CONWAY — The Lions put up a fight. But in the end the Seahawks flexed their muscle.
Loris scored first, but Myrtle Beach came right back and the Seahawks showed off their passing game in a 7-3 win over the Lions during the CNB Kickoff Classic on Friday night.
Despite the exhibition win, Myrtle Beach coach Mickey Wilson believes there is room for improvement.
“We just need to get better,” Wilson said. “It’s been taking some time on the offensive side of the ball but we got to continue and fight and get better every day.”
Loris scored after a bad snap on third down to set up a 34-yard Orlin Mejia field goal that put the Lions ahead 3-0.
Meanwhile, Seahawks quarterback Tyler Keane completed a 52-yard pass to C.J. Cooper for the game-winning touchdown.
“We [need to work on] obviously not giving up big plays like that,” Loris coach Jamie Snider said. “We need to cut out those big mistakes and hopefully stay consistent.”
The Lions attacked the 6-foot senior quarterback early and often, raising some concerns for the Myrtle Beach’s men in the trenches.
“We got a brand new offensive line,” Wilson said. “We got some protection issues we need to fix. We know we’re young and inexperienced and it will take some time to get better but I think it will work.”
Said Snider: “We got a few sacks against a throwing-oriented team and with these conditions we took advantage. Our kids played hard and I’m proud of their effort.”
Snider had nothing but praise for the Seahawks, and was glad to have some competition before getting the season started.
“They’re a great football team and they’re well-coached,” Snyder said. “It’s a great opportunity to see where we’re at before we start the season next week.”
Snider and Wilson both see the Kickoff Classic as a way to see what the team needs to work on.
“It’s in a game-type atmosphere and it shows you what you need to improve on,” Snider said. “We’re going to watch this film and hopefully get better.”
Coming out throwing
Aynor and Socastee are both known for running the ball offensively. However, that didn’t stop the pair from airing it out Friday.
Socastee came out with the 17-14 victory in the end on a 25-yard field goal from Ryan Sutton.
On the second play from scrimmage, Braves quarterback Hunter Renfrow let it fly and Zack Hyde was on the receiving end of it for 27 yards. It also helped that Daquon Brown scampered for a 20-yard run on the first play from scrimmage.
“They weren’t expecting us to throw it,” Socastee coach Tim Renfrow said. “We did some good things and some things we got to work on. Coach Jenerette does some good work with their offense because that’s a tough one to get ready for.”
The Blue Jackets responded quickly after Socastee scored on that first drive of the game. Hunter Windham had a 20-yard run that opened a long methodical drive for Aynor. The drive was capped off by a Lane Cooke two yard scoring run.
For most of the game between St. James and Waccamaw, neither team looked as if they were going to score.
In the end, the Sharks offense came alive in their 14-0 win.
“Once we got in rhythm we ran the ball hard,” Sharks coach Mark Fischer said, “and I thought we played good solid defense. I thought we played good assignment football but it shows we have a long way to go. I’m optimistic about our future but we have a long ways to go.”
St. James found the end zone on a Josh Roper 5-yard touchdown on a fake option play with under five minutes left to play. Austin Adams also scored on a short second-and-goal run.
Both teams displayed good defense, but other areas will be a focus heading into the regular season.
“We’re not nearly where we need to be, we had too many mistakes out there,” Fischer said of his team and Waccamaw. “I thought they played hard. They’re young and they’re on the right track.”
Yes, folks Danny Daly is no longer with the Panthers but Will Brunson – the new starting quarterback at Carolina Forest – looked like an identical twin on Friday night.
Brunson connected on about half of his 10 pass attempts and tossed a couple TD passes. Carolina Forest didn’t have any problems with Green Sea Floyds as the game was called at 28-0.
“We feel real good about the young kid,” Panthers coach Drew Hummel said of Brunson. “He is only a sophomore but a lot of people have already took interest in him. He’s got good size and knows what he’s doing.”
Brunson proved Hummel 100 percent correct. He completed a 70-yard touchdown pass to Jamar White and a 10-yarder to Ryan Yurachek. In all, Brunson threw for about 150 yards. Carolina Forest star running back Harold Atkinson back scored two touchdowns, a 5-yarder and 23-yarder.
Protecting their house
Conway came out sluggish to start its game against North Myrtle Beach. The Tigers got their growl, took control halfway through the game and finished off strong 21-0.
Senior quarterback Mykal Moody looked good after recovering from a broken collarbone. He threw for a 26-yard touchdown to Sawyer Jordan to get things rolling for Conway. The defense came through with an interception on the next possession.
Two plays later, Tyreke Phillips scampered into the end zone from 30 yards out. The Tigers’ defense came through again when Ikeem Coles scooped up a fumble and returned it for a 20-yard touchdown.
The second string even got into the act when Ethan Smith threw a 67-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Edwards.
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