Seahawks steamroll Stags in first-round playoff shutout

mbfoot-22andarnoldThe young Myrtle Beach High football team finally may be coming of age at just the right time.

One week after scoring 23 unanswered points in the second half to rally past rival North Myrtle Beach and earn the No. 2 seed, the Seahawks (7-4) continued that momentum for 35 unanswered first-half points in Friday night’s 35-0 victory over visiting Berkeley in the opening round of the Class 3A playoffs.

Unlike last week’s 30-28 win, the Seahawks had both of their chief offensive weapons on the field Friday. Brandon Sinclair, who missed the NMB game with a sore back and ribs, looked healthy and hungry in rushing for 128 yards and a pair of first-half touchdowns.

Quarterback Drayton Arnold, who led last week’s win without his fellow sophomore and backfield-mate, stayed hot by throwing for 190 yards and two first-half TDs – a 51-yarder to Graham Vaughn and a 19-yarder to Jaden Grayer.

Hunter Starbeck returned a blocked punt by Dajour Wilson for a TD as the Seahawks cruised to a 35-0 halftime lead. The Seahawks called off the dogs in the second half as both standouts watched from the sidelines.

Perhaps as impressive as the offensive and special teams play was the Myrtle Beach defense, which shut down the Stags (5-6). The maligned Myrtle Beach defense that allowed 64 points in a season-opening loss to Richmond County (NC) posted an impressive shutout.

Myrtle Beach will travel to Crestwood next week.

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