Not all that long ago, Kyle Belack played a hand in torching Myrtle Beach’s defense.
Now, the former Carolina Forest receiver has become a Seahawk.
Belack, who led the Grand Strand in receiving yards and touchdowns in 2013, has transferred to Myrtle Beach. According to Seahawk coach Mickey Wilson, Belack’s family is in the process of making the short move into the Myrtle Beach High attendance lines and should be eligible as this fall barring a completion fo the move.
“We know Kyle’s a good player,” Wilson said. “He had a great game against us. … We’re excited about getting a kid with his talent.”
Wilson has already seen Belack’s abilities first-hand.
Back on Sept. 20, the junior put up 13 receptions for 173 yards and three touchdowns against Myrtle Beach in the Panthers’ 41-35 victory. From there, the two teams had dramatically different seasons.
The Seahawks went on to the Class AAA championship and brought home their third state title trophy in six years. Carolina Forest lost its remaining six games, and coach Drew Hummel resigned after a 47-12 defeat at Conway.
Belack, though, was one of the team’s lone bright spots. The 6-foot, 180-pound receiver was an All-Region VI-AAAA selection for Carolina Forest. He had 1,067 yards, besting the previous school record by more than 200 yards, and added 15 touchdowns. He also had an impressive 17.5 yards per reception.
At Myrtle Beach, Belack will be joining a loaded group of returning players. Quarterback Drayton Arnold (2,423 yards, 31 touchdowns) and running back Brandon Sinclair (1,919 yards, 18 touchdowns) will be juniors this fall. Receiver Kelton Greene (932 yards, eight touchdowns), who also doubles as one of the area’s best defensive backs and return men, will be a senior.
Add in guys like Malik Waring and C.J. Finkley, and Myrtle Beach’s offense was already one to watch.
“With our offense, we want five guys who can catch the ball and make stuff happen, whether it be our three receivers, our tight end or our running back,” Wilson said. “Any time you have a chance to add a weapon like that, it makes you better.”
Belack is just the latest of a handful of noteworthy Carolina Forest players who have transferred to Myrtle Beach. Two of the most recent ones have gone on to successful careers with their new school.
Quarterback Tyler Keane split time as a junior before becoming the full-time starter in 2012. At one point, he had tied the state record for touchdown passes in a single game with eight, although that record has since been re-set. Former Panther running back Dajour Wilson also headed to Myrtle Beach. He was primarily a defensive starter, although he also stepped in on offense and had a big game in the regular-season finale against North Myrtle Beach this past fall.
The victory turned out to be crucial in terms of the Seahawks’ postseason seeding and match-ups.
As far as Carolina Forest, the Panthers will have to move on without their top receiver. However, the Carolina Forest offense will not be devoid of talent.
Quarterback Will Brunson (2,967 yards, 28 touchdowns) was the area’s leader in two passing categories. Then-junior Zavier Jones (1,042 yards, 11 touchdowns) was second to only Belack in receiving yards.
The team’s issue, however, was rarely offense during Hummel’s tenure. In 2013, the Panthers gave up 50.8 points per game, more than any other in South Carolina team regardless of classification.