Kickoff Classic cut short by stormy weather

A pass is delivered to Aaron Graham of Green Sea Floyds High School in the scrimmage with Socastee in Brooks Stadium at Coastal Carolina University for the Conway National Bank Kickoff Classic on Friday. Green Sea Floyds won. Photo by Janet Morgan/janet.morgan@myhorrynews.com

Two blowouts, a lightning delay and ultimately three of the five games being washed out.

That’s the short answer about how the 30th anniversary for the CNB Kickoff Classic went down Friday at Coastal Carolina’s Brooks Stadium. It was the third time since the 2013 season that the event was cancelled at least in part due to weather.

The decision was made after a 45-minute delay that began just after 8 p.m. By that point, Myrtle Beach-St. James and Green Sea Floyds-Socastee had already completed their scrimmages as part of the 10-team event.

Aynor-Carolina Forest, Waccamaw-North Myrtle Beach and Loris-Conway were cancelled outright and will not be made up.

It ended a build-up of anticipation for the event, which included a high-profile luncheon at the Norman Field House on Tuesday, and an in-house increase in CNB participation. This year, 108 employees volunteered, some 15 or so more than a year ago when it was held at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium.

This was the first season the CNB was back at Coastal since 2007, when officials elected to begin alternating it between Doug Shaw and Conway. And in the coming days and weeks, officials from both the Kickoff Classic and CCU will meet to determine if it will be staying put on the college campus.

MYRTLE BEACH 21, ST. JAMES 0

Luke Doty passed for two touchdowns and rushed for another as Myrtle Beach took care of St. James in the opening game with a 21-0 victory.

The Seahawks coaching staff played it relatively safe with Doty, the South Carolina commit, not using him on any designed runs. Instead, he spread the ball around, targeting seven different receivers in the abbreviated session.

Key moment: St. James’ offense had a stout 6-minute drive that spanned 49 yards. However, the Sharks fumbled the ball away at the Seahawk 25. It was by far St. James’ most productive series of the five they had, and it was the only time they ended up in Myrtle Beach territory.

BMOC: St. James linebacker Jacob Morgan had a perfect form tackle that prevented the Seahawks from getting on the board earlier in the game when he stood up Feaster for a four-yard loss on a fourth-and-goal situation.

Quotable: “It’s important to get our young guys in front of a crowd a little bit. We’ve just got to get better. We’ve got a chance to be a really good football team defensively, but we’re still going through some growing pains.” - Myrtle Beach coach Mickey Wilson, on his team’s final preseason scrimmage.

Regular season openers: Myrtle Beach at Hanahan (Aug. 30); Loris at St. James (Aug. 23)

GREEN SEA FLOYDS 28, SOCASTEE 0

A year after Green Sea Floyds beat Socastee by 15 points in the Kickoff Classic, the Trojans made it look even easier this time around.

Coach Donnie Kiefer and the rest of the defending Class A state champs led the Braves by two scores five minutes into the scrimmage and went on to win 28-0. Quarterback Bubba Elliott threw for two touchdowns and ran for another in the game.

Key moment: The Trojans had a ton of highlights. 

BMOC: Jaquan Dixon was one of the biggest parts of last year’s championship team, and on Friday he again showed why. Dixon grabbed a long pass from Elliott and took it for 64 yards and the Trojans’ second score of the night. He then added another score on a long run.

Quotable: "We were able to throw the ball a little bit. Last year, we were a little bit one-dimensional. But I was pleased we were were able to throw it.” - Kiefer, after Elliott’s passing opened up the field some and led to some bigger plays.

Regular-season openers: Green Sea Floyds at West Columbus (Aug. 23); West Brunswick at Socastee (Aug. 23) 

CANCELED GAMES:
 
AYNOR-CAROLINA FOREST
 
Regular-season openers: Waccamaw at Aynor (Aug. 30); Carolina Forest at Lower Richland (Aug. 30)

WACCAMAW-NORTH MYRTLE BEACH

Regular-season openers: Carvers Bay at Waccamaw (Aug. 23); Conway at North Myrtle Beach (Aug. 23)

LORIS-CONWAY

Regular-season openers: Loris at St. James (Aug. 23); Conway at North Myrtle Beach (Aug. 23)

Contact Charles D. Perry at 843-488-7236

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