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Seahawks to be honored at HSSR all-state banquet

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Myrtle Beach – To the victors go the spoils and the Class AAAA state champion Myrtle Beach High football team continues to rake in the postseason honors and awards.

Myrtle Beach captured the eighth state title in school history with a 37-21 win over Greer in December, finishing the season with just one loss. The Seahawks were stellar on both sides of the ball, averaging 41.1 points per game while yielding just 15.1 points per game.

 The High School Sports Report recently announced their all-state teams in all fall sports ahead of their annual fall sports all-state awards banquet. The non-football awards banquet will be held on February 10 at 1 p.m. at the Seawell’s Restaurant in Columbia. The all-state football awards banquet will be held at 4 p.m. on the same day.

Seven football players, as well as head coach Mickey Wilson, will be recognized for their performances during the championship season. Wilson will receive the award for Class AAA Coach of the Year.

Junior quarterback Luke Doty is the 2018 Class AAAA Player of the Year. The University of South Carolina commitment threw for 3,037 yards and 36 touchdowns while rushing for 701 yards and seven scores. He threw three touchdown passes and rushed for one in the state championship victory.

Doty’s top two receivers were named all-state in Class AAAA. Marcus Grissett caught 70 passes for 951 yards and 11 touchdowns. Da’ron Finkley grabbed 50 passes for 847 yards and 15 touchdowns.

The anchor of Myrtle Beach’s offensive line for the last three years was Evan Jumper, who also was named to the AAAA all-state team. Jumper, a Furman signee, also played in the Shrine Bowl all-star game.

From the defense, outside linebacker Salim Sessions was named the 2018 AAAA Defensive Player of the Year. Sessions finished the season with 107 tackles, 16 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks.

End JB Favorite was selected all-state after totaling 62 tackles, including 27 tackles for loss and 14.5 sacks. He played in the North-South all-star game.

Linebacker Michael Brown was named AAAA all-state after leading the Seahawks in total tackles with 112.

Two other fall sports athletes were named all-state in their respective sports. Gracie Davis was named all-state in volleyball after leading her team to the AAAA Lower State finals.

In swimming, Ian Morgan earned all-state honors. Morgan participated in the Class AAAA state championships, winning gold in the 500-yard freestyle and taking silver in the 200-yard individual medley.

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