Seahawks avoid late scare from upset-minded Sharks

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The No. 1-ranked Myrtle Beach Seahawks got a little more than they bargained for in Friday night’s 38-31 victory over host St. James.

The Seahawks (8-0 overall, 3-0 Region 7-3A) built a 31-3 lead on the Sharks (2-6, 0-3) in the third quarter, but St. James battled back to cut the deficit to one score in the final minute. Myrtle Beach recovered an onside kick and ran out the clock to end the threat.

Myrtle Beach got on the board first as Keyonte Sessions made an interception and placekicker Sean Huggins cashed in with a 21-yard field goal. St. James counterpart Charles Ouverson answered with a field goal of his own for a 3-all tie, but the rest of the first half was all Seahawks.

Myrtle Beach running back Brandon Sinclair rushed for four touchdowns for the Seahawks, including three short runs in the first half for a 24-3 halftime lead. Quarterback Drayton Arnold connected with CJ Finkley to make it 31-3.

After St. James counterpart Alan Crum’s 6-yard TD run cut it to 31-10, Sinclair broke free for a 21-yard TD that appeared to seal the win. But Crum scored from 1 yard out to make it 38-17 at the end of the third quarter, and Zach Werba hit Steven Deible from 20 yards out to make it a two-possession game. Crum scored on a 3-yard run with 1:12 left, but the Sharks couldn’t convert the onside kick.

Myrtle Beach continues its quest for an undefeated season against Georgetown next week, while St. James travels to North Myrtle Beach.

Photo by Rancier Photography

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