Myrtle Beach Seahawks
2012 Record: 10-2
Offense: 35.9 ppg (7th in Zone Nation)
Defense: 18.66 ppg (8th)
A sophomore starting quarterback, a sophomore running back and a lot of unknowns at the skill positions. Myrtle Beach will throw these youngsters right in the fire with five straight games against 4A opponents. It's easy to call this the toughest schedule in the Zone Nation. If Myrtle Beach doesn't get off to a 5-0 or 4-1 start, there will be a lot of "What's wrong with the Seahawks?" kind of questions. But fear not, these games will make Myrtle more than prepared for region play. I was more than impressed with quarterback Drayton Arnold and the way he conducted himself in 7 on 7 drills. I think Malik Waring will be one of the leading receivers in the Zone Nation and I'm sure we'll be seeing plenty of highlights from Kelton Greene, Brandon Sinclair and other skill players. Myrtle Beach will lean heavily on Cordell Brown and Markyl Grissett to lead the defense. The Seahawks will be highly motivated coming into the region after not winning for the first time in seven years.
Two Seahawks are trying to make it in the NFL as undrafted free agents. It was great to see Spencer Benton on national TV booming kickoffs in the end zone for the Dallas Cowboys in the Hall of Fame game. Benton, a two time WPDE All-Zoner who had a great career at Clemson, also showed off his skills punting highlighted by a punt that was downed at the 3 yard line. 2007 Zoneman winner Bruce Taylor is in Cincinnati Bengals camp trying to make Marvin Lewis' linebacking corps.
Worth a Watch
I got a chance to see Drayton Arnold up close in 7 on 7 passing league. Click HERE to see how he's developed in the off-season and to see how Myrtle Beach is in good shape at the quarterback position for many years to come. When looking back at the 2012 season, Myrtle Beach had a couple of classic tilts, but none more impressive than their 33-27 come from behind win against Irmo in the opener. WATCH Highlights - MB 33 Irmo 27.
2012 Highlight Reels
Meet the 2013 Seahawks