Seahawks’ passing game, special teams lead victory

mbfoot-14Two of the Myrtle Beach High football team’s biggest midseason disappointments – big plays in the passing game and special teams – turned out to be game-savers for the No. 10 Seahawks in a 42-28 victory over visiting Wilson on Thursday night.

Myrtle Beach quarterback Drayton Arnold threw four touchdown passes – three of them to emerging receiver Elijah Rice – and the Seahawks blocked three punts and returned one deep into Wilson territory to set up the game-winning touchdown.

Tied at 28-all in the fourth quarter, Keyonte Sessions’ 80-yard return in the fourth quarter gave Myrtle Beach the ball at the 8, and running back Brandon Sinclair ran it in on the next play to give the Seahawks a 35-28 lead with 4 minutes remaining.

Myrtle Beach’s Daniel Mitchell made a fourth-down sack to end Wilson’s comeback bid and Arnold hooked up with Rice from 19 yards out for an insurance TD that drove the final nail in the Tigers’ coffin with 1:30 remaining.

Following a sluggish start to the season for the passing attack, it didn’t take the Seahawks long to rise to the challenge. Arnold connected with Cortez Brown for a 12-yard TD to put the Seahawks on the board first, and Rice capped off the first quarter with a 25-yard TD catch for an early 14-0 lead.

But Wilson owned the second quarter to cut the deficit to 14-13 at halftime. Wilson’s Xavier Thomas broke loose for a 67- yard TD run, and Christian Bruce caught a 16-yard TD pass with 27 seconds left in the half. The PAT bounced off the upright.

Sinclair found the end zone from 1-yard out to open the second half, but Wilson quickly responded with a Thomas TD and 2-pointer to tie the game at 21-all. Rice caught a 45-yard TD reception, but Thomas answered with a 9-yard TD to make it 28-all in the waning minutes.

The Seahawks were facing bad field position when Sessions broke free and set the table for Sinclair’s second TD. After the Tigers turned the ball over on downs, the Seahawks appeared to be running out the clock when Arnold surprised the defense with his fourth TD pass of the night and Rice’s hat trick.

The Seahawks travel to Lake City next Friday.

Photo by Prep Stars Media

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