MYRTLE BEACH — Much like it did a year ago, Myrtle Beach made sure what appears to have been its lone home game of the playoffs counted.
Now it’s time to see if the Seahawks can have another game like Friday’s on the road.
Coach Mickey Wilson’s team hit Berkeley early and often, and eventually beat the Stags 35-0 in the opening round of the Class AAA playoffs.
The win advances Myrtle Beach to next week’s game at Crestwood, one of the Lower State’s top seeds.
The Seahawks showed, at least for one night, they may be better prepared to extend their season than they were in 2012.
“We’ve been doing this all year,” sophomore Brandon Sinclair said. “We just haven’t put it all together. Now that we finally put it together, everybody is noticing what the Myrtle Beach Seahawks are really made of.”
The Seahawks (7-4) led 14-0 at the time, and Arnold went on to complete all eight of his second-quarter throws for big yards.
The Seahawks also stymied Berkeley (5-6) quarterback Joseph Dress and his trio of tailbacks — Jamal Bowman, Joshua Sellers and Jonathan Washington. The four players accounted for just 32 rushing yards in the first half.
Berkeley 0 0 0 0—0
Myrtle Beach 14 21 0 0—35
MB — Brandon Sinclair 6 run (Sean Huggins kick)
MB — Hunter Starbeck punt block ret (Huggins kick)
MB — Sinclair 1 run (Huggins kick)
MB — Graham Vaughn 51 rec from Drayton Arnold (Huggins kick)
MB – Jaden Grayer 19 rec from Arnold (Huggins kick)