3A State Championship
Myrtle Beach 31 Chester 21
The Myrtle Beach Seahawks were back on the state title game stage for the first time since 1984 and went right to work against Chester in the 3A state championship game. Myrtle Beach got the ball first and got on the board 1:58 into the game when Daiquone Ford scored on a 21 yard pitch from Everett Golson. The sophomore quarterback made one miscue in Death Valley, throwing an interception on the following series that led to a Julius Pendergrass short TD run and a 7-7 game. Golson went right back to work with a fade pass to Demazio Skelton to make it a 14-7 game at the end of the first quarter. Chester tied the game at 14 on a Donald Lee 12 yard TD catch on 4th and 6. With under two minutes to go, Golson and Skelton hooked up once again, this time from 33 yards. Golson looked as if he was going to run with the ball, but shifted fields and calmly threw a missle into the back of the end zone that was hauled in by the senior Shrine Bowler. Myrtle Beach had a 21-14 lead at the half. Skelton played on both sides of the ball and had an interception early in the third quarter. The Seahawks built a 24-14 lead after Jamere Valentine hauled in a 44 yard catch setting up Jordan Butler's 34 yard field goal. In the 4th quarter, Golson threw his third TD pass of the night connecting with Steven Cobb on a four yard scoring play. Chester added a fourth quarter TD, but saw their second straight defeat in the state title game when Alex Holoman snagged an interception to seal the state title for Myrtle Beach.
2A State Championship
Dillon 7 Central 6
The Dillon Wildcats had a tough road to reach Clemson and the 2A state championship game. Road upsets at Silver Bluff and Timberland gave Jackie Hayes and his team the chance to pull off one more upset against 14-0 Central. The first quarter was scoreless, highlighted by a diving catch by Antwan Blue to the Central 35 in a drive that eventually stalled. In the second quarter, Dillon was pinned on their own 1 yard line. Following a Travis Murphy five yard run, the Dillon quarterback found Antwan Blue open and sprinted down the sideline for a 94 yard TD and a 7-0 Dillon lead. The Wildcats "Nasty Cats" defense was dominant in the first half. Anthony Smith's interception on a halfback option closed out the first stanza with Dillon leading 7-0. Central put together a six minute drive to start the second half. On 4th and 18, Lee Covington made a great grab in the end zone for a 26 yard scoring play and the Eagles from Pageland were on the board. But the extra point attempt was low and blocked at the line to keep Dillon in front 7-6. Dillon was able to get into Eagles territory on the following possession, but Murphy was just short on a 4th down attempt at the 13 yard line. The game came down to a final possession for Central with just over two minutes to go. The Eagles drove the ball into Dillon territory, but Antwan Blue was able to make the interception to seal the Wildcats first state championship since 1947.