Athlete of the Week: Keane learns on the fly for MBHS

After moving hundreds of miles and attending three different schools, Tyler Keane has finally found a home at Myrtle Beach High.

The junior quarterback has picked up the Seahawks’ complex spread offense in short order and has really started to hit his stride recently.

In Myrtle Beach’s past two outings, which saw them clinch the region championship, Keane completed 29 of 38 passes for 384 yards and eight touchdowns.

But perhaps his most impressive stat was 20,015 – the record number of votes he received to be named the Mammy’s Kitchen Athlete of the Week.

“Tyler is a real hard worker, which is the only way he could have learned our offense so quickly,” said Myrtle Beach coach Mickey Wilson. “The last three or four weeks things have really become clear to him.”

Rewind five years when Keane played football in Maryland. His strong left arm and football smarts made him an ideal candidate for QB, but a move to Carolina Forest in the eighth grade made him start over from scratch.

Then his family moved across the Intracoastal Waterway to Myrtle Beach during his sophomore year, and Keane had to take on the task of learning the Seahawks’ intricate passing offense.

“At first I was confused, but the players and coaches have spent a lot of time helping me out,” Keane said. “It’s hard (moving a lot) but everybody here has been very welcoming. It’s a family atmosphere.”

Wilson, the father of the football family, is happy to have the new addition: “He was here for spring practice and passing league, so that helped a lot,” he said. “But so much of what we do is repetition, and he just needed to get enough snaps for the light to come on.”

The 6-foot southpaw quickly worked his way up the QB depth chart, coming into the season as the co-starter with fellow junior C.J. Cooper. The two have continued to rotate plays throughout the season, a ploy that rarely works when egos are involved. But Keane and Cooper have managed to co-exist as a deadly 1-2 punch.

“C.J. and I push each other to get better and it works well for both of us,” Keane said. “I like being able to come to the sideline so Coach Wilson can show me things between plays. It’s really helped me learn.”

The two-QB set has paid off handsomely for the Seahawks, who are going for the second straight Class AAA state championship. That’s Keane’s main focus, but eventually he hopes to play on Saturdays.

“It’s always been my dream to play college football,” said Keane, who has completed 92 of 152 passes for 1,312 yards, 19 TDs and only two interceptions this season. “Coming here has given me confidence that I can do it.”

After all, he’s already shown he can handle the adjustment.

Photo by Rancier Photography

Comments

comments

Runners pound pavement for Turkey Trot road races

Runners pound pavement for Turkey Trot road racesSixteen-year-old Rory Legg-Bell of Hillsborough, NC, was the first to [more]

Chants slam St. Andrews; Shaw tallies 1,000th point

Chants slam St. Andrews; Shaw tallies 1,000th pointDemario Beck scored 12 points and had 15 rebounds in [more]

Girls Hoops: CF rips net, Braves in Sand & Hoops

Girls Hoops: CF rips net, Braves in Sand & HoopsThe girls high school basketball season is only beginning, yet [more]

Saints step up to capture Bulldog Shootout crown

Saints step up to capture Bulldog Shootout crownThe Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach boys basketball team not [more]

Hoops: CF, Socastee, SJ win tournament openers

Hoops: CF, Socastee, SJ win tournament openersThe Carolina Forest High girls basketball team needed a little [more]

Coastal upsets Clemson, marches on to Sweet 16

Coastal upsets Clemson, marches on to Sweet 16Martin Melchor scored two goals and had an assist while [more]

Beach United teams close fall season in Wilmington

Beach United teams close fall season in WilmingtonThe Beach United Football Club saw eight teams close out [more]

CAC swimmers dominate podium at regional meet

CAC swimmers dominate podium at regional meetPalmetto Aquatics (PALM) hosted the 2017 Thanksgiving Invite Meet on [more]

Coastal repeats as SBC champ, awaits NCAA foe

Coastal repeats as SBC champ, awaits NCAA foeThe Coastal Carolina volleyball team defeated #2 Texas State in [more]

Local hoops season tips off with two girls tourneys

Local hoops season tips off with two girls tourneysWinter might still be a month away, but the high [more]

Gamecocks net fifth place in Puerto Rico Tip-Off

Gamecocks net fifth place in Puerto Rico Tip-OffSouth Carolina men's basketball coach Frank Martin claimed his 100th [more]

Cuthbertson's career-high 31 points lead Chants' win

Cuthbertson's career-high 31 points lead Chants' winZac Cuthbertson torched the nets for 31 points in leading [more]

Chants handle Vandals, score first Sun Belt win

Chants handle Vandals, score first Sun Belt winIdaho scored on the opening possession of the game but [more]

Saints open season with wins, reach tourney final

Saints open season with wins, reach tourney finalThe Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach boys basketball team opened [more]

CCU men fall to Vermont; Lady Chants blast UNCW

CCU men fall to Vermont; Lady Chants blast UNCWZac Cuthbertson scored a game-high 23 points and had another [more]

Lady Chants spike Wolves, reach Sun Belt title game

Lady Chants spike Wolves, reach Sun Belt title gameThe Coastal Carolina volleyball team is making its second straight [more]

Chiefs stumble at Stags, suffer first loss of season

Chiefs stumble at Stags, suffer first loss of season North Myrtle Beach's record-setting season came to an end Friday [more]

Chants land in Bahamas with hot hand for hoops

Chants land in Bahamas with hot hand for hoopsFour players reached double digits for Coastal Carolina in the [more]

Gamecocks bounce back, blow out UTEP in Conway

Gamecocks bounce back, blow out UTEP in ConwaySouth Carolina's debut in the Puerto Rico Classic at the [more]

Beach Ball Classic lineup has big names, top teams

Beach Ball Classic lineup has big names, top teamsThe 2017 Beach Ball Classic announced its schedule for the [more]

Coastal shuts out Mercer, advances to face Clemson

Coastal shuts out Mercer, advances to face ClemsonFrantzdy Pierrot teamed up with Martin Melchor to give the [more]

Chants go west in quest for first Sun Belt victory

Chants go west in quest for first Sun Belt victoryThe Coastal Carolina football team (1-9, 0-6 Sun Belt) will [more]

Redbirds top Gamecocks in opener of PR Tip-Off

Redbirds top Gamecocks in opener of PR Tip-OffThe South Carolina men's basketball team has home court of [more]

CCU men, women suffer narrow six-point losses

CCU men, women suffer narrow six-point lossesJaylen Shaw scored 17 points, but it was not enough [more]

CCU nets honors, enters SBC tourney as top seed

CCU nets honors, enters SBC tourney as top seedThe Sun Belt Conference announced its final weekly volleyball awards [more]

Runners pound pavement for Turkey Trot road races

Runners pound pavement for Turkey Trot road racesSixteen-year-old Rory Legg-Bell of Hillsborough, NC, was the first to [more]

Chants slam St. Andrews; Shaw tallies 1,000th point

Chants slam St. Andrews; Shaw tallies 1,000th pointDemario Beck scored 12 points and had 15 rebounds in [more]

2 responses to “Athlete of the Week: Keane learns on the fly for MBHS”

  1. LeAnne says:

    So proud of you Tyler!

    GSSR: 8 TD passes (not 7) in the last 2 games.

  2. admin says:

    Got it…thank you.

© 2017 Grand Strand Sports Report · RSS
Myrtle Beach Web Design
Kayaking in Myrtle Beach