Fans attending the 30th anniversary of the CNB Kickoff Classic Aug. 16 were only able to enjoy the first two games before the skies opened up and officials canceled the last three scrimmages due to weather.
After the Green Sea Floyds-Socastee game, there was a 45-minute lightning delay after which a decision was made to not continue on the night. This is the third time since the 2013 version of the jamboree that games have been canceled in part due to weather.
Aynor, Carolina Forest, Waccamaw, North Myrtle Beach, Loris and Conway are the teams that weren’t able to compete.
St. James vs. Myrtle Beach
The Myrtle Beach Seahawks, fresh off of the 4A State Championship last season, picked up right where they left off and beat the St. James Sharks 21-0.
The Sharks took the opening possession and drove the ball 49 yards down the field but could not capitalize and turned the ball over around the Seahawks 25-yard line.
“If we don’t turn the ball over during the first series, I don’t know if we could have scored but still we were moving and controlling the ball until that turnover,” said St. James Head Coach Tommy Norwood.
In Myrtle Beach’s second possession on the night, Seahawks quarterback Luke Doty, a University of South Carolina commit, found running back Rayshad Feaster in the flat for a 24-yard touchdown catch making it 7-0.
Doty called his own number with 4:37 to go in the game with an 8-yard run which made it 14-0. With 1:37 to go, Doty threw a 21-yard pass to Myrtle Beach receiver Adam Randall putting the game away for good at 21-0.
St. James didn’t have a very good night on special teams with one punt only going 8 yards and another one blocked which gave Myrtle Beach great field position to make the game one-sided.
“We have worked too hard on punt situations for that fiasco to take place,” Sharks Head Coach Tommy Norwood said.
Norwood said the team had a bad scrimmage against West Brunswick at the beginning of the week but he has seen improvement since then.
“We were 100 times better than we were on Monday,” said Norwood. “On defense, we made a few mistakes that we didn’t need to make at all,” he said. “We didn’t tackle a couple of times in the secondary. Despite that today was a plus, we are going home feeling a lot better about ourselves.”
Socastee vs. Green Sea Floyds
The Green Sea Floyds Trojans, last season’s 1A State Champions, had no problem taking care of the Socastee Braves 28-0.
The Trojans capitalized on a turnover on the Braves first drive with a rushing touchdown by Green Sea quarterback Bubba Elliott quickly making it 7-0. Not even two minutes later, Elliott hit receiver Jaquan Dixon in stride for a 64-yard touchdown to go up 14-0.
Elliott threw one more touchdown to receiver Aaron Graham and Dixon added a long rushing touchdown of his own late in the game making it 28-0 as the rain started falling.
“I was very impressed with Green Sea,” Socastee Head Coach Marty Jacobs said. I thought our kids fought hard for most of it. We need some practice. We need some more work.”
“I’m glad that we will have a whole week of practice,” he said. “We haven’t had a full week of practice yet with the scrimmages and things. I was proud of the kids’ effort tonight.”