Illing’s 5 TDs help Socastee flip the script on Seahawks

It’s safe to say the Socastee Braves had this rivalry game circled on their calendars for a year following last season’s embarrassing 70-0 defeat to Myrtle Beach. On Friday night, it was finally their turn for some payback.

The Braves (3-0) got four passing touchdowns and a rushing TD from quarterback Hunter Illing to torch the Seahawks (1-3) and celebrate a long-awaited win over their top non-region rival by a final score of 51-34. The Myrtle Beach defense allowed more than 50 points for the third time this season, and the offense didn’t help matters with three turnovers that directly led to Socastee scores.

Socastee’s Kenny Solomon took an interception 75 yards for the pick-six that put the Braves on top early, but Myrtle Beach’s offense responded with Jermani Green rushing for three TD runs to cut the deficit to 24-21 midway through the second quarter. But Illing hit Devin Stamp, and Solomon’s second pick of the night set up Illing’s second of the night to Edward Tucker for a 38-21 halftime lead. Illing’s late TD run put the game out of reach.

Myrtle Beach switched quarterbacks from Luke Doty to Lawson Cribb, who was injured in the opener. Cribb threw a late TD to Doty to close the gap but it wasn’t enough to overcome a strong effort by Socastee. The Braves travel to also unbeaten North Myrtle Beach next week.

Photo by Joel Beachum

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