Week 2 Previews & Picks: Seahawks seek end zone

mbfoot-sinclairThere have already been a lot of surprises to start the 2015 football season, but Myrtle Beach’s 24-3 loss to Charlotte Christian last weekend has been the biggest jaw-dropper. Not so much to the loss since the Knights are an NC power, but the score – or lack of – was shocking for Seahawks fans accustomed to seeing basketball numbers on the scoreboard.

To be fair, Charlotte Christian is loaded on defense with as many as five legit college recruits. The Knights also had a game under their belts – a 5-0 loss to Charlotte Catholic – so they haven’t allowed a touchdown this season. But you have to dig deep in the history books to find the last time Myrtle Beach was held out of the end zone – a 7-6 loss to Conway in 2006.

If any good can come of it, the Seahawks received an early wake-up call for their state title quest. After all, you don’t have to be No. 1 in September. Look for Myrtle Bewach to get its offense untracked against the Knights. … Myrtle Beach 31, West Florence 20.

* Socastee at Conway: This meeting doesn’t count in the Region 6-4A standings but the intensity of the rivalry makes it a big game, especially for the undefeated Tigers. Conway can improve to 3-0 before opening a tough non-region stretch against Hartsville, Marlboro County and Myrtle Beach. The 0-2 Braves are in serious need of a confidence boost. … Conway 34, Socastee 13.

* St. James at Carolina Forest: The two most surprising teams so far are both 1-1, but they have already shnown better than most expected. The Panthers nearly pulled off a huge upset over Fort Dorchester last weekend, and the Sharks fell short against Andrews. But if their season-opening wins are any indications, this should be a hard-fought affair. … Carolina Forest 27, St. James 17.

* North Myrtle Beach at West Brunswick: The Chiefs showed signs of promise in last week’s 27-26 win over rival Loris. Now they cross the state border to battle West Brunswick, which already has big wins over Socastee and South Columbus. But the young Chiefs should continue to improve with experience and should pull another one out of the fire. NMB 23, West Brunswick 20.

* Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach at First Baptist: The bad news is the Saints lost 48-7 to SCISA powerhouse Dillon Academy in last week’s season opener. The good news is the Hurricanes suffered a 55-0 setback against Pinewood Prep. This may be the Saints’ best shot at a win before entering the meat of their schedule. … CAMB 28, First Baptist 14.

Last week: 6-1; Season: 7-4

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