Region 7-3A Wrapup: MB tops Sharks; NMB stumbles

Local football fans were wondering how the Myrtle Beach Seahawks would respond to having their 20-game region winning streak snapped last week. They did so by starting a new streak.

The Seahawks (7-1 overall, 2-1 Region 7-3A) rolled to a 38-9 victory over the host St. James Sharks, bouncing back from last week’s disappointing defeat to rival Socastee.

Myrtle Beach’s high-powered offense took a little time to get off the ground, so the Seahawks turned to special teams to jump start the scoring. Myrtle Beach blocked a punt and Trell Harrell covered it in the end zone for an early lead.

The Sharks answered with a 25-yard field goal by Charles Overson to cut the deficit to 7-3, but Myrtle Beach quarterback Tyler Keane finally found his rhythm in the second period. He connected for a 10-yard touchdown pass to Malik Waring and the rout was on.

Myrtle Beach’s CJ Cooper scored on a 3-yard TD run out of the Wild-Hawk formation, and Keane returned behind center to hit Harrell for his second TD of the night. Max Huggins nailed a 43-yard field goal just before halftime to take a 31-3 lead into the locker room.

The Seahawks called off the dogs in the second half, with a touchdown run by Brandon Sinclair serving as their only score of the half. St. James added a late touchdown run by Austin Adams to account for the final score.

The Seahawks travel to Georgetown next week for a showdown for second place in the region while St. James travels to North Myrtle Beach.

* Wilson 17, North Myrtle Beach 13: North Myrtle Beach let its best chance for a Region 7-3A victory slip through its fingers Friday night in a tough loss at Wilson.

On their final two possessions with a chance to score the go-ahead touchdown, North Myrtle Beach quarterback Will Hardwick was intercepted by a Wilson defender to end one drive and was sacked on the final one to end their comeback hopes.

The Chiefs (4-4 overall, 0-3 region) suffered their third consecutive loss, all against region foes, with only two games remaining to try to qualify for the postseason. The Chiefs play host to St. James next week before closing out the regular season against rival Myrtle Beach.

North Myrtle Beach appeared in position to steal a victory at Wilson, which scored on a touchdown pass in the second quarter to get on the scoreboard first. But the Chiefs answered with back-to-back TD drives – a 34-yarder by Laquinn Bellamy and a 3-yarder by Delonzo Williams – to claim a 13-7 advantage.

But the Tigers (3-4, 1-2) got the break of the ballgame just before halftime when North Myrtle Beach was called for a roughing-the-passer penalty on fourth down that set the table for Wilson. Quarterback T.J. Frederick hit Kendrick Johnson with a TD pass and the Tigers converting the PAT for a 14-13 lead.

Wilson added a field goal in the fourth quarter after North Myrtle Beach’s defense held on a first-and-goal situation. The Chiefs twice drove into Wilson territory on their last two possessions but saw the series end in disappointment. After Hardwick was picked off, North Myrtle Beach held and got the ball back with 1 minute left. The Chiefs crossed midfield but Hardwick was sacked and the clock expired.

Photo by Rancier Photography

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