Seahawks flex muscle in opening win over Dreher

mbfoot-22dreherMyrtle Beach began its quest for a Class 3A state championship on Friday night with a 41-26 victory over visiting Dreher thanks to a healthy feast by its bread and butter – running back Brandon Sinclair and quarterback Drayton Arnold.

Sinclair rushed for over 100 yards and two touchdowns and Arnold threw four touchdown passes – two to Cortez Brown – as the Seahawks (8-3) shook off a slow start to defeat fourth-seeded Dreher (5-6). Myrtle Beach plays host to Hilton Head Island in the second round next Friday.

Following a scoreless first half, Dreher got on the board first on a 5-yard run by Jay Washington. Trailing 7-0 seemed to light a fuse under the Seahawks, who answered 1 minute later on a 10-yard TD run by Sinclair. The game remained tied until the final seconds of the first half. Arnold hit Keyonte Sessions on a hook and lateral as Elijah Rice took the pitch to paydirt with no time on the clock for a 14-7 halftime lead.

The Seahawks seemed to take control with an impressive drive to open the second half, capped by Arnold’s 13-yard TD toss to Will Vereen. But Dreher’s Anthony Salters took the ensuing kickoff to the house, and he intercepted Arnold to set up a TD by quarterback Avery Armstrong. The PAT failed and Myrtle Beach held on to a 21-20 edge.

The Seahawks used another quick strike to answer the score. Sinclair scored on a 7-yard TD run, and Arnold hooked up with Brown for back-to-back TD passes and a 41-20 lead. Dreher tacked on a late score but had no answers for the Seahawks’ 1-2 punch.

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