Defensive reappearing act helps MB survive WF scare

After allowing more than 50 points per game in its two season-openers, the Myrtle Beach defense delivered a 21-19 victory over visiting West Florence on Friday in a game that was continued from Thursday’s rain postponement.

Tied at 7-all late in the first quarter when play resumed, the Seahawks (1-2) appeared ready to turn the sequel into a rout. Quarterback Luke Doty hit Da’Ron Finkley for a 26-yard touchdown pass, and a bad punt snap by the Knights (0-3) set the Seahawks up for a 1-yard TD run by Jermani Green for a quick 21-7 lead.

But that was about it for the Myrtle Beach offense. Returning to the red zone and poised to put the game away early, the Seahawks committed their third turnover on a Green fumble that killed the drive and the momentum. It was up to the Seahawks defense to fend off a resilient West Florence team that spent the rest of the game chipping away at the lead.

Myrtle Beach twice held the Knights to field goals by Michael Hayes that cut the deficit to 21-13 through three quarters. The Seahawks also forced a four-and-out, recovered a fumble and survived a missed field goal to kill West Florence drives until 3:30 remaining, when Teyonne Murphy turned a short pass from backup quarterback Hale Emerson into a 36-yard TD on fourth down. But the Seahawks stopped the 2-point try to on a big sack by Salim Sessions keep the lead.

Struggling to move the ball for the entire second half, Myrtle Beach mounted a win-preservng drive led by Doty. He hit Dylan Lane for a first down and rushed for another to run down the clock and put the finishing touches on the hard-fought victory.

Myrtle Beach snaps a four-game losing streak dating back to last season, with the Seahawks allowing an average of more than 50 points per game during that span. They travel to undefeated rival Socastee next Friday.

Photo by Prep Stars Media

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