Seahawks take Victory Bell in slugfest with rival Tigers

mbfoot-11The Victory Bell may have a little mud on it on this year, but it’s only fitting given the down and dirty defensive performance that sent the trophy back to Myrtle Beach from rival Conway.

The No. 2-ranked Seahawks (6-0) used a suffocating defense in sloppy conditions at The Backyard on Friday night to recapture the coveted hardware with a 13-8 victory over the Tigers (2-3), whose only points came on a safety off a punt snap out of the end zone until the final minutes of the game. Conway made a strong comeback bid in the second half but costly mistakes allowed Myrtle Beach to hold on for the win.

Coincidentally, it was an errant punt snap by Conway that set up the Seahawks’ first score with a short field. Myrtle Beach’s Keyonte Sessions caught an 11-yard pass and ran it in for a 4-yard touchdown on the ensuing play to put the Seahawks on top early. Sessions scored his second touchdown on a 1-yard dive out of the “Wild Hawk” formation as Myrtle Beach led 13-2 at halftime. Conway’s defense also turned in a strong outing, keeping the Seahawks out of the end zone the rest of the way.

Conway finally got something going on offense in the second half but the Seahawks came up with two fourth-down stops and an interception of quarterback Peyton Derrick to kill drives. The Tigers finally finished a drive with 4 minutes left in the fourth quarter on a 1-yard dive by Daiquawn Clark, but the 2-point conversion failed.

On the ensuing possession, Myrtle Beach made three first downs – two on untimely Conway penalties – that put the Tigers in a deep hole with 46 seconds left. The Seahawks got an interception from Markel Johnson to ice the win and send the Victory Bell back to the beach.

Myrtle Beach enters Region 7-4A play next week with a showdown against rival North Myrtle Beach in a battle of unbeatens. Conway opens Region 6-5A play at West Florence.

Photo by Joel Beachum

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