Myrtle Beach senior receiver Donte Sumpter waited two months to join his teammates on the football field, but it didn't take him long to make an impact in Friday night's 21st annual CNB Kickoff Classic.
Sumpter caught Myrtle Beach's first offensive play from scrimmage for a 33-yard touchdown and added a 1-yard TD catch minutes later to help the Seahawks defeat Loris 28-8 in one of five 20-minute games at Conway High School.
Sumpter just joined the Seahawks on the practice field Wednesday because of whiplash suffered in a car accident this summer.
"I'm motivated. I couldn't do anything for almost two months," said Sumpter, an East Carolina commitment. "I had turf toe before the accident, so I couldn't do any running with the team or anything, so this time I had to really work and keep myself in shape for longer down the road."
Sumpter had a third reception for 10 yards in limited action, and a dazzling 51-yard TD reception called back because of a penalty. He was one of the favorite targets Friday of Everett Golson, who played two offensive series for a total of 13 plays and was 6-for-10 for 68 yards and the two TDs to Sumpter.
Backup senior quarterback Mitch Campbell was 6-for-6 for 89 yards and a TD - a 19-yarder to junior Tramond Wilson, who made a two-handed leaping catch. Junior running back Vincent Hoover scored Myrtle Beach's third touchdown on a 2-yard run, and sophomore Max Huggins converted all four extra points.
The Seahawks, unlike most teams in the area, are off next weekend and have two weeks before their first game. "I thought we played better tonight than we have in our scrimmages, and I'm excited," Seahawks coach Mickey Wilson said.
Loris junior quarterback Kentrez Hilton gained 64 yards on seven carries and scored the Lions' TD on a 2-yard run. A 35-yard run by Wilson on a scramble and 24-yard pass to Dominique Richburg set up the score, and a two-point conversion run by R.J. Brown gave the Lions a temporary 8-7 lead.
"They're a great program, and it kind of gives us an opportunity to find out where we are," Loris coach Jimmy Longerbeam said. "I saw a lot of real positive things tonight."
Conway 21, St. James 7 | It didn't take Conway long to show its toughness. The Tigers stuffed St. James fullback Nuji Holmes for minus-6 yards on the first two plays of the game, followed it up with two 15-yard penalties - one by a player and one by coach Chuck Jordan - and on the Sharks' third play, senior defensive back Kendrick Evans returned an interception 60 yards for a score. The rest of the contest was more of the same.
Conway sophomore quarterback Mykal Moody rushed four times for 99 yards, including a 66-yard scamper for a score, and senior running back Chris Brantley had four carries for 39 yards. Moody also found senior Rory Howard for a 6-yard score. Moody was 3-for-7 passing for 19 yards and came out halfway through the game.
St. James went with a platoon system at quarterback, with Chase Smith and Carl Buddin alternating series throughout, but neither signal-caller had much success against the Tigers first-string defense. The Sharks did find the end zone with 3:21 left when Buddin connected with Tyler Creech, who broke a tackle and rumbled into the end zone from 15 yards out.
Socastee 0, Waccamaw 0 | Socastee had the game's only two scoring opportunities, both in the final minute of the 20-minute contest.
A 36-yard field goal attempt with 50 seconds remaining by Socastee kicker Daniel Morris was low. Linebacker Terry Mishoe stripped Waccamaw freshman running back Jalen Simmons on the game's final play and raced about 25 yards for the right pylon of the end zone, but he was knocked out of bounds by Alex Burdette at the 2-yard line as time expired.
Simmons gained 35 yards on eight carries for the Warriors, while Socastee's Michquan Brown gained 37 yards on six carries and P.J. Brave had 11 yards on four carries.
Both teams moved the ball on one of its drives. Utilizing a double Wing-T offense, Waccamaw drove 41 yards the Socastee 29 on its first possession, running 7:30 off the 20-minute clock before being forced to punt.
Socastee began its second and final drive on its 34 and drove to the Waccamaw 19 with the help of an 18-yard pass from quarterback Jordan Renfrow to Brave, but a fumbled snap on third down forced the unsuccessful field goal attempt.
North Myrtle Beach 10, Aynor 0 | Chiefs senior wide receiver and defensive lineman Temarrick Hemingway was the star of the game, with a 34-yard touchdown reception and fumble recovery.
The TD reception came on a fourth-and-11 play on the Chiefs' second drive. The 6-foot-5, 210-pound Hemingway had one-on-one coverage on the outside and senior quarterback Timmy Bellamy lofted a pass that Hemingway caught while boxing out the defender at the goal line for the score.
Zack Crowl added the extra point, and later kicked a 22-yard field goal. Bellamy was 3-for-5 passing for 60 yards and the touchdown, and he also rushed for 30 yards on four carries. Trey Cox gained 49 yards on three carries for the Chiefs
Aynor's offensive highlight was a 12-play drive that included three first downs, began at the Aynor 30 and reached the Chiefs' 29. But it stalled there and the Blue Jackets turned the ball over on downs. Aynor's Vonte Kinlaw gained 22 yards on four carries and had an 11-yard catch.
Carolina Forest 7, Green Sea Floyds 6 | A late 85-yard drive by Carolina Forest overcame an explosive run by Green Sea Floyds senior running back Lasan Reaves that had given the Trojans the lead.
On a counter running play, Reaves raced 75 yards for a touchdown 7:14 into the game, starting at the right hash and outrunning Carolina Forest defenders down the left sideline. Reaves finished with 88 yards on seven carries, and Tevin Jenerette gained 19 yards on six carries for GSF.
The Class A Trojans threatened again against the AAAA Panthers after recovering a fumble on the Panthers' 32. They converted a pair of fourth downs on a short run and 15-yard personal foul but fumbled on the 15 with 5:40 to play.
Junior quarterback Daniel Daly hit Aaron Williams for a 27-yard pass on the first play of the Panthers' nine-play scoring drive, and Mark Timmons carried seven times for 57 yards on the drive, including a 3-yard scoring run. A Christopher Nwanegwo extra point with 2:19 left was the winning point. Timmons finished with 56 yards on nine carries.