I read with interest a story about the Conway-Myrtle Beach football game on Sept. 23 in our sister publication, the Horry Independent. I’ve also followed what’s being written in other publications, including discussion forum posts regarding an investigation stemming from that game.
In that story, it was reported that Conway quarterback Mykal Moody was kicked in the head. He suffered a concussion and left the game.
Since then, the matter has been sent to the S.C. High School League, which will review video from the game. Any decisions from the league, including any possible suspensions, will be decided once the league concludes its review. Until that review is complete, it would be premature to further state with certainty what happened in that specific incident.
I will say, however, that penalties are quite common in Myrtle Beach football games. At the Aug. 26 game between Myrtle Beach and Carolina Forest, an inordinate number of face masks, personal fouls and unsportstmenlike conduct flags were thrown. The bulk of them belonged to Myrtle Beach.
Myrtle Beach is an excellent football team that’s extremely well coached. The Seahawks have dominated Class AAA football the past four seasons.
This success, however, seems to have led to a growth in Seahawk swagger. Swagger can be healthy, but it can also be a catalyst for poor decision making. When more than a dozen yellow handkerchiefs are thrown because of late hits and trash talking, it hurts the team.
It should be worth noting that more needless 15-yard penalties were called in the Aug. 26 game between MB and Carolina Forest than in every other CFHS game that’s followed.
Since Aug. 26, the Panthers have outscored their opponents 199-22, and shut out their last three opponents. They accomplished this by playing fundamentally sound football, with very few personal fouls.
Myrtle Beach is a great team, but every dynasty has its ups and downs. A time will come with all of those 15-yard penalties will hurt the Seahawks more than they do today.