MB seeks national attention with Surf and Turf Classic

Move over, Beach Ball Classic. There’s a new game and major sporting event coming to Myrtle Beach, but fortunately for local sports fans the town is big enough for both of them.

Myrtle Beach High School’s Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium will play host to the Surf and Turf Kickoff Classic next fall, bringing four top-notch football programs to the Grand Strand to start the season in style.

Similar to the Beach Ball Classic, a national basketball tournament that brings in top teams and talent every year between Christmas and New Year’s Day, the Surf and Turf aims to do the same on the gridiron.

Long-range plans call for the event to attract top teams from around the country, but net year’s inaugural classic will stick with state powerhouse programs. Teams have not yet been announced, but the event will be held during the opening week of the high school football season.

The move elevates the Seahawks, who are ranked No. 11 in the nation according to USA Today, to the position of attracting national attention for the program and the classic.

ESPN’s family of networks have expanded their coverage of high school football, especially early in the season before college football hits full stride. Myrtle Beach hopes to parlay the event into more national exposure, although no TV agreements have been made.

The Seahawks are already revered throughout South Carolina after winning two state titles over the past three seasons, but it took an upset win over Byrnes to vault them into the national spotlight.

Myrtle Beach’s 28-21 comeback victory over the Rebels in overtime turnd heads across the country. Byrnes had won 70 straight games at home before the Seahawks snapped the streak by scoring 28 unanswered points.

Organizers hope the Surf and Turf will be another tool for the Seahawks to use to continue climbing the ladder on a national scale.

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