High School Football

Myrtle Beach air attack too much for Socastee

The rest of Region VIII-AAA is obviously not up for this.

Just two games into meaningful half of the season, Myrtle Beach dismantled yet another opponent, beating Socastee 62-7 Friday night at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium.

And one week after beating Wilson 42-0, it appears that the Seahawks are on their way to another region title.

The Seahawks already have other things on their minds.

"We know that we gotta go out and get (through this) stretch, get ready for playoffs," Myrtle Beach running back Daiquone Ford said. "We have to come out every week and play harder and harder, that way when we get to the playoffs, we're peaking and we're ready to play with our opponent."

Even a couple of snafus - the Seahawks had three fumbles for turnovers and 73 yards in penalties - wasn't going to stop coach Mickey Wilson's team against Socastee.

Myrtle Beach (6-1 overall, 2-0 Region VIII-AAA) did it through the air - with quarterback Mitch Campbell throwing for 246 yards - and on the ground. The Seahawks piled up 641 yards of total offense.

It was evident early and often, when Myrtle Beach scored 34 first-half points on only 19 plays from scrimmage. The Braves owned in time of possession, but that was about Socastee's only bragging right Friday.

Even the normally strong running game of the Braves was outdone. With 29 first-half carries, Socastee tallied 107 yards. Yet Myrtle Beach's Ford nearly smashed that with four carries before the half.

Ford finished the game with 163 yards on the ground, another 96 receiving, and he upstaged a Socastee team that is built around running the football.

His yardage included a 99-yard score in which he broke two tackles and then quickly distanced himself from every other Braves defender.

"They had three down linemen, so I knew that the running game was going to be open more," Ford said. "The linebackers were playing back, so I knew once I got the ball, that the cut back and the seam was going to be there."

By the time he scored his second touchdown of the game just 2 minutes into the third quarter, the game was essentially over. Vincent Hoover (170 rushing yards in a back-up role) and C.J. Cooper (35 yards passing, 31 rushing) took over for the rest of the second half.

Campbell lit up Socastee (2-5, 1-1) for 209 passing yards in the first half alone. He connected for four touchdown passes to three different receivers before halftime, and added a fifth touchdown early in the third quarter.

Basically, the Braves had too few options to keep up with all of the Seahawks' receivers.

Jerrod Jackson, Dallas Goodman (two) and Alex Holloman all caught touchdowns from Campbell early, helping coach Wilson's team build a 34-7 lead at half.

Had Myrtle Beach not fumbled twice in the first half, including once inside the Braves' 1-yard line, the score would have been even more lopsided.

"Each game, each week, we have to get better," Wilson said. "We were sloppy at times. Penalties, we've got to cut the penalties out. There's always room for improvement, no matter what's going on."