Seahawks let season slip through fingers at Hanahan

The Myrtle Beach Seahawks saw their postseason hopes literally slip through their hands in Friday night’s 34-26 loss at Hanahan in the second round of the Class 3A state football playoffs.

Myrtle Beach committed four turnovers, including two interceptions by quarterback Tyler Keane and two fumbles by receiver Renard Pointer, to end the Seahawks’ (10-2) quest for a third state championship in a five-year span.

Myrtle Beach started the game in impressive fashion, with Keane leading the Seahawks on an 80-yard touchdown drive on their opening possession, capped by a 24-yard pass to CJ Cooper.

But the Hawks (11-1) quickly took control, using a pair of turovers to set up scores. Mario Gates broke a 50-yard touchdown run on a reverse to tie it up and Pointer fumbled to set up a 10-yard TD run by Anthony Smalls for a 14-7 halftime lead.

Hanahan took its first possession of the second half all the way down field for a TD, but Myrtle Beach was poised to answer with a TD drive of its own. But a batted ball at the 1-yard wound up in Hanahan’s possession to kill the drive.

After being forced to punt, the Hawks picked off another Keane pass on the ensuing series and Smalls took the ball 18 yards to paydirt to make it a 28-7 advantage. The Seahawks appeared to be done, but they did not go down easily.

Keane threw a touchdown pass to Trell Harrell to cut the deficit to 27-14, but Hanahan struck again on a screen pass to Terrell Green that went 77 yards for a touchdown. Myrtle Beach refused to go away as Keane hit Hunter Starbeck for an 18-yard touchdown on the final play of the third period to make it a 34-20 score.

The Myrtle Beach defense forced Hanahan to fumble and CJ Robinson recovered the ball near midfield to set up the Seahawks with good field position. Keane found Cooper again for a touchdown to cut it to 34-26, but Max Huggins’ had his second straight PAT blocked by the Hawks to prevent Myrtle Beach to closing within seven.

Still, Myrtle Beach got another shot to tie it after forcing the Hawks to punt. Pointer tackled the punter after a bad snap and the Seahawks were again in good field position. But a fourth-and-1 deep in Hanahan territory was stopped when Cooper came in to run the wildcat offense and was tackled short of the stick.

The Hawks were able to run out the clock to advance to the third round of the playoff while the Seahawks see their season end in disappointment.

Photo by Rancier Photography

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