Not since Tom Sawyer painted Becky Thatcher’s white picket fence had there been a whitewashing this bad.
The Berkeley Stags’ hopeful football season ended on a sour note. The team lost 35-0 to Region 7-AAA’s second seeded Myrtle Beach in the opening round of the Class AAA playoffs.
The Stags couldn’t score.
They couldn’t move the football, mired in that quagmire called their own territory.
For the Seahawks, the win advances Myrtle Beach to next week’s game at Crestwood, one of the Lower State’s top seeds.
The standard for the Stags this season, when they won, they won big, and when they lost, they lost equally as big, tallying just 130 yards of offense, 73 yards on the ground and 57 yards upstairs through the air.
Throw in a blocked punt, one of Berkeley’s chronic woes for much of the 2013 season, and you have a total team effort loss to stew on as the team heads back to the weight room and blackboard to prepare for the 2014 season.
As for the highlights, there weren’t many for BHS.
For the Seahawks, a six-yard run by Brandon Sinclair opened the scoring in the first quarter. Add to that, the blocked punt return by Hunter Starbeck made the score 14-0 after the game’s opening 12 minutes.
In the second quarter the Seahawks scored three times. Sinclair found pay dirt again, this time from a yard out.
Later, quarterback Drayton Arnold found receiver Graham Vaughn for a 51-yard touchdown strike, and then hit Jaden Grayer with a 19-yard toss.
At the half, the Stags were down 35-0 and the ball game was over.
Myrtle Beach (7-4) will face Crestwood (9-2) on Friday.
For Berkley (5-6) it’s wait until next year.