Trell Harrell understands that Myrtle Beach’s offense isn’t the high-flying show it’s used to being.
Yet, the Seahawks senior also knows that being opportunistic can also be just as good. Harrell scored on three short touchdown runs, returning a long kickoff return to set up the third, and helped his team beat Carolina Forest 33-10 Friday night on the road.
“If I can do it, and they put me in there, I’ll get as many yards as I can to help my team get the ‘W,’ ” Harrell said.
The Seahawks, ranked No. 1 in Class AAA, had just 100 yards of total offense in last week’s win over South Florence. Instead, they’ve been relying on defense and special teams.
Harrell made sure Myrtle Beach took advantage of the few opportunities it had against the Panthers. After all, it was obviously from the get-go that this was going to be another Seahawk snoozer.
Carolina Forest put a scare into coach Mickey Wilson’s team, and the Panthers actually led for a span of about 4 minutes at the end of the first quarter and into the second. However, that was when the Myrtle Beach offense started to wear down its opponent.
The Seahawks got two more touchdowns from Harrell – who finished the game with a modest 28 yards to get to those three scores – in the second quarter. Carolina Forest had closed the gap to 13-10 with a little over a minute to go in the second quarter when Harrell capitalized and made the Panthers pay.
After Michael Brooks’ field goal, Harrell returned the ensuing kickoff 53 yards to the Carolina Forest 31. A long Tyler Keane pass and run got the Seahawks to the 2-yard line.
Harrell took it from there, scoring for the third time out of the wildcat formation – a spot that through the team’s first three games was typically handled by fellow senior C.J. Cooper.
“He’s just so versatile,” coach Mickey Wilson said. “He’s a lot like C.J. We can mix it up with him, put him at quarterback some, put him in some places to try to get him the ball. He’s great in space.”
Kicker Max Huggins drilled a pair of third-quarter field goals to extend the lead, and then Keane capped it with a 35-yard touchdown pass to Renard Pointer in the final quarter. Keane, in his return to his former school, completed 21-of-31 pass attempts for 239 yards and that one touchdown.
The win kept Myrtle Beach (4-0) undefeated, while dropping Carolina Forest to 1-4. Record notwithstanding, Panthers coach Drew Hummel wasn’t too upset with the performance.
The Panthers had lost its previous two games in this series by a combined score of 91-6. So Friday’s result not only showed some improvement, it did so with primarily younger and inexperienced players.
“This is a positive [Friday],” Hummel said. “This is a good football team we’re playing. This isn’t no run-of-the-mill football team. They’re athletic, they’re good, and they know how to win. … If you work to get the respect that you have to have, you have to go through people like that.”
The Panthers and their beefed-up schedule will head to Beaufort next week.
The Seahawks will have Conway and its annual meeting in the Victory Bell rivalry game.
“We’re not great by any means. We’ve got to continue to get better every day and every week,” Wilson said. “We’re growing up. I’m proud of our guys – we’re playing with a great effort.”
MB – Trell Harrell 1 run (PAT blocked)
CF – Harold Atkinson 1 run (Michael Brooks kick)
MB – Harrell 1 run (Max Huggins kick)
CF – Brooks 33 field goal
MB – Harrell 2 run (Huggins kick)
MB – Huggins 36 field goal
MB – Huggins 37 field goal
MB – Renard Pointer 35 rec from Tyler Keane (conversion failed)