Record: 7-1, 2-0
The Tigers are 2-0 in the region and 7-1 overall, having one loss to a very strong Sumter squad. The Tigers are heading into their biggest game of the season this Friday vs. Marlboro County . Despite losing twice to the Bulldogs in 2001, the Tigers feel optimistic about this Friday night's game and their rankings in the playoff bids. The Tigers will face two other tough challenges after the Bulldogs, when they travel to Sumter County to take on the Crestwood Knights. Then, the Tigers will conclude their regular season at home with a Horry County showdown at the "backyard" with the Socastee Braves.
Carvers Bay Bears
Record: 7-1, 3-0
The Carvers Bay Bears motto "team comes first" has lived up to its meaning, as the former schools of Choppee and Pleasant Hill, now Carvers Bay High, have created a mutual bond. The football team, itself, has ignored the doubts of their team and pulled through each game with a shocking win. Their only loss comes to a talented AAAA Socastee team. The two remaining games for the Bears will be crucial in order to advance into the playoffs for the second consecutive year. The #1 Bears will travel to #2 Andrews this Friday to decide the possible outcome of Region 7-AA. Even if the Bears win Friday, they then have to face the Loris Lions at home next Friday. The Lions defeated the Bears 7-0 in 2001.
Lamar Silver Foxes
Record: 7-1, 2-0
Despite an unexpected loss to the Cheraw Braves, the Lamar Silver Foxes is still in contention for a region championship and another excellent season. Five of Lamar's seven wins have been shut-outs and Lamar's offense averages 29 points a game. Lamar seems to be in complete control with match-ups with McBee and Timmonsville in the two remaining weeks. Many anticipated that Timmonsville would be their biggest challenge, but the Whirlwinds hasn't won a game yet this season. The Silver Foxes host the McBee Panthers this Friday night.
Record 7-1, 2-0
Considering the Flashes record in 2001, many teams over-looked the Flashes as an easy win-- even some scheduled them for a homecoming game. That's even the more glorious for head coach Curtis Middleton, who felt his team was better than ever in the pre-season and their record simply proves his belief. Johnsonville has flashed through opponents left and right, preparing for their biggest game of the season... Hemingway. The classic rivalry of the two walking-distance schools, guarantee's to shake up the region rankings. This week, the Flashes seek revenge on Cross, who defeated Johnsonville 28-7 last year in Cross.
There's always some teams that fail to find the special chemicals to juice up some wins in the season. Then, there's some teams that play extremely well, but happen to lose week-after-week. The two following teams haven't tasted that sweet victory in 2002, but still show signs of improvement.
Record: 0-7, 0-2
No one would have ever expected that the Timmonsville Whirlwinds, who played at Williams-Brice Stadium just one year ago, would be still searching for their first win in Week 9. Even with a mid-season open date, the Whirlwinds weren't able to increase the speed of the gushing winds, and find a win. The closest the Whirlwinds came to victory, was on the road at McBee, where the Panthers outscored Timmonsville 45-36. The upcoming games doesn't look to bring relief for the Whirlwinds, as they face a 5-3 Scott's Branch and a 7-1 Lamar team.
Record: 0-8, 0-3
Losing unfortunately seems to come natural to the Waccamaw Warriors. The record shows only the out-come of the 8 previous games, and not the time and dedication that Head Coach James Brown puts into re-building this Warrior team. Last year, the Warriors claimed one win, and that came due to a forfeit by Latta. Brown told his team in the pre-season to not necessarily concentrate on wins, but strengthened this team on and off the field. Just for the record, the last time the Waccamaw Warriors experienced victory was last century, 1999, when they shut-out C.E. Murray 14-0. Brown feels optimistic about the last two games, even though he realizes his season will end after those two games.
In the coming weeks, South Carolina High School Football will enter the biggest time of the year, where some teams will receive a early Christmas present and others will receive that hard lump of coal.
Wednesday, SC Pigskin Prep will examine the Pee Dee Prospects that have shined thus far in the 2002 Football Season.