With 10 games on the slate this week, it's going to be an interesting one.
Teams are jockeying for position in their respective regions. For some, that means fighting to keep up with the big boys; for others, it means struggling to stay out of last place.
Everyone is going to be talking about a pair of games - Conway at West Florence and Socastee at Myrtle Beach - and for good reason. However, two games at the Class AA level are just as interesting. Aynor has done a fine job so far proving it's not the same old Blue Jacket team. However, games like Friday's against Marion have typically given coach Jody Jenerette's team problems.
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Also in Region VIII-AA, Loris heads to Waccamaw needing to win in order to keep pace with region front-runner Dillon. If both Aynor and Loris win, we can probably start looking ahead to the regular-season finale, when the Lions visit Aynor.
On to this week's picks:
HANNAH-PAMPLICO (1-5, 0-1) AT GREEN SEA-FLOYDS (1-5, 0-1): First-year coach Tony Sullivan was dealt a huge blow back in the preseason when tailback Rashad Bessant went down with an ankle injury. And despite winning the season opener and then playing Waccamaw close, the Trojans are - for lack of a better term now - plummeting. They've lost their last four games by an average of 30 points. That won't happen this week, but there's a strong possibility a win won't, either. Prediction: Hannah-Pamplico 20, Green Sea-Floyds 17
CARVERS BAY (5-1, 1-0) AT SCOTT'S BRANCH (0-6, 0-1): Carvers Bay is quickly becoming a team to watch at the state's smallest class. The Bears have a very good quarterback in Da'Shaun Aiken (nine TD passes to only one interception), a quality running game behind Devin Cuttino and a high-quality defense that is giving up fewer than 10 points per game. Prediction: Carvers Bay 29, Scott's Branch 6
KINGSTREE (1-5, 0-1) AT ANDREWS (1-5, 0-1): Andrews could very easily be 3-3 had it not been for its last two games. The Yellow Jackets dropped losses to Stall and Lee Central by a combined eight points. What better to end a losing streak than a game against Kingstree. The Jaguars have won only once since the start of the 2010 season. Prediction: Andrews 32, Kingstree 15
AYNOR (4-2, 0-1) AT MARION (1-5, 0-1): That lopsided loss to Dillon last week hurt a bit, but it's not as if the Blue Jackets have forgotten how to run the ball effectively. Aynor can get back on the winning track by doing what it has for the majority of the season. Prediction: Aynor 37, Marion 27
LORIS (4-2, 1-0) AT WACCAMAW (3-3, 0-1): All Loris did after falling to Georgetown two weeks ago was come back and destroy Marion 56-0, with all those points coming in the first half. The Lions are officially playing with a chip on their shoulder, and that's not a good sign for Waccamaw. Prediction: Loris 30, Waccamaw 7
WILSON (2-4, 0-1) AT ST. JAMES (1-5, 0-1): There is a bit of desperation attached to this game. The loser is going to have one heck of a time still qualifying for the playoffs, while the winner is going to be in the thick of one of Region VII-AAA's four spots. Either way, this one is a very underrated game. Prediction: Wilson 23, St. James 22
GEORGETOWN (4-2, 1-0) AT NORTH MYRTLE BEACH (4-2, 0-1): Both teams may not be at 100 percent as both starting running backs are banged up. In this case, Georgetown may have a better back-up plan. Bulldogs quarterback Caleb Hughes has had a handful of nice games this season, and this has the makings of another one. Prediction: Georgetown 24, North Myrtle Beach 20
CAROLINA FOREST (1-5) AT GOOSE CREEK (6-0): No getting around the fact that Goose Creek is probably the favorite for the Class AAAA, Division II title. The Gators are ranked No. 2 in the state and are attempting to push their winning streak to 20 straight games. Did I mention all of the previous 19 have come by double digits? Prediction: Goose Creek 55, Carolina Forest 14
CONWAY (2-4) AT WEST FLORENCE (5-1): West Florence came out of nowhere last season to win the Region VI-AAAA crown, but it was Conway who had the best chance at preventing it. The Tigers are coming into this game having played better against Myrtle Beach than any of the other Region VI-AAAA teams who played the Seahawks. And even though coach Chuck Jordan's team still lost, he knows this offense has some serious potential in second half of the regular season. Prediction: Conway 45, West Florence 39
SOCASTEE (6-0, 1-0) AT MYRTLE BEACH (6-0, 1-0): Speaking of shootouts, Doug Shaw's packed house is probably going to get another high-scoring game Friday, too. Myrtle Beach has scored 56 and 54 points in the last two games. The Braves are averaging better than 40 a game. Translation - break out some advil. A couple of defensive coordinators may need it. Prediction: Myrtle Beach 47, Socastee 40
Last week: 9-0