Seahawks’ D bounces back by pouncing on Panthers

Will the real Myrtle Beach High defense please stand up? The Seahawks (2-3) certainly did in Friday night’s 35-14 victory over host Carolina Forest, snapping a string of defensive disappointments with a stand-up performance against the Panthers (2-2).

After allowing more than 50 points in three of their first four outings, the Seahawks bowed up against Carolina Forest’s previously sturdy offensive and defensive lines. Myrtle Beach’s Jermani Green rushed for three touchdowns, including a 10-yarder on the Seahawks’ opening drive of the night.

Carolina Forest answered with a TD drive of their own that was capped by quarterback Matt Beale’s 20-yard TD run on a fourth down, tying the game at 7-all. But the Seahawks seized control in the second quarter on Green’s 8-yard TD, followed by a 42-yard TD strike from Lawson Cribb to Marcus Grissett that was set up by the defense’s forced turnover. Myrtle Beach took a 21-7 lead into the locker room at halftime.

The Panthers appeared ready to make it a contest on the opening drive of the second half as Beale hit Quasim Porter for a 23-yard TD connection that cut the deficit in half at 21-14. But the Seahawks responded with Green’s third rushing TD. The Panthers turned the ball over two more times in the fourth quarter, the final one an interception by Jayce Allen that set the table for Xayvion Knox’s 1-yard TD dive that slammed the door on the Panthers’ hopes.

Myrtle Beach returns to action Thursday against visiting Conway in the Battle for the Victory Bell. The Panthers make their first official road trip of the season to Loris on Friday.

Photo by Prep Stars Media

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