Raiders rout Seahawks in Surf & Turf Kickoff Classic

What started as a night of promise for a young Myrtle Beach High football team quickly turned into a defensive disaster for the Seahawks in their season opener Friday night against Richmond County (NC).

Hosting the first game of the Derrick Law Firm Surf & Turf Kickoff Classic at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium, the Seahawks saw the Raiders chew up the yardage at will on their home turf in a 64-30 blowout.

Myrtle Beach took the opening kickoff and drove downfield on the ground behind running back Brandon Sinclair, whose 3-yard touchdown run gave the Seahawks a quick 7-0 lead. But the Raiders responded with three unanswered TD drives and eight straight to rout Myrtle Beach.

The Raiders rolled up nearly 400 yards in the first half en route to a 35-17 halftime lead. Diquon Cox scored four touchdowns and Miles Grant added two more as the Raiders continued the domination in the second half. Richmond County onside kicked and scored three TDs in the third for a 57-17 lead.

The Raiders finally called off the dogs and the Seahawks, who lost 17 of 24 starters off last year’s 10-2 squad, saw their younger players get some experience late. After starting quarterback Drayton Arnold was intercepted three times, backup Jake Deskins came on to throw two TD passes.

But Richmond County scored again late to break the old record for defensive futility for the Seahawks. Myrtle Beach gave up 63 points to the Marcus Lattimore-led Byrnes squad in 2009.

Photo by Rancier Photography

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