Chiefs defense shuts down Panthers late for comeback

nmbfoot-defensecfThe North Myrtle Beach High football team erased a two-touchdown deficit to rally to a 36-28 comeback victory over host Carolina Forest on Friday night, the third straight win for the Chiefs.

The North Myrtle Beach defense shut out the Panthers in the second half and made several game-changing plays to spark the rally. Carolina Forest’s final four possessions ended in two turnovers and two fourth-down stops to set the table for the Chiefs to make a run.

North Myrtle Beach jumped out to a 7-0 lead on a 68-yard TD strike to Tyler Gore from Ronnie Bass, who ran for two TDs and threw for two more to lead the Chiefs on offense. But the Panthers responded with three unanswered TDs – two on TD runs by Matt Beale and another by Dyverse Simmons for a quick 21-7 edge.

North Myrtle Beach’s Dequan Montgomery, who had 12 carries for 132 yards, plowed in for a 19-yard TD run to cut the deficit in half, but the Panthers ran a perfect 2-minute drill and Simmons’ second TD made it 28-14 at the half. It was the last time Carolina Forest would find the end zone.

Bass connected on a 7-yard score to Merrill Moss to cut into the lead, then he made a two big plays with his feet near the goalline at the end of the third quarter to make things interesting. He ran back-to-back quarterback sneaks – the first on fourth down to move the chains and the second into paydirt, but the tying PAT was no good and the Chiefs trailed 28-27.

The Panthers drove deep into Chiefs territory but turned the ball over on downs, and North Myrtle Beach went on a 94-yard clock-chewing drive that was capped by Bass’ go-ahead TD run for a 33-28 lead. The Chiefs held the Panthers on downs again and tried to run out the clock before settling for an Andrew Smith field goal with 24 seconds left. Beale was sacked and fumbled on the final play to secure the win.

The Chiefs welcome Socastee next week, while Carolina Forest (2-2) travels to Myrtle Beach.

Photo by Prep Stars Media

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