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Oceanside Collegiate falls just short against Class AAAA power Myrtle Beach

A difficult early season schedule continued for the Oceanside Collegiate football team on Friday night as the Landsharks hosted one of the state’s AAAA powerhouses in Myrtle Beach High at Johnson Hagood Stadium.

The two teams combined for some offensive fireworks with Myrtle Beach escaping with a 34-31 win.

Myrtle Beach was playing for the first time this fall after missing three games due to COVID-19 protocols. Oceanside Collegiate fell to 1-3 on the season, losing for the second time this season to a ranked team.

The Seahawks, ranked third in Class AAAA, featured a pair of Division I prospects on offense in quarterback Ryan Burger, an Appalachian State commit, and receiver Adam Randall, a Clemson commit. The duo provided plenty of highlights for Myrtle Beach.

Burger threw for 330 yards and four touchdowns, three of those scores to Randall, who had 195 receiving yards and another 65 on the ground.

“We want to play these tough games to prepare us for the postseason, but we want to win these games, too,” Oceanside Collegiate coach Joe Call said. “I have to say, I am really proud of our guys. We fought our tails off. We got down 17, but we found a way to give ourselves a chance to win at the end. We’re disappointed, but I thought we grew up a lot tonight. That’s a good football team over there.”

Myrtle Beach needed only two plays of their second possession to light up the scoreboard as Burger and Randall combined on a 43-yard pass and run with 8:19 left in the opening quarter.

Oceanside Collegiate had a solid first quarter offensively, running 21 plays to Myrtle Beach’s 10, but one drive ended with a missed field goal. A second long drive of 10 plays ended early in the second quarter with Spencer McKinley’s 28-yard field goal. The Landsharks reached the Myrtle Beach 7-yard line but had two penalties to thwart the touchdown threat.

The Seahawks quickly answered the field goal with another touchdown, needing seven plays to cover 80 yards in 1:26 as Burger hit Antonio Brown on a 39-yard scoring toss, upping the lead to 13-3 with 9:34 left in the half.

After forcing a punt, the Seahawks went back to work. Burger’s 50-yard scamper set up Cam Ward’s 3-yard scoring run and a 20-3 lead.

The Landsharks rallied late in the half for a key touchdown. Stephen Segars intercepted a tipped pass and returned it to the 10-yard line. Two plays later, Blue scored from 7 yards, cutting the halftime margin to 20-10.

Rico Harrell delivered fireworks on the second-half kickoff, breaking tackles along the way on a 99-yard return for a touchdown and the Landsharks trailed 20-17 early in the third.

After forcing a Myrtle Beach punt, Oceanside took over with great field position at the Myrtle Beach 37-yard line. Eight plays later, Colby Shirey connected with Zai Offord in the back of the end zone, giving the Landsharks their first lead of the night at 24-20 with six minutes left in the third. Shirey tallied more than 200 yards in offense on the night.

But Burger and Randall were far from done. Four plays and just over a minute after losing the lead, Burger found Randall wide open down the sideline for a 58-yard touchdown connection. The extra point was missed, but the Seahawks led 26-24 with 4:46 left in the third.

After an exchange of punts, the Landsharks grabbed the lead in the fourth. A 40-yard scamper by Jace Kraftchick on a jet sweep gave Oceanside Collegiate a 31-26 lead with 7:46 left in the contest.

But again Burger and Randall proved too tough to contain, combining on a 7-yard pass for the go-ahead touchdown with 5:10 to play.

The Landsharks had one last chance and moved the ball down inside the 30 before an interception in the end zone ended the threat.

Oceanside Collegiate will travel to unbeaten Beaufort next week.

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