It wasn't always good, but Myrtle Beach receiver Eddie Jones proved his playmaking abilities on Friday night.
In his 2007 debut, Jones scored two touchdowns and set up two more as the Seahawks beat Dillon 30-21 at Dillon Memorial Stadium.
Jones didn't play in Myrtle Beach's first two games after suffering a knee injury the day before the CNB Kickoff Classic jamboree. But he was cleared Friday morning and had a huge impact later in the day.
Jones caught two touchdowns from quarterback Everett Golson in the first half, and then recovered a key fourth quarter fumble that led to the winning touchdown on the next play.
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"He was big," Myrtle Beach (3-0) coach Scott Earley said. "It was all these kids. They all fought adversity and I'm so proud of them."
The matchup was the biggest in the state this week. Dillon (2-1) entered ranked No. 1 in Class AA - Earley said after the game they will win the state title in that classification. Myrtle Beach came in ranked No. 1 in Class AAA.
With a healthy Jones, Myrtle Beach is surely a contender for the Class AAA title.
After losing a fumble on an option pitch in the third quarter, Jones recovered a botched Dillon snap with seven minutes left in the game. Golson hit William Lee on a 58-yard touchdown strike on the ensuing play and Dillon never recovered.
The Wildcats, who tied the game at 21 with a 54-yard touchdown pass midway through the third quarter, turned the ball over four times and punted twice in the second half. Dillon had a total of seven turnovers: four fumbles and three interceptions.
"We got a lot going, but we just turned the ball over too many times," Dillon coach Jackie Hayes said. "You can't turn it over against a team like that."
Jones accounted for three touchdowns in the first half, catching the two and muffing a punt that led to Dillon's first score.
The Seahawks scored on the game's opening series after Golson led an eight-play, 83-yard touchdown drive. Golson missed on his first passing attempt, but then completed seven straight. Jones made a diving reception on the sixth reception and then caught a six yarder for the touchdown.
Dillon then turned the ball over three consecutive times, once on downs, once on a fumble and once on an interception.
Myrtle Beach took James Sumpter's interception and went 50 yards in three plays. Golson hit Jones on a 20-yard touchdown with 9.7 seconds left in the first quarter to give the Seahawks a 14-0 lead.
Jones helped Dillon two drives later when he muffed a punt, leading to a 52-yard touchdown pass from Travis Murphy to Jonathan Wright to cut the lead to 14-7
The Wildcats were knocking on the door two drives later, but Sowells' pass was picked off in the end zone by Demazio Skelton, who returned the pick 103 yards for a touchdown and a 21-7 lead.
Dillon went 80 yards on the ensuing drive to bring the Wildcats within a touchdown at halftime.