Seahawks hold off Tigers late to retain Victory Bell

confoot-30runmbWith the Battle of the Victory Bell hanging in the balance, Myrtle Beach turned to its defense to preserve a 49-42 victory over visiting Conway on Friday night.

The Tigers (1-5) scored two unanswered touchdowns in the fourth to make it a close game and they were going for a third when time finally expired. Conway ran two plays after the clock expired – one due to a running clock issue and the other on a defensive penalty. The final Hail Mary attempt to Bryan Edwards was broken up in the end zone as the Seahawks (5-0) celebrated their third straight win in the rivalry.

Myrtle Beach’s offense did most of the damage as quarterback Drayton Arnold threw six touchdown passes – three to Malik Waring, two to Kyle Belack and one to Kelton Greene. Greene’s TD grab early in the fourth period appeared to put the game away at 49-29.

But Conway sophomore quarterback Peyton Derrick threw a touchdown pass to Deandre Hickman, then scored on a 1-yard dive with just over 3 minutes remaining. Conway opted against the onside kick and got the ball back on an interception in the end zone by Nigel Palmer with 1:32 left. The Tigers drove all the way to the red zone before running out of time.

Photo by Chuck Silvey

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