Late TD spoils comeback bid by winless Seahawks

Myrtle Beach High’s afternoon football game against Charlotte (NC) Christian held some soap-opera level drama at Ashley Booth Field. Unfortunately for the Seahawks, the cliffhanger finish did not have a happy ending.

Trailing 51-47 and facing fourth-and-10 with 21 seconds remaining, Charlotte Christian quarterback Garrett Schrader’s overthrew receiver Ricky Kofoed, who made a diving, one-handed catch for the game-winning touchdown as the Knights (1-1) escaped with a 54-51 victory.

The Seahawks (0-2) made an impressive comeback to make it close behind sophomore quarterback Luke Doty, who started in place of injured senior Lawson Cribb. Doty’s long touchdown run midway through the third quarter gave the Seahawks a 28-24 lead and the apparent momentum against the visiting Knights.

But Charlotte Christian scored three unanswered touchdown to close out the third period with a 40-24 lead. Myrtle Beach got a short TD run by Jermani Green and a 2-point conversion to cut the deficit in half and the defense forced a punt. But Doty threw that a pick-six put the Knights on top 47-32 with 7:49 remaining.

But Myrtle Beach wasn’t done yet as Doty hit Deron Finkley for a touchdown that cut the deficit to 47-39. The Seahawks got a blocked punt to set up another score, and Xzavion Knox followed with a pick-six to put Myrtle Beach on top 51-47 with 4 minutes remaining.

Charlotte Christian answered with a time-consuming drive that reached the Myrtle Beach 13 before bogging down a bit for a game-deciding fourth down. Shrader’s pass looked too high and for a split second it appeared the Seahawks had dodged a bullet. But Kofoed’s leaping grab kept Myrtle Beach winless on the season.

Making his first career start, the highly recruited Doty came out in control by leading the Seahawks on a 73-yard opening drive that was capped on a 14-yard TD run by Green. He finished with more than 350 yards of total offense and accounted for three TDs, but he also threw two interceptions.

The Seahawks get another shot Thursday against West Florence as Myrtle Beach plays its first game in the renovated Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium.

Photo by Prep Stars Media

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