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Myrtle Beach rebuilding the defense in 2017

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Myrtle Beach – The Myrtle Beach High football team won nine games last season, led by a veteran defense that was able, more often than not, to stymie opposing offenses.

Most of that solid unit graduated last May, leaving head coach Mickey Wilson with some work to do in terms of rebuilding the defense. The Seahawks enter 2017 with only a few players that saw significant action as starters last fall.

That inexperience showed during the preseason and was apparent in Myrtle Beach’s season-opening 51-0 loss to Byrnes. The unit allowed several big scoring plays and was unable to step up after the offense turned the ball over several times.

While disappointed with the way his team played in the opener, Wilson remained optimistic.

“I still really, really like this football team,” he said. “I think we have a chance to be a good football team, but we’ve got a long way to go.”

The hope is that a more veteran unit offense can score enough points to offset the lack of experience on defense but turnovers can’t happen.

The Seahawks are solid with experience at the skill positions but are a work in progress along the offensive line. Senior Lawson Cribb is back as the starting quarterback. Cribb passed for more than 2,300 yards and 19 touchdowns last season.

Jermani Green, a junior, will be the featured back in the running game. He was the team’s leading rusher last season with 523 yards. Heading up the receiving corps are juniors Daron Finkley (46 rceptions, 606 yards) and Marcus Grissett (18-266). Junior Wyatt Roach and sophomore Luke Doty will contribute in the passing game as well. Doty also is the backup quarterback.

Along the offensive line are projected starters Evan Jumper and Travis Polson at tackle, Max Graham and Colby Williams at guard, and Jack Martini at center. Graham is the lone senior among the group while he and Jumper are the only returning starters.

Two defensive linemen with starting experience are senior end Daniel Mitchell and junior end Will Walton. Working inside are juniors Chris Brown and Quamil Spells.

Expected to start at linebacker are junior Salem Sessions and sophomore Shedrick Pointer. Senior Jayce Allen is a returning starter in the secondary, along with Green. Others getting early time include sophomore Xayvion Knox, and seniors Marquez Gillespie and Trey Favorite.

Sophomore Chad Toone will handle the placekicking duties.

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