Chiefs punch playoff ticket in best season since 1982

The North Myrtle Beach football team clinched its first playoff berth since 2009 and improved to 8-1 for the first time since 1982 by shutting out St. James on Friday night at the Shark Tank.

North Myrtle Beach quarterback Kendrick Furness threw for a touchdown and rushed for another to lead the Chiefs (8-1 overall, 3-1 Region 7-3A) to a 33-0 win over the Sharks (2-7, 0-4) and a milestone for the recovering program.

Winless in 2010 and ’11 and carrying a 22-game losing skid into the 2012 season, the Chiefs are now a state title contender.

Tyrique Robinson got the scoring started on an 11-yard TD run on the Chiefs’ opening drive, and Christian Buis added the first of two field goals for an early 10-0 lead. The Sharks held the Chief from expanding their lead before halftime, but the second half was all NMB.

The Chiefs finished with 326 yards of total offense, including 123 passing and 80 rushing by Furness. The defense, anchored by Keyshawn Moore and LaQuinn Bellamy, held St. James to only 28 yards of total offense.

The Chiefs will host rival Myrtle Beach next week with second place in the region on the line.

Photo courtesy of Digital Magic Photo

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