is a great player,” Reel said. “I’d love to have him on my team.”

As for his team’s state ranking, Reel said they don’t shy away from talking about it.

“We talk about it every day,” he said. “I tell them they should play like the No. 3 team in the state. If you can’t embrace and enjoy being ranked, then why would we be here?”

North Myrtle Beach hosts Socastee next week. St. James travels to Georgetown.

– By Tom O’Dare

Hartsville 17, Conway 6

Conway spotted Hartsville a 17-0 lead before the Tigers’ offense sprang to life late in the first half.

Trailing 17-0, the Tigers cut the deficit to 17-6 on Carlton Terry’s 11-yard scoring strike to Wardell Brantley with 16 seconds remaining in the half.

Conway then recovered an onside kick at the Hartsville 46 and almost scored on the final play when Chris Dewitt caught a long pass from Terry and made it inside the five before being tackled.

The Tigers made two more trips into the red zone in the second half but came away empty both times. The final score was 17-6.

“We came out in the second half and were able to move the football,” Conway coach Carlton Terry said. “We got some excitement that came along with the end of the first half. This is a game of emotion, and without it you’re flat. We were able to get some excitement and get things going.”

After a pair of lightning delays, Hartsville drew first blood after blocking a Tonka Hemingway punt at the Conway 16.

The defense limited Hartsville to five yards in three plays before Leland Saxton booted a 27-yard field goal to give the Red Foxes a 3-0 lead with 7:27 remaining in the opening stanza.

Hartsville drove 75 yards to extend the lead to 10-0 on J’shawn Anderson’s 46-yard scoring scamper with 2:04 left in the first quarter.

Hartsville intercepted Terry and returned the ball to the Conway 6 to set up its final touchdown of the night, a three-yard scoring run by Darian McMillan with 6:23 left in the first half.

– By Robert Anderson

Photo by Janet Morgan/myhorrynews

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