Chiefs ride defense to big road win over Timberland

It’s not often a team commits six turnovers and wins. It helps when that team’s defense only gives up the same number of points.

North Myrtle Beach used that unusual but effective formula to defeat host Timberland 14-6, using a strong defensive effort to overcome a shaky offense in the No. 4-ranked Chiefs season opener.

The Chiefs repeatedly shot themselves in the foot with five fumbles, forcing them to settle for a scoreless tie at halftime. North Myrtle Beach finally got on the scoreboard in the third through the air on a 5-yard touchdown pass from Cason McClendon to Tyler Gore.

After the Chiefs forced a turnover of their own, Gore scored his second TD, this time on the ground, to give the Chiefs a 14-0 lead in the fourth. The No. 7-ranked (Class 3A) Wolves finally converted a fumble into a late score but they could get no closer.

North Myrtle Beach stays on the road next week with a trip to rival Loris.

Photo by Louis E. Keiner

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