Seahawks tally 23 straight points to rally past Chiefs

The North Myrtle Beach High football program was poised to end six years of frustration against rival Myrtle Beach. The Seahawks weren’t so eager to see the streak come to a close.

Trailing by two touchdowns in the second half, Myrtle Beach rallied to score 23 unanswered points to claim a 30-28 victory, their seventh straight from the Chiefs, second place in the region and a home game in the first round of the playoffs.

Playing without sophomore sensation running back Brandon Sinclair, who was a late scratch due to a sore back, the Seahawks (6-4 overall, 4-1 Region 7-3A) had to lean on classmate quarterback Drayton Arnold’s arm to move the ball against the vaunted defense of the Chiefs (8-2, 3-2).

Arnold threw three TDs passes, including a pair to Malik Waring in the second half that got Myrtle Beach back into the game. Their 13-yard TD connection with 8 minutes remaining cut the deficit to 21-20, but the Chiefs blocked the potential game-tying PAT to maintain the lead.

It was short lived, however, as the Seahawks blocked a NMB punt to give placekicker Sean Huggins another crack at it. He booted the go-ahead 33-yard field goal with 6 minutes left, and the defense got the ball back with another big stop. Dajour Wilson ran for a 6-yard TD to put MB up 30-21.

The Chiefs managed to score a late TD on quarterback Kendrick Furness’ third TD pass of the game, this one to player of the game Jordan Perry, who made three interceptions, recovered a fumble and caught a TD pass that cut it to 30-28 in the waning seconds, but it was too little too late for NMB.

The Chiefs struck first on a 25-yard touchdown strike from Furness to Tyrique Robinson, then Perry picked off the first of three passes on the ensuing play. His near-pick-6 set the table for a 1-yard TD run by Delonzo Williams for a 14-0 advantage at the end of the first quarter.

Arnold finally found his groove with a 25-yard TD pass to tight end Graham Vaughn that cut the deficit in half at halftime, 14-7. But Perry recovered the fumble on the second-half kickoff and set the table for Furness TD pass to Cameron Gore that pushed the lead back to two TDs.

Arnold threw for 262 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions, and Wilson filled in for Sinclair with 132 yards and a TD.

The Seahawks will host a team to be determined in next week’s playoff opener. The Chiefs will settle for the No. 3 seed and travel to an opponent to be decided.

Photo by Chuck Silvey

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