Myrtle Beach defense turns up heat to defeat Manning

Myrtle Beach is known for its high-flying spread offense, but the Seahawks are suddenly winning with a dominating defense.

Coming off back-to-back shutout performances, the Myrtle Beach defense came up big again in Friday night’s first-round playoff victory over visiting Manning.

The Seahawks (10-1) forced four turnovers, held the Monarchs (7-4) on three fourth-down tries and scored a safety to spark Myrtle Beach to a 43-14 win and advance to the second round of the Class 3A playoffs. Myrtle Beach will travel to Hanahan next Friday.

CJ Cooper scored on a pair of short touchdown runs, one set up by a fourth-down stop and the other by a fumble recovery deep in Manning territory.

Max Huggins added a pair of field goals, the latter set up by a fumble recovery, and Sean Michael Orcutt picked off a Manning pass and Tyler Keane hit Trell Harrell for a 36-yard TD pass on the next play.

Huggins’ second FG put the Seahawks on top 27-7 with 8 minutes remaining, but Manning made it interesting on a 95-yard kickoff return by Rochar Witherspoon that cut the deficit to a two-score ballgame.

But Myrtle Beach recovered the onside kick and Harrell broke free for a 45-yard touchdown run that clinched the victory for the Seahawks. Markyl Grissett made a tackle in the end zone for a safety and Dajour Wilson scored his first TD of the season on a 6-yard run to close the scoring.

Photo by Rancier Photography

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