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Gesture of sportsmanship defines SC high school football playoff game

Chip Mullen shakes hands during the opening coin flip (Source: WMBF) Chip Mullen shakes hands during the opening coin flip (Source: WMBF)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Sports are defined by moments. On Friday, something very special happened in a South Carolina high school football playoff game, but it wasn't a game-winning play or a standout performance, it was a gesture of pure sportsmanship.

The Myrtle Beach Seahawks were leading Hilton Head 64-10 late in the fourth quarter with just a few seconds on the clock. On Hilton Head's roster is a young man with Down's Syndrome by the name of Chip Mullen.

With the game well in hand, Myrtle Beach Head Coach Mickey Wilson gave a signal to the Hilton Head sideline that it was time to allow Chip the chance to score. Mullen ran 75 yards for a touchdown as time expired. As Mullen reached the end zone, his own team and the Seahawks met him there in celebration.

Myrtle Beach was nationally ranked as they began regional play this season, but the defining moment of their season might just be how they gave Chip the chance to do something that he, and football fans all over the state, will remember forever.

Myrtle Beach hosts Airport Friday night in the next round of the playoffs. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

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