High School Football

Bell stays at Beach: Myrtle Beach tops Conway

Myrtle Beach didn't need any last-minute touchdowns this time.

After consecutive weeks in which backup quarterback Mitch Campbell tossed late scores to push his team to victory, the Seahawks handled business from the get-go Friday against Conway, eventually winning the Victory Bell series 29-19 at Doug Shaw Stadium.

Daiquone Ford ran for 96 yards, and Campbell finished just shy of 200 yards passing in place of injured starter Everett Golson.

"You can't complain about the job he's done," Seahawks coach Mickey Wilson said. "He's worked his tail off, and for him to have this opportunity has been great. He's really responded well. I think he's had a couple interceptions here and there, but I think that comes from lack of experience."

Three Campbell touchdown passes gave Myrtle Beach a large lead heading into the final quarter Friday. And while Conway dissolved some of it, it was simply too much to prevent the Seahawks (4-1) from winning an unprecedented fourth consecutive Victory Bell Trophy.

Conway (3-3) made it apparent early that it was going to run the ball. The strategy worked to an extent, taking plenty of time off the clock and keeping Myrtle Beach's offense off the field.

But the Seahawks' offense was too strong even for that approach, especially considering that Conway would manage just 30 yards on the ground before halftime.

Myrtle Beach scored a touchdown on its first offensive set of the game when Campbell connected with tight end Alex Holloman for a 21-yard touchdown pass. Campbell added another scoring strike in the second quarter, this time a 16-yarder to Dallas Goodman, helping the Seahawks to a 16-0 lead.

Considering Conway never established its passing game in the opening half, that lead was going to be difficult to overcome. Some of it was dissolved when Domnique Chatman returned a Campbell interception 26 yards for a touchdown.

Conway quarterback Robert Nelson added a pair of passing touchdowns, but Myrtle Beach never let the Tigers within arm's reach.

Golson, who injured his left foot and left hand in a loss to Byrnes earlier in the season, was held out yet again. He was on the field with the team, but he was wearing a walking cast on his left leg and a hard cast on his left hand.

Golson will have another five days of rest before Myrtle Beach plays Wilson on Thursday night, but even that may not be enough.

His absence Friday, though, left Campbell starting his third consecutive game, and he put up solid numbers. He finished the game 21-of-30 for 193 yards in what could be his final start for Myrtle Beach.

Should this be his last start, he will retire with a 3-0 record. But he's not counting any of his numbers just yet.

"Me and Everett, we're real tight," Campbell said. "We're going to support each other whatever the coaches decide. If he plays, then that's great for him. If I play, I'm just going to keep doing my thing."

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