MYRTLE BEACH — The Seahawks had a difficult time on Friday night.
Myrtle Beach struggled on both offense and defense, which is very unusual for one of coach Mickey Wilson’s squads.
The Seahawks allowed 638 yards of total offense and Richmond County’s Diquon Cox rushed for 258 yards and four touchdowns as the Rockingham, N.C.-based Raiders ousted Myrtle Beach 64-30 in the first game of the Derrick Law Firm Kickoff Clash at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium.
Richmond County quarterback Brent Flowers finished 6-for-11 with 95 yards passing and rushed for 144 yards on 12 carries. The Raiders gained a total of 543 yards on the ground.
Meanwhile, the Seahawks’ strong point on offense was halfback Brandon Sinclair, who rushed for 153 yards on 17 carries and scored two touchdowns. Myrtle Beach’s passing game was split between two quarterbacks, Drayton Arnold and Jake Deskins. Arnold finished 5-for-16 with 51 yards and two interceptions, while Deskins was 8-for-12 for 87 yards and two touchdowns.
Sinclair started the scoring for Myrtle Beach as he ran the ball in from the three yards out on the Seahawks’ first drive of the game in under a minute. However, it was all Raiders for the rest of the first quarter.
The Seahawks allowed Richmond County to gain 398 yards of total offense in just the first half. Miles Grant rushed for a 9-yard touchdown for Richmond County’s first score, but it didn’t stop there. Grant caught a 22-yard pass from Flowers with 3:49 left in the first frame. Cox scored his first touchdown of the game with 23 seconds remaining in the first quarter to give the Raiders a 21-7 advantage.
Cox broke away for two touchdowns in the second quarter on rushes of 38 yards and 49 yards, respectively. Cox had 10 rushes for 195 yards in the first half.
Myrtle Beach kicker Sean Huggins nailed a 31-yard field goal to start the second quarter to cut the Seahawks’ deficit to 11. Sinclair rushed for his second touchdown of the half from 16 yards out with 8:07 remaining in the half.
It was all Richmond County to start the second half as the Raiders scored three touchdowns in under five minutes. Raekwon McKinnon scored a 4-yard rushing touchdown on the Raiders’ first drive and on the following kickoff, Richmond County recovered an onside kick and Cox scored his fourth rushing touchdown of the game from 13 yards out. Flowers rushed for a 60-yard touchdown with a little over seven minutes in the third quarter.
Seahawks quarterback Jake Deskins replaced Drayton in with three minutes left in the third quarter and quickly threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Graham Vaughn, but Myrtle Beach still trailed Richmond County by 23 points at that time. Vaughn caught another touchdown pass from Deskins as the clock ran out.
MB- Brandon Sinclair 3 rush (Sean Huggins kick) 11:19
RC- Miles Grant 9 rush (Hill Pence kick) 7:10
RC- Grant 22 pass from Brent Flowers (Mike Rush rush failed) 3:49
RC- Diquon Cox 6 rush (Cox rush) 0:23
MB- Huggins 31 field goal 10:43
RC- Cox 38 rush (Pence kick blocked) 9:24
MB- Sinclair 16 rush (Huggins kick) 8:07
RC- Cox 49 rush (Grant rush) 6:04
RC- Raekwon McKinnon 4 rush (Pence kick blocked) 10:01
RC- Cox 13 rush (Jesse Williams rush) 9:14
RC- Flowers 60 rush (Williams rush) 7:12
MB- Graham Vaughn 17 pass from Jake Deskins (Huggins kick)
RC- Tyler Calhoun 7 rush (Pence kick) 4:34
MB- Vaughn 9 pass from Deskins 0:00
RUSHING—Richmond County: Cox 14-258; Flowers 12-144. Myrtle Beach: Sinclair 17-153
PASSING—Richmond County: Flowers 11-6-0 95 1. Myrtle Beach: Arnold 16-5-2 51 0; Deskins 12-8-1 87 2.
RECEIVING—Richmond County: N/A. Myrtle Beach: Sinclair 3-16, Keyonte Sessions 2-24, Marquis Green 2-16, Malik Waring 3-33.
Contact MAX MCKINNON at 626-0302.