Seahawks shellack Gilbert despite injury to QB Arnold

mbfoot-14Myrtle Beach brought a championship mentality into Doug Shaw Stadium on Friday night and captured a first-round playoff victory by a convincing 69-28 score over Gilbert.

The top-seeded Seahawks (10-1) exploded for 35 unanswered points in the first quarter before quarterback Drayton Arnold left the game with an injury to his throwing hand. Brandon Sinclair ran for three touchdowns and Arnold connected with Malik Waring for two touchdowns before the injury took Arnold out of the game.

The injury and big lead seemed to create a let-down for the Seahawks, as Gilbert ran off three unanswered TDs in the second quarter. In fact, Gilbert was driving to cut the deficit to one score when Tysheke Vaughn made a huge pick-six and Myrtle Beach took a 48-28 lead into halftime.

Myrtle Beach quarterback Jake Deskins continued the Seahawks’ passing games as he threw three answered touchdowns, two of them to Kyle Belack. Vaughn scored the final touchdown of the night, this time as a running back in relief of Sinclair, to put the finishing touches on the win with a 32-yard TD run.

The Seahawks hope to learn more about the severity of Arnold’s injury as they continue their journey to defend their Class 3A state championship. Myrtle Beach will play host to Hanahan next week.

Photo by Rancier Photography

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