Seahawks use late surge to sink Irmo in Kickoff Classic

The Myrtle Beach Seahawks made an amazing comeback in the nightcap of the inaugural Derrick Law Firm Kickoff Classic for a 33-27 victory over Irmo on Saturday night at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium.

Myrtle Beach senior CJ Cooper, who made the transition from quarterback to wide receiver this season, made his biggest impact as a special teams player when he blocked an Irmo punt in the waning minutes. Myrtle Beach lineman OT Thomas scooped it up on the 5-yard-line and dived into the end zone for the game-winning touchdown.

The bizarre turn of events capped a comeback from a 15-point deficit in the second half. The Yellow Jackets (0-2) led the Seahawks (1-0) 27-12 and appeared to be in command before Myrtle Beach thrilled the large crowd with some big plays late.

The Seahawks jumped out to a 12-0 lead on a pair of field goals by Max Huggins and a 22-yard touchdown pass from Tyler Keane to Sean Michael Orcutt, a two-way standout who left the game with injury and was sorely missed.

Irmo took advantage of the linebacker’s absence by running right up the middle with running back Bryce Fashaw, who made scoring runs of 23 and 17 yards to give the Yellow Jackets a 14-12 halftime lead. Irmo kept wearing down the Seahawks defense for two more TDs in the second half for a 27-12 advantage, but Myrtle Beach came to life down the stretch to overcome the 15-point deficit.

Keane, who completed 17 of 34 passes for 222 yards,  connected on his third touchdown pass with tight end Renard Pointer late in the third quarter to make it a 27-19 game, then hooked up with Trell Harrell with 6 minutes remaining and a chance to tie. But Keane’s 2-point pass was swatted down by Irmo and the Seahawks trailed 27-25.

That’s when the Myrtle Beach defense and special teams stepped up to take control. After Marcus Chestnut’s sack forced Irmo to punt, Cooper broke free to make the block and OT Thomas scooped it up and dived into the end zone for the game-winner. Pointer made a big interception on Irmo’s final series to clinch the victory.

The Seahawks have a short turnaround before facing a tough West Florence team on the road Thursday night.

Photo by Rancier Photography

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