The Myrtle Beach football team could be facing Hanahan on Friday in the second round of the playoffs without two of its biggest offensive weapons.
Senior receiver Kelton Greene will be serving a mandatory one-game suspension after being ejected last week. Probably more importantly, it appears quarterback Drayton Arnold could be out as well.
Coach Mickey Wilson said Arnold, who left last week’s win over Gilbert in the second quarter, is “questionable” with a right thumb injury.
When pressed for more details on his junior starter Monday after practice, Wilson only offered the same information two more times. Should Arnold miss the game, however, there is a clear backup plan in place.
Jake Deskins, who started one game in 2013 before shifting to a backup tight end role, will resume the duties he took on when Arnold went down last week.
“We feel good about Jake,” Wilson said. “He’s a senior. He’s been in our program for four years. He’s been an outstanding quarterback for us, and he’s a good athlete, too.
“We’re going to go out and do what we do. If Jake has to play for us, he’s going to have a full playbook.”
Unofficially, Deskins was 7-of-7 for 111 yards and two touchdowns in the win over Gilbert. His play allowed the Seahawks to pull away from the Indians in a 69-28 rout.
In his other career start, he was 10-of-17 for 147 yards, a touchdown and an interception in the loss to Carolina Forest last season.
As far as Arnold, it would undoubtedly still be a huge blow if he doesn’t play. So far this season, he has thrown for just shy of 3,000 yards while putting up 37 touchdown passes – including four before getting injured in the playoff opener. He also threw for 2,415 yards and 30 touchdowns as a junior, when his strong play in the postseason led the Seahawks to their seventh overall state title.
Arnold has college offers from Ohio and Akron, and he’s starting to receive interest from at least two power-five programs (Clemson and Duke).
During Monday’s practice, Arnold’s right hand and thumb were in a hard cast, and he was not in pads. How much of that indicates a serious injury versus a possible precaution was not clear.
Wilson has a history of withholding injury information. Two games into Everett Golson’s eventual eight-game absence due to hand and foot problems in 2010, Wilson listed Golson as questionable. He then said the same thing about tailback Brandon Sinclair prior to last year’s regular-season finale against North Myrtle Beach.
Sinclair did not play in that game.
Wilson did not make Arnold available for comment Monday.
In regards to Greene, Wilson said he would not file an appeal to the South Carolina High School League following the player’s ejection. Greene is a three-way standout. As a receiver, he has nearly 500 yards. Defensively, he has piled up more than 50 tackles to go along with an interception and forced fumble. Greene also serves as one of the team’s top return men on special teams.