Mickey Wilson and Marc Morris joked before Friday’s game that their two football teams would flip roles. Myrtle Beach would be a run-first team for the night, which Carolina Forest would become pass-happy.
Apparently, they weren’t joking.
Myrtle Beach dominated the line of scrimmage, out-gained the Panthers nearly three-to-one on the ground and won 35-14 Friday night. It didn’t matter that the normally run-first Carolina Forest squad and quarterback Matt Beale threw for 251 yards.
Much of the Seahawks’ rushing damage came from junior Jermani Green, who went for 97 yards on 20 carries. More importantly, he punched in three touchdowns from the team’s Rhino package, a bunch formation that places the maximum number of players in the offensive backfield.
The win gives Myrtle Beach (2-3) a bit of relief after it had been thrashed on defense in three of its first four games. The team had allowed 175 points entering Friday night, with three teams – Byrnes, Charlotte Christian and Socastee – each dropping 50-plus. In fact, this was the least points Myrtle Beach had allowed since a 55-3 win over St. James last November.
Beale, who also ran for 28 yards and a touchdown, was also charged with a fumble and an interception, both in the second half. Those miscues prevented Carolina Forest from making a late push.
The Seahawks will have to turn around and play high-powered Conway next week in the annual Victory Bell rivalry game, while Carolina Forest (2-2) heads to Loris.
Myrtle Beach led by two touchdowns at the beginning of the fourth quarter, but Carolina Forest had the ball at the Seahawks’ 13-yard line and were threatening to score. Instead, a fumble on the snap ended up in Myrtle Beach’s hands and the Panthers’ deficit grew soon thereafter.
Lawson Cribb: The Myrtle Beach quarterback started and played the entire game while throwing for 136 yards and a touchdown on an efficient nine-of-16 clip.
Xayvion Knox: Myrtle Beach’s backup running back had 77 yards on 14 carries while also playing defense.
Derek Alston: Proving to be Matt Beale’s new favorite target, the Carolina Forest receiver had seven catches for 89 yards.
By the numbers
Myrtle Beach has won 14 of the 20 matches between the two schools, with three of Carolina Forest’s victories coming the 1990s.
Carolina Forest threw for 101 yards more Friday night than it had in its first three games combined.
Carolina Forest was flagged 11 time for 85 yards. That didn’t include four offsetting penalties split between the teams. Myrtle Beach had just 20 yards of penalties.
They said it
“It’s been a tough four weeks, but we’ve played some good football teams. I think it’s made us better. … It’s good to get one in the win column.” - Myrtle Beach coach Mickey Wilson, on his team avoiding a 1-4 start.
“I think Jermani has been getting exhausted because he’s been playing on both sides of the ball. We tried to rotate in (backup Xayvion Knox) a little. I thought he did a really good job of coming in and helping out.” - Wilson, on starting running back Jermani Green.
“They did something we didn’t think they’d be able to do, which was dominate our line of scrimmage, their offensive line [against] our defensive line. When you play them, you know you’re going to have to make them one-dimensional because you know they’re going to throw it. They were able to run and throw it against us.” - Carolina Forest coach Marc Morris.
Myrtle Beach: vs. Conway
Carolina Forest: at Loris
MB - Jermani Green 10 run (Chad Toone kick)
CF - Matt Beale 20 run (Freddie Kane kick)
MB - Green 8 run (Toone kick)
MB - Marcus Grissette 42 rec from Lawson Cribb (Toone kick)
CF - Quasim Porter 23 rec from Beale 9 (Kane kick)
MB - Green 1 run (Toone kick)
MB - Xayvion Knox 1 run (Toone kick)
Rushing: Myrtle Beach: Player Jermani Green 20-97; Xayvion Knox 14-77. Carolina Forest: Player Quasim Porter 11-37; Matt Beale 5-28; David Legette 6-26
Passing: Myrtle Beach: Lawson Cribb 9-15-0, 136 yards. Carolina Forest: Matt Beale 16-21-1, 251 yards.
Receiving: Myrtle Beach: Marcus Grissett 1-42; Luke Doty 3-30; Jermani Green 3-24. Carolina Forest: Derek Alson 7-89; Shawn Mallo 5-85; Jackson Weatherwax 1-29.