Eager Seahawks come out swinging in season opener

mbfoot-belackwaringjumpThe Myrtle Beach Seahawks kicked off their season Thursday night against visiting West Brunswick (NC) with high expectations to defend their 2013 Class 3A state championship.

It didn’t take them long to rise to the occasion. Myrtle Beach scored three first-quarter touchdowns in the span of 6 minutes en route to a convincing 42-14 victory in the Derrick Law Firm Kickoff Clash at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium.

After starting a bit rusty with an interception on the Seahawks first play, Myrtle Beach quarterback Drayton Arnold rebounded to throw three touchdown passes – all the different receivers. Running back Brandon Sinclair carried his share of the workload, rushing for 190 yards on 22 carries and two touchdowns.

Arnold hit Kelton Green for a 24-yard touchdown pass to open the scoring, and Sinclair scored on a 14-yard TD run on the Seahawks’ ensuing drive. Then special teams took over, blocking a second punt by Marcus Chestnut with Kyle Belack scooping and scoring for a 21-0 edge. Sinclair’s 1-yard dive capped the first half with a 28-0 Myrtle Beach lead.

Arnold connected with Mailk Waring for a 13-yard TD and Belack scored his second TD of the night on a 22-yard toss from Arnold. The Myrtle Beach defense allowed a pair of rushing touchdowns in the second half to spoil the shutout, but it was an impressive performance by all three phases of the game for the Seahawks (1-0), who travel to West Florence next week.

– Photo courtesy of MB Athletics

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