Charlotte Christian shuts down Seahawks offense

mbfoot-9The No. 1-ranked Myrtle Beach High football team opened the 2015 season Saturday in the nightcap of the Carolinas Kickoff Clash. The usually high-scoring Seahawks will have to wait until September to score their first touchdown.

North Carolina power Charlotte Christian shut down the Seahawks in a surprising 24-3 win on Myrtle Beach’s home field of Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium. The Seahawks committed four turnovers, and it was the first time they were held without a touchdown since a 7-6 loss to Conway in 2006. Myrtle Beach managed only 221 total yards and a field goal by Matthew Card in this one.

Myrtle Beach senior quarterback Drayton Arnold threw three interceptions and backfield mate and fellow Old Dominion commitment Brandon Sinclair was held to 75 rushing yards. The defense kept Myrtle Beach in it as the Seahawks allowed only a 44-yard TD burst by Justice Woods in the second quarter and trailed only 7-3 early in the fourth quarter.

But a flurry of late turnovers proved lethal to the Seahawks’ chances, which seemed bright after Knights kicker Christian Van Sickle misfired on a 42-yard field goal. But Sinclair fumbled and Van Sickle made good on his second chance for a 10-3 lead. Arnold threw a pick-six to Jeremiah White on the ensuing possession to make it 17-3, and his third interception set up Connor Maitland’s 10-yard TD run to close it out.

South Carolina claimed the Carolina Kickoff Clash overall title by a 3-2 margin. South Florence put on an offensive fireworks show in a 64-44 wild win over Southeast Raleigh, and Marlboro County topped North Brunswick 27-19 earlier Saturday. Conway defeated South Brunswick 55-0 on Thursday and Socastee suffered a 48-14 defeat to New Hanover on Friday. The Seahawks host West Florence on Friday.

Photo courtesy of MBHS Athletics

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