Seahawks’ attack grounded, pounded by South Florence

The city of Florence has always been kind to the Myrtle Beach High football team, which entered Friday night’s contest against South Florence with a 21-1 lifetime record against teams from Flo Town.

But the Bruins got a little pay back from the Seahawks at Florence Memorial Stadium, routing the Seahawks 48-21 to drop the Class 3A state power to 1-2 on the season.

South Florence rolled up 441 yards of total offense against the Seahawks defense and shut down Myrtle Beach’s new-found ground game. Sophomore running back Brandon Sinclair was held to 38 yards before leaving the game with an injury. Starting quarterback Drayton Arnold threw three touchdown passes but also exited with an injury.

Just as in the season opener against Richmond (NC), in which the Seahawks surrendered more than 600 total yards, Myrtle Beach struck first on the scoreboard before everything seemed to go wrong. Dajour Wilson intercepted a pass and Kelton Greene caught a 26-yard TD pass from Arnold on the next play for a quick 7-0 lead.

But the rest was all South Florence, which scored on a safety when the Seahawks were called for holding in the end zone on a punt. It opened the floodgates for the Bruins as Josh Johnson caught a TD pass from Nick Jones, Rodney Brunson rushed for the first of three TDs and Eric Moore added a pick-six for a 24-7 halftime lead.

Brunson scored again, South Florence tallied a field goal and Justin Redd returned a punt to paydirt to make it 41-7 in the third period. Backup quarterback Jake Deskins came on to lead a late touchdown drive with a 19-yard TD pass to C.J. Finkley, his second TD reception of the night, but the Seahawks were no match for the undefeated Bruins (4-0).

Myrtle Beach returns home to face a winless Carolina Forest team on Friday night.

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