Late TD helps Seahawks avoid Bulldogs’ upset bid

The Myrtle Beach High football team kept its hopes of second place in the region alive with an amazing last-minute touchdown to defeat visiting Georgetown 17-10 on Friday night.

Myrtle Beach quarterback Drayton Arnold hit Kelton Greene for a 28-yard touchdown with 21 seconds remaining to break a tie game and hold off a hard charge by the Bulldogs in the second half.

The Seahawks (5-4 overall, 3-1 Region 7-3A) saw a tough Georgetown team show up to play Friday, taking an early 3-0 lead and holding Myrtle Beach scoreless until Sea Huggins tied it up with a 28-yard kick. Myrtle Beach took its first lead on a Drayton Arnold-to-Malik Waring TD connection from 14 yards out.

The Seahawks had to battle to hold onto to their 10-3 lead for most of the second half, with the defense stopping Georgetown on a fourth-and-1 on the Seahawks’ 15 with 8 minutes. After a three-and-out, the Myrtle Beach defense forced a turnover to kill another drive with 5 minutes left.

But Georgetown got one last shot and hit the jackpot on Jarvis Brown’s 65-yard touchdown pass to Zack Collins with less than 2 minutes left. An excessive celebration penalty forced the Bulldogs to boot a 35-yard PAT to tie it 10-all, giving the Seahawks the chance to avoid overtime with a final drive.

It didn’t look good on third and 26 deep in their own territory, but Brandon Sinclair broke loose for a 28-yard run to midfield and Arnold completed a short pass to put Myrtle Beach in field goal range. But with the Bulldogs biting on a run by Sinclair, Arnold faked the handoff and hit Greene in stride for the game-winning TD.

Arnold completed 13 of 24 passes for 192 yards and two TDs and Sinclair rushed 30 times for 146 yards to lead the Seahawks attack. The victory sets up a showdown at rival North Myrtle Beach next week for second place in the region.

Photo by Rancier Photography

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