Age of Daquarius: Wilson sparks Myrtle Beach to win

Myrtle Beach senior wide receiver/defensive back Daquarius Wilson proved Friday why he was named the Region VIII-AAA Player of the Year earlier this week.

The two-way player scored on a 35-yard touchdown pass from Tyler Keane and also intercepted a pass and returned it 75 yards for a score to lead the Seahawks to a x-x victory over visiting Airport in the second round of the Class AAA playoffs.

Wilson was a bit of a surprise pick as player of the year, catching just four touchdowns passes on the season entering Friday’s game. But the versatile performer showed why opposing coaches think so highly of him by turning up the heat on both sides of the ball.

Wilson’s TD reception from Keane put Myrtle Beach on the scoreboard first, but Airport answered with a field goal to make it a close game at 7-3. That’s when the Seahawks (11-1) exploded in all three phases of the game.

Co-quarterback C.J. Cooper threw a pair of touchdown passes to Trell Harrell and Sean Michael Orcutt blocked a punt that Kerry Chestnut returned for a score to give Myrtle Beach a 28-3 halftime lead over the Eagles (10-2).

Daquarius Wilson then ended any hopes Airport had at a comeback, picking off a pass and rambling 75 yards to paydirt to kill an Eagles’ drive and cap the scoring at 35-3.

The Seahawks advance to the third round of the Class AAA playoffs and face the winner of the Bluffton-Hartsville game. Myrtle Beach is seeking its third state championship in four years.

Photo by Rancier Photography

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