It was a battle of halfbacks on Friday night.
After Myrtle Beach’s Brandon Sinclair scored four touchdowns to put the Seahawks ahead, it was St. James’ Alan Crum who brought the Sharks back.
Crum scored his third touchdown of the night in the fourth quarter to bring St. James within one score, but it was little too late as Myrtle Beach wrapped up a 38-31 victory to remain undefeated.
“Alan is Alan. He plays so hard and just gives great effort; it doesn’t matter if it’s practice, the classroom or out here, he gives great effort,” Sharks coach Robby Brown said. “The offensive line did a good job to help him out there. But he’s wide open all the time. He’s a great kid; he gives a great effort.”
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Sinclair’s fourth touchdown of the night gave the Seahawks a 38-10 advantage, but after that it was all St. James.
Crum scored his second touchdown with 2:40 left in the third quarter to cut the Sharks’ deficit to three scores.
In the fourth quarter, Steven Deible caught a 20-yard touchdown pass from St. James quarterback Zach Werba with a little over eight minutes left to cut the Sharks deficit to one score, and then Crum scored his third to bring them within one, but with just over a minute left the Sharks were unable to get the ball back as the Seahawks wrapped things up.
St. James has now lost four of its last five games.
“We got some momentum in the second half and got back for a little bit. I’m proud of our kids for coming out and fighting and playing hard,” Brown said. “The kids gave a great effort. They have the last three weeks and they’ve come short every time. [Tonight] we got behind and turned it over and made some mistakes and it’s kind of hard when that happens. Myrtle Beach did a good job and made some big plays.”
While Sinclair did much of the scoring for Myrtle Beach, quarterback Drayton Arnold looked composed for much of the night as he passed for over 200 yards and one touchdown.
Myrtle Beach sophomore Keyonte Sessions had an interception and also caught one pass for 15 yards while making a few big plays on kick returns.
“Myrtle Beach does a great job and they have some great athletes,” Brown said. “[Arnold] made some great throws and [Sinclair] is fierce. They have some good athletes and they did a great job.”
Coming into Friday, Myrtle Beach was by itself atop the Region VII-AAA standings; St. James was alone at the bottom.
Both are still in the same position as the Seahawks moved to 3-0 in the region and the Sharks fell to 0-3 in the standings.
Georgetown will host Myrtle Beach next Friday for a key region match-up at 7:30 p.m.
Meanwhile, the Sharks will travel to North Myrtle Beach to take on the Chiefs at 7:30 p.m.
“We’re going to do what I told them in the locker room, ‘Just do what you’ve been doing the past several weeks and you’re in the game, hopefully it’s going to flip at some time,’” Brown said. “But we’re going to keep giving the same effort.”