Brunson passes Panthers to comeback win over MB

Carolina Forest quarterback Will Brunson threw for five touchdown passes, including a 17-yard strike to Kyle Belack with 27 seconds remaining to lead the Panthers to a 41-35 comeback win over Myrtle Beach.

The Panthers scored three unanswered touchdowns to close the game and rally for their first win over the Seahawks since 2004. Myrtle Beach had outscored Carolina Forest 295-30 over the past six seasons.

Myrtle Beach appeared to be on their way to another victory after sophomore sensation Brandon Sinclair rushed for his third TD of the night – a 52-yarder that put him over the 300-yard mark for the night. He finished with 343 yards.

But the maligned Carolina Forest defense stiffened in the fourth quarter and Brunson led three straight TD drives, beginning with a 73-yarder bomb to Belack. He hit Zavier Jones for the second TD hookup of the night and converted the game-tying 2-point pass to Belack to make it 35-all with 8 minutes left.

After holding the Seahawks, the Panthers drove to the Myrtle Beach 18 in the final minute. Rather than risk a field goal try, the Panthers converted a key fourth-and-1 on a Brunson sneak then he found Belack in the end zone for the game-winner on the next play. Myrtle Beach could not answer.

Brunson found Jones on a 72-yard bomb to open the scoring and set the tone for a tough night for the young Seahawks secondary. Brunson completed 27 of 37 passes for 417 yards, but he did give up a pick-six to Kelton Greene that tied it at 7-all. The score was level against 14-all shortly before halftime when Sinclair broke loose for an 8-yard TD run that gave Myrtle Beach its first lead at 21-14.

Myrtle Beach (1-3) travels to Conway next week, while Carolina Forest (1-4) welcomes Beaufort to town.

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