MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. − The potential for an electrifying game was there Friday night − complete with a carnival atmosphere, even an observation wheel not far from Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium.
Hartsville took a two-game winning streak onto the home field of third-ranked Myrtle Beach, and the stage was set for what was supposed to be a key, Region 6-4A meeting.
What the Red Foxes hoped would be a three-hour thrill ride turned out to be a nightmare: a 47-14 loss to the Seahawks.
Myrtle Beach scored 19 unanswered points in the second quarter and never looked back.
“Myrtle Beach played at a different speed tonight. They played exceptionally well, and we didn’t,” Red Foxes coach Jeff Calabrese said. “I don’t know why, but that was the difference. That was a hungry team that we played tonight, and they played at a different speed. They were impressive, and we didn’t match that. And we have to if we want to move forward.”
Myrtle Beach quarterback Ryan Burger accounted for 217 total yards in the first half. For the game, he passed for 228 yards and rushed for 45 more, along with two touchdowns. When Burger wasn’t completing 15 of 19 passes for 190 yards before halftime, receiver Adam Randall was rushing for 75 yards and a touchdown and catching a 5-yard toss. For the game, Randall finished with 165 total yards (90 receiving).
The Seahawks’ Malachi Washington finished with 151 yards and two touchdowns of his own.
Hartsville running backs J’Shawn Anderson and Carmello McDaniel finished with 73 and 33 yards, respectively, with a touchdown each.
“Their speed was from the opening kick,” Calabrese said. “(Seahawks coach Mickey Wilson) and them did a great job. Their kids were fired up and ready to play. I think it surprised us a little bit. I don’t know what we expected coming in, but maybe it surprised us a little bit. And we could never get any momentum swing. We could never get anything back, and we dug ourselves into a hole we couldn’t get out of.”
After Hartsville stuffed Myrtle Beach at the 1 on fourth-and-goal in the game’s first series, that only set the Seahawks up for their first score, taking over at the Hartsville 46 after a punt. Washington scored from the 5 to give the Seahawks a 7-0 lead.
Hartsville answered with a 65-yard drive. After Red Fox quarterback McKendrie Douglas converted on a third-and-1 run, Anderson later scored from the 11 to tie it.
Things came undone for Hartsville during that pivotal second quarter. On the quarter’s opening play, Randall scored on a 22-yard run that made it 14-7. Myrtle Beach then made it 20-7 with a Burger touchdown pass to Jake Doty that went over Hartsville defender Cam Hilton’s head.
After the point-after kick was missed, Hartsville fumbled the ensuing kickoff, and the Seahawks recovered it. A short time later, Burger reached the end zone to account for a 26-7 halftime score.
Things only got worse for Hartsville in the third quarter as the Seahawks took their first possession 61 yards and scored on a 1-yard run by Washington to make it 33-7.
Hartsville’s next game is Friday at Region 6-4A co-leader, South Florence, for the Bruins’ homecoming. Before taking his Red Foxes into another hostile atmosphere, Calabrese hopes his players can reflect upon the Myrtle Beach loss.
“If we’re going to be a playoff team and want to compete, we have to play at the same speed. We have to match the intensity, and we have to play that fast,” Calabrese said. “Now, they know. And I think with a young group of kids, sometimes they don’t know until they step on the field with somebody that was ready to go.
“(Myrtle Beach) was a playoff team that we played tonight,” he added. “What I hope they took from tonight is, ‘I have to work that hard; I have to practice that hard, and I’ve got to play that hard.”
H 7 0 0 7 − 14
MB 7 19 7 14 − 47
MB − Malachi Washington 5 run (Eleftherios Kontos kick), 6:35
H − J’Shawn Anderson 11 run (Jahleel Lewis kick), 1:44
MB − Adam Randall 22 run (Kontos kick), 11:54
MB − Jake Doty 35 pass from Ryan Burger (kick failed), 1:48
MB − Burger 10 run (kick failed), :53.3
MB − Washington 1 run (Kontos kick), 5:09
MB − Tyron Miles 11 run (Kontos kick), 8:58
MB − Miles 25 run (Kontos kick), 5:18
H − Carmello McDaniel 10 run (Lewis kick), 2:18
RUSHING − H: McKendrie Douglas 7-9, Carmello McDaniel 7-33, J’Shawn Anderson 15-73, Keon Hickson 1-(-1). MB: Washington 25-151, Randall 6-75, Burger 4-45, Josh Thomas 1-6, Kenny Brown 1-9, Latrell Griffin 1-4, Miles 2-36
PASSING − H: Douglas 8-17-0-97. MB: Burger 18-22-0-228
RECEIVING − H: Roddi Morris 1-(-1), Anderson 2-23, Jaylen Benjamin 3-30, Hickson 2-45. MB: Randall 9-90, Doty 4-76, Washington 4-47, Jon Simmons 1-15.