Blocked PAT helps Chiefs preserve win over Lions

Michael GravesOne of the best installments in the storied North Myrtle Beach-Loris football rivalry came down to a blocked extra point as the Chiefs held on for a 27-26 victory over the host Lions on Friday night.

In a game that was tied three times, the Chiefs made sure there wasn’t a fourth when Chris Johnson blocked the potential-tying PAT with 5:30 remaining. North Myrtle Beach managed to use the clock on the legs of sophomore running back Kered Class, who scored three touchdowns and rushed for 138 yards, and the defense held the Lions on a pair of fourth downs to preserve the narrow victory.

Class scored his first TD to put the Chiefs up 7-0, but Loris stripped the ball twice and scored on TD returns of 66 and 75 yards for a 13-7 lead. North Myrtle Beach managed to tie it up at 13-all at halftime when quarterback Ronnie Bass hit Reece Finch for an 11-yard TD pass with only 41 seconds left before intermission.

The Chiefs finally got a little help from turnovers on their own when the defense recovered a fumble on the Loris 4 and Class did the honors on the next play for a 20-13 lead. The Lions leveled the score again on the first play of the fourth quarter to set the stage for an exciting finish.

The Chiefs leaned heavily on Class and he delivered with a 9-yard TD run with 9:30 left to give him the hat trick and his team a 27-20 edge. Loris responded with a TD drive of their own, but Johnson swatted down the tying PAT try and the Chiefs held on to improve to 1-1. They travel to West Brunswick next Friday.

Photo by Michael Graves/Digital Magic Photography

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