Simmons outduels Sinclair as Panthers top Seahawks

cf-28mbCarolina Forest gave Myrtle Beach a heavy dose of its own medicine Friday night, riding the legs of running back Dyverse Simmons to a 24-20 victory over the No. 4-ranked Seahawks at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium.

After Myrtle Beach’s Brandon Sinclair put on an amazing 289-yard performance in last week’s win at Socastee, the Panthers (3-2) showed the Seahawks (2-2) that they have a pretty solid ground game too, led by Simmons with 210 yards and two touchdowns. He won the head-to-head matchup with Sinclair, who also had two TDs but was held to 91 yards by the Carolina Forest defense.

The game looked like it might be another dominating performance by Sinclair, who scored on touchdown runs of 4 and 9 yards in the first quarter to give the Seahawks a quick 13-0 lead. But the Panthers struck for three unanswered TDs – one on a 50-yard strike from Matt Beale to Damon McDowell and two on TD runs by Simmons of 38 and 2 yards.

Myrtle Beach QB Drayton Arnold scrambled and hit Cortez Brown for a 46-yard TD just before halftime to cut the deficit to 21-20 at the intermission.

The offensive fireworks of the first half became a defensive struggle in the second as both teams exchanged punts and field position. The Panthers made the biggest threat with a first-and-goal at the MB 2 but a bad shotgun snap forced Carolina Forest to settle for a 38-yard field goal by Freddie Kane.

The Seahawks recovered a late fumble on the CF 25 with 5 minutes remaining to set up their best scoring chance, but quarterback Drayton Arnold threw his second interception of the game to Richmond Collier, and the Panthers ran out the clock to preserve their third win in a row over Myrtle Beach (last year by forfeit).

The Seahawks travel to Conway next week while the Panthers are on the road at Lexington.

Photo by Prep Stars Media

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