Athlete of the Week: NMB’s Montgomery eyes deep run

nmbfoot-24North Myrtle Beach senior running back Dequan Montgomery admits the Chiefs haven’t played their best in a roller coaster 5-4 season. But the Mammy’s Kitchen Athlete of the Week also knows that it’s how they play from here on out that will determine his team’s destiny.

“Coach (Blair) Hardin talked to us about teams that didn’t have the best (regular season) record but they fought hard and made a run for a state championship,” said Montgomery, whose Chiefs take on Myrtle Beach on Friday with hopes of making the Class 3A playoffs. “It’s really important that we start executing if we want to reach our goals.”

The Chiefs pulled an upset over archrival Myrtle Beach in this meeting last season so Montgomery knows they can do it again. He doesn’t mind the underdog role, and hopes it will give North Myrtle Beach extra incentive to win the game and secure a postseason bid.

“People really underestimated us last year against Myrtle Beach, and we showed that we are capable of beating anybody when we execute and cut out our mistakes. We’ve been working hard on cutting out the penalties and turnovers that have hurt us so bad this year. We just want to play our best game of the year.”

Montgomery has been a workhorse since moving from defense to offense during the season. Using his power running style to compliment running back Kered Class’ speed and quickness, the Chiefs’ thunder and lightning attack has amassed more than 1,700 combined yards and 16 touchdowns, eight apiece for Montgomery and Class.

“It helps us a lot because we can move Kered inside or outside, plus our quarterback (Ronnie Bass) can run or throw, and our offensive line is playing together,” said Montgomery, who is averaging more than 7 yards per carry. “Defense and special teams, we all just have to come together and play our best from here on out.”

True his powerful running style, Montgomery hopes to carry the football and the Chiefs as far as he can go.

Photo by Louis E. Keiner and Lesley M. Etherson

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