Cooper super again in MB’s victory over West Florence

For the second time in a five-day span, the Myrtle Beach High football team found itself trailing in the second half.

And for the second time over the same time frame, CJ Cooper made a big play to come to the Seahawks’ rescue.

Cooper scored the game-winning touchdown on a 3-yard run out of the Wild Hawk formation to give Myrtle Beach a 21-14 victory over host West Florence on Thursday night.

Last Saturday in the Derrick Law Firm Kickoff Classic, the former QB converted to a wide receiver, defensive back and special teams standout blocked a punt that was recovered by teammate OT Thomas for the game-winner over Irmo, 33-27.

Playing on short rest, the Seahawks got into a see-saw affair with the Knights in the first half, which saw four lead changes and ended with West Florence holding a 14-13 edge.

Myrtle Beach Trell Harrell returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown but the PAT was no good, allowing West Florence to take a 7-6 lead on a 38-yard TD pass from Marquane Goodman.

The Seahawks responded with a 36-yard TD pass from Tyler Keane to Sean Michael Orcutt to retake the lead, but West Florence added the go-ahead score in the final minute of the first half for a 14-13 advantage.

Myrtle Beach’s defense stopped up to stem the back-and-forth offensive flow in the second half, holding the Knights to three-and-out on their first five possessions. Myrtle Beach held the Knights to only 10 rushing yards in the second half.

That set the stage for Cooper and the Wild Hawk formation, in which he return to his former QB spot to keep the defense on its toes. After a big run to set up first-and-goal, Cooper dived in from 3 yards out for the game-winner.

Keane hit Harrell for the all-important 2-point conversion to make it a seven-point game, and Myrtle Beach’s defense made sure it was enough. Kelton Green intercepted Goodman in the fourth quarter to kill another drive, and Orcutt batted down a ball on the Knights’ final pass attempt of the night.

Keane left the game late with an injury and Cooper took control of the offense to run out the clock. The Seahawks will have seven days to get ready for their next opponent, South Florence, at home on Friday.

Photo by Rancier Photography

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