The high school football regular season winds to a close, and there is plenty of chaos that can ensue on Halloween night as teams sprint to the finish line and remain hopeful of getting into the postseason.
South Florence at Socastee.
Our Game of the Week for a reason. The Bruins have been absolutely rolling since that opening week loss to Fort Dorchester. That spread offense with seemingly endless options goes against a Braves defense that is surrendering less than 20 points per game. The lowest point total for the Bruins this year in a win has been 28. Something has to give, right?
Georgetown at Wilson and Lake City at St. James.
Fittingly, both these games are on Thursday night, and feature two teams (Georgetown, 2-2 in region play and Lake City, 1-3) that are squarely on the playoff bubble. Wilson (3-1) is in good shape and St. James is out of it, but every possible outcome from these games produce a multitude of playoff possibilities. And anything that takes shape after Thursday can also go awry if North Myrtle Beach (2-2) upsets the region champs Myrtle Beach on Friday at Doug Shaw Stadium.
McBee at Lamar.
Winner-take-all for the Class 1A, Region III title. Both teams are certainly battle-tested this late in the year. Lamar's only losses this season are to Darlington and Hartsville, while McBee's lone hiccup was against Lakewood in Week Zero. The Silver Foxes are probably just happy to be back in their home digs: Prior to last week, the team completed a string of five straight road games. A win here could go a long way in staying at home for a little while more in the postseason.
Dillon (Class 2A, Region VIII), Myrtle Beach (3A, Region VII), Hartsville (3A, Region VI), Hemingway (1A, Region VIII). Also worth noting: These are the remaining undefeated's in our area. Coincidence? Probably not.
The winner of the aforementioned McBee vs. Lamar game earns a region crown. The same scenario exists for Timmonsville vs. Hannah-Pamplico and Socastee vs. South Florence.
Christian Buis, North Myrtle Beach.
Anytime a kicker is a nominee, you know it's because they earned. Buis went 2-2 on field goals, along with a 3-3 mark on extra points, but also recovered his own onside kick in the Chief's win.
Angelo Sauter, Socastee.
The heart of the Braves running game that has so many options, he punched the ball in twice in overtime for his team to take his team to an important win over West Florence.
Kyle Belack, Myrtle Beach
. It seems like he's on this list every week, but he continues to impress: against Georgetown he set a Seahawk record with 233 receiving yards in the game, and oh yeah, got into the endzone four times.
Past Primetime Performer Honorees:
Week Zero: Trayvon Thomas, Darlington (205 rush yards, 4 TD vs. Carolina Forest)
Week One: Avery McCall, Dillon (244 pass yards, 3 TD vs. Lake View)
Week Two: Drayton Arnold, Myrtle Beach (266 pass yards, 5 TD vs. West Florence)
Week Three: Kamron Johnson, Aynor (257 total yards, 3 TD vs. Latta)
Week Four: Brandon Sinclair, Myrtle Beach (240 total yards, 2 TDs vs. Carolina Forest)
Week Five: Loris Defense (allowed three points vs. Georgetown, and literally pushed the team bus out of a jam. That's worth honoring any week)
Week Six: Rodney Brunson, South Florence (26 carries, 184 yards, 2 TDs vs. Blythewood)
Week Seven: Finn Melko, Socastee (13 tackles, sack, FR, INT vs. Carolina Forest)
Week Eight: Jamison Chapman, Dillon (108 rushing yards, 4 TD vs. Marion)
Don't forget to vote each week, and enjoy the regular season finales!
South Carolina Media Top Ten Polls
T2. Goose Creek
T2. Dutch Fork
6. Fort Dorchester
9. South Florence
10. Fort Mill
Receiving votes: Spartanburg, York, North Augusta, Westside, Stratford, White Knoll
1. Myrtle Beach
6. South Pointe
7. A.C. Flora
Receiving votes: Belton-Honea Path, Seneca, Orangeburg-Wilkinson, Swansea
4. Fairfield Central
Receiving votes: Strom Thurmond, Powdersville, Academic Magnet, Mid-Carolina, Ninety Six, Chesterfield, Whale Branch, Lake Marion, Central, Keenan
1. Christ Church
10. Calhoun County
Receiving votes: Lakeview, St. Joseph's