Seahawks stunned on final play by Lower Richland

Shocking! That’s the only word to describe Myrtle Beach’s heartbreaking 34-31 loss to Lower Richland on a Hail Mary pass on the final play of the game.

Trailing 31-28 with 6.5 seconds remaining, Lower Richland quarterback Tevaughn Higgins heaved a bomb from midfield into the hands of Deonta Jacobs for a game-winning touchdown as time expired. The catch and ensuing celebration capped a wild comeback by the Diamond Hornets (7-5), who trailed 24-0 in the third quarter and were behind by nine points with less than 2 minutes remaining.

Myrtle Beach controlled the game for nearly three quarters as Jermani Green scored his second touchdown run of the game to give the Seahawks (7-5) a 24-0 edge. But Lower Richland answered with two TD passes from Higgins to Jamal Henderson to cut the deficit to 24-14 entering the fourth quarter.

Myrtle Beach appeared to regain control on a Lawson Cribb to Luke Doty TD pass to make it 31-14, but the Diamond Hornets scored 20 unanswered points to close the game. Leading 31-28 with 45 seconds left to play, Myrtle Beach opted not to take a safety and instead shanked a punt that gave Lower Richland the last-gasp chance it needed.

The loss ends a roller coaster season for the Seahawks, who started 1-3 but were riding a four-game winning streak before letting one slip away at Lower Richland.

Photo by Joel Beachum

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