4A Roundup: Chiefs remain unbeaten; Sharks shut out

nmbfoot-12socThe North Myrtle Beach High football team snapped a nine-year losing streak to intra-county rival Socastee on Friday night by blowing out the Braves 45-3 in their own backyard and remain undefeated on the season.

The No. 7-ranked Chiefs (5-0) got a strong effort from their defense, holding Socastee to only 117 total yards in the game while rolling up more than triple (355 yards) on the other side of the ball. Ronnie Bass threw for two touchdowns and ran for another to lead a strong offensive display for the Chiefs.

North Myrtle Beach also got a strong showing from its special teams as Andrew Smith booted a 47-yard field goal and nice returns set the table for Bass and his backfield. He hit Reece Finch for a 21-yard TD and Kered Class scored on a 2-yard run for a 17-0 halftime lead. The Braves managed only 29 total yards in the first half.

Following an opening field goal by Socastee’s Fernando Velez to spoil the shutout, Finch took the ensuing kickoff 89 yards to the house to swing the momentum back to the Chiefs. Bass completed a 22-yard TD pass to Tyler Gore and later ran in for a 4-yard score to build a 38-3 advantage. T.J. Gore sealed the deal with a long touchdown run for the Chiefs.

North Myrtle Beach returns to action next Friday at Camden. Socastee (1-3) travels down Highway 707 to face rival St. James.

* Georgetown 29, St. James 0: The Sharks were shut out for the second time in three weeks with a tough road loss to the Bulldogs.

Photo by Joel Beachum

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