Myrtle Beach's swarming defense made the key plays in the second half - an interception and back-to-back sacks - to take a 27-23 Class AAA state championship over South Pointe on Saturday at Williams-Brice Stadium
The Stallions were seeking their second title in three years. They won in 2008 in Class AAAA against Northwestern and lost in the semifinals last year. South Pointe ended the season at 13-2, its other loss to Northwestern, which won the Class AAAA Division II State Championship on Friday. Myrtle Beach finished 14-1. Its only loss at the hands of state champion Byrnes.
South Pointe held a 16-7 halftime lead but could not contain Myrtle Beach quarterback Everett Golson in the second half. South Pointe fumbled with 7 minutes remaining in the game while leading, 23-21. The Seahawks recovered at the Stallions 24-yard line. Three plays later, Myrtle Beach scored the go-ahead touchdown.
South Pointe had several chances in the final minutes, but an interception killed one drive. With less than 3 minutes remaining, penalties and the Stallions' defense had pushed the Seahawks to their 8-yard line.
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A punt gave the Stallions the ball with 2:46 remaining. Two runs - the Stallions' strength for the season - resulted in a 2-yard loss. South Pointe was forced to pass; quarterback Devin Pearson was sacked twice.