Victory Bell rift under review over Moody’s bell-ringer

It seems the Battle for Victory Bell did not end when Myrtle Beach High handed over the hardware to the Conway Tigers last Friday night at The Backyard.

According to a report in The Sun News, video tape of an incident that occurred midway through the third quarter of Friday’s game is being sent to the SCHSL office for review. The report said a replay shows Conway quarterback Mykal Moody being kneed in the head by an unidentified Seahawk, ending Moody’s night with a mild concussion.

I was on the opposite sideline when the play happened and only saw the resulting scrum, but Conway coach Chuck Jordan was adamant with officials afterwards, appearing to call for a player’s ejection. There was a penalty flag thrown for unsportsmanlike conduct, but 15 yards was no consolation for Moody’s absence.

Moody had a hand in all three touchdowns for the Tigers, who were leading 21-6 at the time.
Touchdown runs of 92 and 65 yards plus a short TD pass to Cole Watson had put Conway in charge of the game, but the loss of Moody forced the Tigers to go into survival mode.

Backup Sawyer Jordan was steady and the Conway defense bowed up to hold on for a 21-12 victory that snapped Myrtle Beach’s four-year winning streak in the rivalry. The Seahawks had nearly double the total yards as the Tigers, but Conway made the plays to win the game.

Case closed, but another case opened. Myrtle Beach coach Mickey Wilson and Conway counterpart Jordan are tight, but they have agreed to disagree on this one. Jordan seems convinced the act was intentional while Wilson told The Sun News the incident was the result of Moody being caught in the crossfire of two players pushing one another.

Moody appeared elated but dazed after the game. Fortunately for the Tigers, they have a bye week to get their star QB back in the starting lineup before opening region play. But the Seahawks could lose a top defensive player for an undetermined number of games if the SCHSL decides the hit warrants a suspension.

To do so the replay would have to show intent to do harm. In today’s litigious society, it’s difficult for an impartial panel to determine someone’s intent in the heat of the battle. Just ask Rodney King; it takes a lot more than video to prove anything beyond a reasonable doubt.

The worst part, aside from Moody’s injury, is that this game might be remembered less for the hard-fought contest that it was and more for a cheap shot that was or wasn’t.

Whatever the case, Conway earned the victory on the field. Too bad it didn’t end there.

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