Seahawks soar past Sharks as Arnold throws four TDs

The Myrtle Beach High football team finally got the balance it is looking for in its spread offense as quarterback Drayton Arnold threw a career-high four touchdown passes in a 36-14 win over visiting St. James on Friday night.

Despite playing in rainy conditions, Arnold threw all four TD passes in the first half, removing the offensive burden from sophomore running back Brandon Wallace. Wallace still managed 102 yards and a TD, but the rest looked like the passing game of past pass-happy Myrtle Beach squads.

The Seahawks (4-4 overall, 2-1 Region 7-3A) scored on their first play from scrimmage but it was set up by a strong defensive series. After holding the Sharks (2-6, 0-3) to a three-and-out, Myrtle Beach tackled the punter on the 1 following a botched snap and Sinclair ran it in on the ensuing play.

While the Seahawks’ D was holding St. James to minus-5 yards of total offense in the first half, Arnold was taking target practice with his maturing receiving corps. He hit Kelton Greene for back-to-back TD passes, then found Tysheke Vaughn for two more TDs and a 34-0 halftime lead.

The Myrtle Beach defense got in the act with a safety, but the Seahawks seemed to take their feet off the gas pedal the rest of the half. St. James scored a pair of TDs by quarterback Josh Roper, including a blocked punt return that threatened to make the game interesting, but it was all they could muster.

Myrtle Beach plays host to Georgetown next week while St. James welcomes North Myrtle Beach.

Photo by Rancier Photography

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