Seahawks leash Bulldogs, advance to state title game

mbfoot-sackmcThe Myrtle Beach High football team saved its best football game of the season for its biggest, beating visiting Marlboro County 20-6 in Friday night’s Class 3A Lower State Final.

The Seahawks (10-4) got a balanced offensive performance, shut down the Bulldogs’ (11-3) air-raid attack and made some key plays on special teams to advance to their fourth state title game in six years. Myrtle Beach will face Daniel next Saturday at Williams-Brice Stadium for the Class 3A title.

Billed as a shootout between two high-powered offenses, the Myrtle Beach defense stole the show by shutting down the pass-happy Bulldogs for most of the game. Quarterback Drayton Arnold threw two touchdown passes and running back Brandon Sinclair rushed for 138 yards, but it was the defense that propelled the Seahawks to victory in front of a standing-room-only crowd of 6,500.

Myrtle Beach’s Jaden Grayer picked off a London Johnson pass on the opening possession, then the Seahawks forced the Bulldogs to turn the ball over on downs. That set up the first score of the game in the second quarter on a 46-yard touchdown pass from Drayton Arnold to Kelton Greene.

The Seahawks defense then made perhaps the play of the game by forcing a Fred David fumble just shy of the goal line following a long run. That set up a long drive that was capped by Sean Huggins’ 29-yard field goal for a 10-0 halftime lead.

Myrtle Beach’s special teams and defense teamed up for the next score after punter Arly Barr pinned the Bulldogs deep in their own territory and the defense stopped David in the end zone for a safety and a 12-0 lead. That gave the Seahawks good field position before they committed their first turnover of the night.

The Bulldogs finally got things going late in the third period. On a third-and-long, Johnson hit receiver Raheem Ward for a first down, but he made a nice move and sprinted 91 yards for Marlboro County’s first score of the game. The Bulldogs missed the PAT but cut the deficit in half at 12-6.

Marlboro County forced a fumble and was threatening to score the game-tying touchdown when freshman Keyonte Sessions made another huge defensive play. A scrambling Johnson lobbed the ball out of bounds in the end zone to avoid a sack by Sessions made a diving grab and kept a foot in bounds to force the touchback.

The Seahawks opened the fourth quarter with a long TD drive that put the game away. Arnold threw a 5-yard TD fade to Malik Waring in the corner of the end zone and Sinclair added the 2-point conversion run to make it 20-6. Greene then came up with a big interception to kill a Bulldog drive, and the Seahawks sacked Johnson twice on the final series to preserve the win.

Adding to the surprise trip to the state championship game is the slow start to the season for the Seahawks, particularly the defense, which yielded 63 points and over 500 yards in the opener against Richmond County (NC). Myrtle Beach was 1-3 following a 41-35 loss to Carolina Forest, the Panthers’ lone win of the season, but the Seahawks have won nine of their last 10 to reach the Class 3A title game.

The Seahawks will face Daniel Saturday in Columbia. Daniel (15-0) defeated Chapman tonight 29-27.

Photo by Rancier Photography

Chants do it with defense for second straight week

Chants do it with defense for second straight weekNot even a 44-minute lightning delay midway through the third [more]

Week 3: MB, CF roll to set up battle of undefeateds

Week 3: MB, CF roll to set up battle of undefeatedsJon "JJ" Jones returned to his old stomping grounds at [more]

Wednesday's Roundup: SJ girls go low to beat Braves

Wednesday's Roundup: SJ girls go low to beat BravesSt. James traveled to Prestwick Country Club on Wednesday to [more]

MB transfer cleared just in time to face former school

MB transfer cleared just in time to face former schoolMyrtle Beach football player J.J. Jones has been cleared to [more]

Tuesday Roundup: Wins for CF golf, NMB volleyball

Tuesday Roundup: Wins for CF golf, NMB volleyballThe reigning Class 4A state champion North Myrtle Beach High [more]

Games go on after Dorian throws schedules for loop

Games go on after Dorian throws schedules for loopDespite Hurricane Dorian costing Horry County Schools a week of [more]

Chants capture historic victory over Jayhawks

Chants capture historic victory over JayhawksCoastal Carolina football recorded its first-ever win over a Power [more]

Who's No. 1? Two teams atop latest football polls

Who's No. 1? Two teams atop latest football polls Like it did after last year’s state championship games, Horry [more]

Hurricane Dorian calls halt to Strand sports schedule

Hurricane Dorian calls halt to Strand sports scheduleHurricane Dorian is not expected to make landfall on the [more]

Coast U-19 girls pass early test, take Atlanta Cup title

Coast U-19 girls pass early test, take Atlanta Cup titleCoach R.J. Bass wanted a strong early test for his [more]

Eastern Michigan spoils Coastal's season opener

Eastern Michigan spoils Coastal's season opener The Coastal Carolina Chanticleers opened their season the same way [more]

Week 1: Historic win for SJ; MB, CF roll in openers

Week 1: Historic win for SJ; MB, CF roll in openersTommy Norwood tried to nix the Gatorade bath. He raised [more]

Welch wins World Am in East/West Coast shootout

Welch wins World Am in East/West Coast shootoutWilliam Welch (West Islip, N.Y.) shot a net 69 (gross [more]

Golf: CF packs 1-2 punch; St. James claims tri-match

Golf: CF packs 1-2 punch; St. James claims tri-matchThe Carolina Forest girls golf team made a strong showing [more]

Chiefs reach Border Battle finale, swept by Warriors

Chiefs reach Border Battle finale, swept by WarriorsThe Palmetto State made a strong showing in the Border [more]

Perfect conditions greet thousands for World Am

Perfect conditions greet thousands for World AmBeautiful weather greeted the 3,215 golfers participating in the 36th [more]

Two Coast FA boys teams crowned Triangle champs

Two Coast FA boys teams crowned Triangle champsTwo Coast FA boys teams returned home as champions from [more]

Week 0: Chiefs top Tigers; Sharks beat Lions at horn

Week 0: Chiefs top Tigers; Sharks beat Lions at hornMatt Reel sighed more than once when talking about his [more]

Six former Pelicans make big-league leap to Cubs

Six former Pelicans make big-league leap to Cubs The distance from Myrtle Beach’s TicketReturn.com Stadium to Chicago’s Wrigley [more]

Chiefs try to stay hungry, humble in title repeat bid

Chiefs try to stay hungry, humble in title repeat bidThe only thing harder than winning a state championship is [more]

Stormy weather big winner at CNB Kickoff Classic

Stormy weather big winner at CNB Kickoff ClassicTwo blowouts, a lightning delay and ultimately three of the [more]

Coast FA boys kick off fall season with strong outing

Coast FA boys kick off fall season with strong outingFive Coast FA boys teams entered the Charlotte Invitational over [more]

Hemingway follows family, teammates to Gamecocks

Hemingway follows family, teammates to GamecocksSix minutes after his youngest child had announced his college [more]

MB Track & Field Club set for cross country season

MB Track & Field Club set for cross country seasonBuilding on the success of the track and field season, [more]

Seahawks, Trojans, Chiefs in preseason football poll

Seahawks, Trojans, Chiefs in preseason football pollDefending state champion Myrtle Beach opened the 2019 preseason as [more]

Chants do it with defense for second straight week

Chants do it with defense for second straight weekNot even a 44-minute lightning delay midway through the third [more]

Week 3: MB, CF roll to set up battle of undefeateds

Week 3: MB, CF roll to set up battle of undefeatedsJon "JJ" Jones returned to his old stomping grounds at [more]

One response to “Seahawks leash Bulldogs, advance to state title game”

  1. T28 says:

    yes sir!!!!!!!! The Hawks are flying High

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

© 2019 Grand Strand Sports Report · RSS
Myrtle Beach Web Design
Kayaking in Myrtle Beach