Week 2 Previews & Picks: MB headlines big Thursday

Thursday night fever has broken out on the Grand Strand as four area teams will forego their traditional Friday night under the lights for a Thursday affair.

Some made the move for TV, others to avoid the weather, and a few, I suspect, to get an early jump on Labor Day weekend. Whatever the reason, we’re all good for some great Thursday night action:

* West Florence at Myrtle Beach: The 0-2 Seahawks open the upgraded Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium against the also-winless Knights, so both teams are hungry to avoid an 0-for-August start. The televised game on CW 21 only adds to the excitement, and the field promotion of sophomore Luke Doty to be Myrtle Beach’s starting quarterback should attract even more fans and scouts to the showdown. The Seahawks made huge improvement between Games 1 and 2, and expect another step forward for program that’s not used to losing. … Myrtle Beach 41, West Florence 27.

* St. James at Carolina Forest: The Sharks snapped their 12-game losing streak last week, but don’t expect to see a two-game winning streak against the Panthers. Carolina Forest’s defense was impressive in last week’s season-opening win, and the it’s just a matter of time, like Thursday, before senior QB Matt Beale gets the Panthers’ offense firing on all cylinders. … Carolina Forest 34, St. James 13.

* North Myrtle Beach at West Brunswick (NC): The Chiefs are road warriors for the third straight week to start the season, and their defense seems to relish shutting down opposing offenses in their own backyard. North Myrtle Beach has allowed only six points in two games, and don’t be surprised if they maintain that impressive average Thursday against the Trojans. … North Myrtle Beach 31, West Brunswick 3.

* Conway at Wilson: The Tigers take the road for the third straight week to kick off their campaign, and Conway fans have good reason to have high expectations from this team. QB D’Wuan Grainger has hit the ground running and throwing for the Tigers, and he has lots of weapons around him. But the Conway defense may be its biggest asset, as Wilson will find out Friday. … Conway 28, Wilson 17.

* Carolina Academy at Christian Academy: The Saints opened their season with a big win last week, and now they have a chance to improve to 2-0 for the first time in program history. They had to share Ashley Booth Field with Myrtle Beach last week, but they should get some more time in the spotlight on a light Friday schedule. … Christian Academy 27, Carolina Academy 21.

Last week 6-1; Overall 9-3

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