Countdown to Kickoff 2012: Seahawks lay it on the line

With a 38-5 record in three season at Myrtle Beach High, Seahawks skipper Mickey Wilson easily leads the area among head coaches in winning percentage. He also might hold the record for sand-bagging.

Addressing the media at the CNB Kickoff Classic, Wilson bad-mouthed his offense’s ability to move the ball, saying its best play might be the punt. He bemoaned the loss of quality and quantity on the offensive and defensive lines and expressed concern about how his team was going to be able to move the ball this season.

That from an offensive mastermind who has had the Seahawks setting scoring records since his time as the offensive coordinator at Myrtle Beach. He brings back a senior quarterback who threw for more than 1,588 yards and 25 touchdowns last season while taking only half the snaps from scrimmage.

So forgive opposing coaches for not falling for the downplay of the six-time reigning region champions. The Seahawks may not be the two-time time state champs over the past four years, but they aren’t exactly going to suddenly become the doormats of Region VIII-AAA either. Somewhere in between, perhaps, but a lot closer to the former.

“We lost four starters on the offensive line and in our (spread attack) if you can’t block, you’re going to be in trouble,” Wilson said. “We have some guys up front working hard to get better but we’re not there yet.”

But if and when they do, the Seahawks have enough weapons to light up the scoreboard. Senior QB Tyler Keane will hold down the starting job by himself while former co-QB CJ Coopr moves to wide receiver to give Myrtle Beach more depth and another deep threat to go with fellow wideouts Marquis Green and Trell Harrell. Running backs Chocolate and Dajour Wilson will also play roles in the passing attack.

As concerned as Wilson is about the offensive line, the defensive front also took some hits in the losses of Tyler Knox, Kerry Chestnut and Trey Vivian. But the Seahawks hope to make up for the loss of size with speed, with linebackers Sean Michael Orcutt and OT Thomas manning the linebacker positions and Chocolate Wilson and Jack Montgomery.

Max Huggins is back to man the kicking responsibilities, which should help Myrtle Beach win some close games. The Seahawks also have a strong feeder program from the JV squad, so there could be newcomers emerge to become key contributors by the end of the season, and that’s when it really counts. Wilson just wants his team to be ready for November.

Photo by Chuck Silvey

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