Prep Talk | Myrtle Beach calls in ringer to prepare for Hunter Renfrow

10/02/2012 10:52 AM

10/02/2012 11:02 AM

Myrtle Beach has gone up against its share of big-time playmakers this year.

West Florence had tailbacks Darius Charles and Jalin Dixon. There was Harold Atkinson from Carolina Forest. And, of course, the Seahawks had to face off against Conway's Mykal Moody one more time.

This week, the focus is on Socastee's Hunter Renfrow.

The Braves junior may be the most important player in the area in terms of his impact on his team. Socastee is 6-0 (1-0 Region VII-AAA) and has rushed for 641 yards and 13 touchdowns. He's thrown for another 244 yards and a pair of scores, but it's his legs that drive the Braves' high-powered triple-option offense.

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"He's just special. He's got a lot of Mykal Moody characteristics," Myrtle Beach coach Wilson said. "He can make you miss and next thing you know he's in the secondary. I think the most important thing we've got to do - and we'll have someone assigned to him - we have to make sure we wrap up."

Wilson said he's noticed plenty of game film on Renfrow the last three weeks where opposing defenses couldn't bring him down on first contact, and he then broke free for extra yards. And as if that and comparing him to Moody wasn't high praise enough, Myrtle Beach brought in a ringer this week during practice.

Former Seahawk Morgan Byrd - who helped the team to the 2008 state championship and then accounted for 1,200 yards in rushing, receiving and returns en route to a spot in the SCADA North-South All-Star Football game as a senior in 2009 - was at Doug Shaw Monday playing the part of Socastee's talented quarterback.

Even that may not be enough to prepare for this system.

Braves offensive coordinator Steve Hodge admitted last week that the triple option allows the team to cover up other deficiencies. In some years, the offensive linemen are particularly small. In others, maybe receivers don't block as well on the outside. And, yes, sometimes even the talent at running back is down.

It would be hard to say any of those are really the case this season. The Braves are putting up about 375 yards rushing per game, a figure that dropped significantly when Socastee ran for only 300 last week in a lopsided win against North Myrtle Beach.

Running a scout-team offense to imitate it, then, is extremely difficult. For starters, Myrtle Beach's offensive coaches - the ones putting the practice players together to run it - don't use it at all in their own system. Next up, finding players who can execute like Socastee's is nearly as difficult.

In many way, thoughs, it's a two-way street.

Just like the Seahawks can't match Socastee's triple-option, it would be next to impossible the Braves could do that same against Myrtle Beach's spread. Of late, Wilson's team has started scoring points like crazy again.

The Seahawks have scored 110 points in the last two games, the Victory Bell win over Conway and then the Region VII-AAA opener at Wilson.

"It's kind of a catch-22 from that standpoint. It's tough to mimic both offenses with a scout team," Wilson said. "I think that it's definitely something that's hard to do, especially at game speed. That's the biggest thing. We'll try our best, and hopefully we'll give our defense a good look this week."

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