Seahawks open repeat bid with big win over Panthers

The good news for Carolina Forest is that Myrtle Beach didn’t score half as much in Thursday night’s meeting as it did in last year’s 63-6 blowout victory.

The bad news is that neither did the Panthers, which suffered a 31-0 defeat at the hands of the reigning Class AAA state champion Seahawks on Thursday at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium.

The improved Panthers (1-1) found out that they still have a long way to compete with Myrtle Beach, which opened its title defense campaign by posting a shutout against its county rival.

The physical Seahawks defense forced five turnovers, including an interception return for a touchdown, knocked quarterback Danny Daly out of the game and shut down star running back Harold Atkinson.

The offense, which was expected to struggle without All-American QB Everett Golson for the first time in four years, scored a pair of touchdowns in the opening 8 minutes and did more than enough to win the game.

Junior quarterback Tyler Keane, who shared time with C.J. Cooper, threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Tramond Wilson to put the Seahawks on the scoreboard and Jaquan Wilson found paydirt from the “Wild Hawk” formation on the next series for a 14-0 lead at halftime.

The Seahawks defense kept the heat on the Panthers, limiting Atkinson to 17 yards rushing and knocking Daly out of the game for good in the third period. The four fumbles, two of which were forced by Tyler Knox, set up another TD and a field goal drive in the second half and pick-six by the defense capped the win.

The Seahawks face a much tougher test next week when they travel to defending Class AAAA state champion Byrnes, which is ranked No. 12 in the nation according to USA Today.

The Panthers will try to get back to their winning ways when St. James visits Friday night.

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