The official start to high school football is just over four weeks away, but that hasn't slowed down area teams from getting out to participate in 7 on 7 passing leagues. Myrtle Beach High hosted five local teams and Hoggard High out of Wilmington on Tuesday night at Doug Shaw Stadium. Aynor, Green Sea-Floyds, Loris, Carvers Bay and Waccamaw joined the Seahawks in ten minute round robin quarters on four different fields.
Here are some notes from around the scrimmages:
Arnold Ready to Step In
Myrtle Beach's Mickey Wilson is looking to replace a lot of skill players, but it looks as if the Seahawks will once again reload. Drayton Arnold is a rising sophomore who's poised to take over the MB high paced offense. He shows great maturity and poise for a youngster who threw only 11 passes last year in varsity play.
Loris has more CCU flavor
Former Coastal Carolina offensive coordinator Jamie Snider has once again turned to a former Chanticleer to his staff. Marcus Lott will join Adrain Grady as assistants on the Lions varsity football staff. Lott was with the New York Jets in the 2012 NFL preseason and was cut in the final week. He was poised to get another NFL shot, but the Loris Middle School teacher broke his wrist during a field day. Lott took it as a message to end his pro dreams and begin his coaching career. Lott was an All-American safety at Coastal Carolina and was an Academic All-American.
Carvers Bay is still run first, but gains confidence at passing league
Nate Thompson always jokes about being at passing league. After all, Carvers Bay is traditionally a run-first team. The Bears threw it more than usual in 2012 thanks to WPDE All-Zoner DaShaun Aiken, but should go back to the run in 2013. Hikeem Hampton looked electric in 7 on 7 drills - look for him to have a big year for Carvers Bay. The Bears were shorthanded at Doug Shaw Stadium, with a number of key skill players taking part in a basketball tournament.
The Chevy End Zone premieres in August and WPDE Sports will once again host its annual Chevy End Zone Media Day in July at Wild Water and Wheels in Surfside Beach.