HIGH SCHOOL FOOT­BALL

MYR­TLE BEACH SOARS TO FIRST STATE TI­TLE IN 5 YEARS

The State - - Sports - BY LOU BEZJAK lbez­[email protected]­tate.com

Luke Doty and Myr­tle Beach had a sec­ond half to re­mem­ber Fri­day at Wil­liams-Brice Sta­dium.

Play­ing in his fu­ture home, the South Carolina com­mit threw for 158 yards and had three to­tal touch­downs in the fi­nal two quar­ters of the 37-21 win over Greer in the Class 4A cham­pi­onship.

It was Myr­tle Beach’s first state ti­tle since 2014 and eighth in school his­tory.

Doty had his per­for­mance in front of many of Game­cock coaches who were there, in­clud­ing head coach Will Muschamp and Bobby Bent­ley and Eric Wol­ford.

“That is def­i­nitely the cul­ture we want to bring back to Carolina, and that is win­ning,” Doty said. “The crowd that was here, they got to see the guys who make me look good. This whole team, we wanted to put on a show for them.”

Doty fin­ished with 24of-35 pass­ing for 244 yards and two touch­downs and also ran for a score.

Greer did a good job of keep­ing Doty and Myr­tle Beach in check in the first half. The Sea­hawks had just 86 yards in the first two quar­ters but nearly eclipsed that mark in the 72-yard scor­ing drive to be­gin the third quar­ter, capped by Doty’s 4-yard run to put Myr­tle Beach up 17-14.

The Sea­hawks added a score on their next posses­sion on Jer­mani Green’s 14-yard run. Then, Doty hit Wy­att Roache on fourth down for a 23-yard TD to make it 31-14 with 1:00 left in the third quar­ter.

Greer cut it to 31-21 on Matthew Huff’s 66-yard TD pass to Jaleek Skin­ner, 36 sec­onds later.

But Myr­tle Beach an­swered with Doty’s 11yard TD pass to Roache to make it 37-21. The drive was helped by a Greer hold­ing call that negated a Doty in­ter­cep­tion. Roache led MB with eight catches for 97 yards.

“We had a lit­tle bit of ad­ver­sity in the first half and coach (Mickey) Wil­son told us to stay to­gether,” Doty said. “We just did a good job mak­ing some drives and mak­ing some plays. And our de­fense came through and made some plays to help us out.”

Myr­tle Beach’s de­fense picked off Huff to seal it late in the fourth quar­ter. The Sea­hawks had three in­ter­cep­tions in the game.

JOSH BELL [email protected]­sun­news.com

Myr­tle Beach High School cel­e­brates af­ter it de­feated Greer in the 4A state cham­pi­onship Fri­day af­ter­noon in Columbia.

GAVIN MCIN­TYRE gm­cin­[email protected]­tate.com

Myr­tle Beach's Luke Doty (9) cheers for his team dur­ing the state cham­pi­onship game against Greer at Wil­liams-Brice Sta­dium Fri­day in Columbia.

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