Wednesday, August 21, 2013
By Chris Sokoloski
The 2012 high school football season came to a disappointing end as all four Georgetown County teams lost in the first round of the playoffs.
The 2013 season begins on Aug. 23 when Georgetown hosts Conway and Waccamaw travels to North Myrtle Beach.
Andrews and Carvers Bay have an extra week to get ready before taking the field Aug. 30.
2012 was the second straight year the Bulldogs went on the road in the first round of the playoffs and lost, managing only a field goal at Marlboro County.
Coach Bradley Adams scheduled scrimmages against larger schools this summer to get his team ready.
“[Preseason has] been up and down,” Adams said. “We’ve had some tough opponents like Darlington and Carolina Forest, obviously a bigger program. … We feel like we’re the best that we can possibly be right now. We just have to keep working.”
“We’re looking great,” said senior Jordan Ward. “I think this will be the best team we’ve had since coach Adams has been here.”
“We look good,” said senior Nick Cooper. “We’re going to work hard and try and win some ball games.”
With fewer players on the squad than in seasons past, conditioning and staying healthy will be important for the Bulldogs, as will avoiding bad breaks.
“We’ve caught bad breaks every year,” Adams said. “We’ve got to sometimes catch the break. And if we can catch the break, I feel like we’ll have a chance.”
The Bulldogs will be tested on Friday, as Class AAAA Conway comes to town.
“What a better way to start than going against a team like that,” Adams said.
Georgetown finished the 2012 season 6-5 with wins over Andrews (44-0), James Island (14-8), Loris (39-16), St. James (35-20), North Myrtle Beach (34-7) and Wilson (49-42), and losses to Conway (42-27), Carvers Bay (20-14), Socastee (44-14), Myrtle Beach (18-0) and Marlboro County (37-3).
Every team in Class AA qualified for the playoffs in 2012, and the Warriors lost to Battery Creek 21-13 in the first round.
Waccamaw took to the field for only the second time this preseason on Saturday night at the Geathers Family Jamboree at Carvers Bay High School.
The team’s performance was “not bad,” said coach Tyronne Davis.
“We’ve only had one scrimmage … so this was our first opportunity to really get under the lights,” Davis said. “I think we were just a little scared before the game. I think our defense played well early.”
“The team looks good,” said senior quarterback Jack Monroe. “There’s some question marks, but they’re good question marks. In the end I think it’s going to all work out and by game five we’ll be ready for region play. We’ll know our team identity by then. We look like we’ve got some potential.”
“We’re looking pretty good,” said senior running back Jalen Simmons. “There’s some little things we have to fix.”
While Davis is pleased that he’s seeing more players each year, conditioning and injuries continue to be a major factor in the team’s success.
“We’ve got to keep everybody healthy,” Davis said. “The last two seasons we have lost key players. Unfortunately we can’t afford to lose one. We’ve got to condition better. .. We’ve got to be in better shape,” Davis said. “I think last year we [ran] out of gas early, especially the first or five games. We [ran] out of gas about halftime and in the second half we weren’t a factor. Hopefully we can correct it.”
“We have to stay focused,” Monroe said. “That’s what it’s all about. In my three years we’ve had trouble playing focused for 48 minutes. … Keeping your head down and playing football and not worrying about distractions.”
Waccamaw finished the 2012 season 3-8, with wins over Green Sea-Floyds (7-0), Creek Bridge (22-0) and Hannah-Pamplico (33-27), and losses to North Myrtle Beach (50-14), Timmonsville (50-0), Mullins (40-8), Loris (49-0), Aynor (38-21), Marion (30-0), Dillon (43-7) and Battery Creek (21-13).