Pigskin Kickoff: Seahawks seeking another state title

mbfot-9and22It wasn’t long after the Seahawks’ 2013 Class 3A state championship that fans started talking about three-peat. And it didn’t take very long for them to find out just how fragile a state title run can be.

As fragile as the hand of quarterback Drayton Arnold, who is back as the starter for a third season after breaking his throwing thumb last year. The Seahawks still made it to the Lower State semis thanks to running back Brandon Sinclair, another three-year starter.

Arnold and Sinclair, who combined for more than 4,000 yards of offense last season, have committed to play their college ball together at Old Dominion. But first they have some unfinished business to attend to, like adding one more state title ring to their fingers.

The duo are supported by an experienced offensive line, but the Seahawks have no returning wide receivers in their pass-heavy attack. Keyonte Sessions, Cortez Brown and Will Vereen will step into those roles this year in hopes of keeping the passing game going.

The defense will also see plenty of fresh faces, including defensive ends Marquel Goings  and Sean McGonigal. Chase Brill and Quan Ludley provide some experience at linebacker but the secondary needs some young players to grow into their roles in a hurry.

The Seahawks open the season at home Saturday against Charlotte Christian in the Derrick Law Firm Kickoff Classic, and they once again play all Class 4A teams before the start of the Region 7-3A schedule. Myrtle Beach only has to leave Horry County once – Oct. 9 at Lake City.

The Seahawks start the season ranked No. 1 in the preseason coaches poll. If they can stay healthy and fill in a few gaps, they should contend for another state title.

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