Seahawks open spring drills with high hopes for repeat

mbfootball-statetitleThe defending Class 3A state champion Myrtle Beach High football team opened spring practice Monday in what the Seahawks hope is the beginning of another run to the state title.

There’s good reason for optimism on campus. After all, the Seahawks return almost all of their top players, including starting quarterback Drayton Arnold and Brandon Sinclair, who were only sophomores in leading Myrtle Beach to the state title last year.

The Seahawks have also benefited from a couple of transfers from intra-cou8nty rivals. Wide receiver Kyle Belack from Carolina Forest and two-way player Cortez Brown from Conway look to fill in the few gaps left in Myrtle Beach’s lineup. The spring game is set for March 30.

Myrtle Beach’s amazing run to the state title began in unlikely fashion, particularly after their 1-3 start and woeful defense. But they adjusted and grew as the regular season went along and caught fire in the playoffs, knocking off three No. 1 seeds en route to the state title.

The Seahawks officially put a punctuation mark on the 2013 state championship with a visit to the South Carolina Statehouse in March and a championship ring presentation on Friday. On Monday, it was time to put the past behind them and begin a  quest for a fourth state title in seven years.

Other Grand Strand schools, such as North Myrtle Beach and Conway, also have started spring drills. The Chiefs, who also had a surprising season last year by winning a school-record tying nine games, will have its spring game on May 23, while Tigers, who are coming off a disappointing 2-9 campaign, will hold its spring game May 29. Carolina Forest and St. James are adjusting to new coaches next fall and have not made plans for a spring game.

Photo courtesy of MBHS Athletics

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