Athlete of the Week: Chiefs thrive on touches of Class

nmbfoot-KeredClassaowThe North Myrtle Beach High football team has been going to Class a lot this fall, and we’re not just talking about school attendance.

The Chiefs are also getting the ball into the hands of speedy sophomore running back Kered Class, and he is delivering beyond expectations. Class has already rushed for 251 yards on 34 carries – that’s more than 7 yards per carry – and four touchdowns in his first three games on the varsity level.

“Last year I played JV but my coaches worked with me in practice to get me ready for varsity,” said Class, who was voted the Mammy’s Kitchen Athlete of the Week. “The offensive line has been making gaps for me and the wide receivers are blocking for me downfield, so everyone has helped me make the transition.”

Speaking of transition, it has been Class’ ability to accelerate through those holes and break away in the open field that has given the Chiefs an added dimension to its usual ground-and-pound running attack. Class credits his track background for his speed, but make no doubt about it: Class isn’t a track athlete playing football, he’s a football player who also runs track.

“Last year I ran the 100, 200, 400, the high jump and the long jump,” Class said. “It helped me for football, but this season is a lot different. It’s mostly our attitude. We’re hungry and we have been working hard to get better because we want to be No. 1.”

The Chiefs got an early introduction to what it takes to be No. 1 when they were manhandled by state powerhouse Dillon in their opener. But since then North Myrtle Beach has won two in a row in impressive fashion, and Class has played a major role in the improvement. He ran for three TDs in a 27-26 win over Loris and broke loose for a 51-yarder last week against West Brunswick.

“Kered runs with passion and heart,” said North Myrtle Beach football radio play-by-play man Tyler Watkins. “This kid has really come on strong for the Chiefs after a stellar JV career. Kered can best be described on the field as slippery.”

Class hopes to slip through more tackles Friday when North Myrtle Beach travels to Carolina Forest for a game against a Class 4A foe. But the only Class the Chiefs are focused on is getting the ball to No. 4.

“We’ve heard Carolina Forest has been working hard to turn it around, but we have too,” Class said. “We just want to keep getting better and leave it all out there on the field. I feel like we have a good chance.”

Especially when Class is in session.

Photo by Michael Graves/Digital Magic Photo

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