Chiefs start strong but see losing streak stretch to 20

What looked like it might be “The Night” turned out to be another disappointing fall Friday for the North Myrtle Beach football team.

The Chiefs led 10-0 at halftime and appeared ready to snap their 19-game winless streak.

Instead, visiting Wilson scored four unanswered touchdowns in the second half and cruised to a 27-10 victory over the Chiefs (0-8, 0-3 Region VIIII-AAA).

“The last two weeks our kids have come out and played with a lot of fire,” said North Myrtle Beach coach Perry Woolbright. “They came out playing well … (and) in the second half the kids came out fired up, but it just didn’t happen.”

The Chiefs drove deep into Tigers’ territory early in the game but had to settle for a 24-yard field goal by Christian Buis. The Chiefs did use the momentum to keep up the heat, however, and Lawrence “Coon Dog” Lane dived into the end zone from 1-yard out to make it 10-0 Chiefs.

In an effort to keep the pressure on Wilson, North Myrtle Beach tried on onside kick to open the second half but the Tigers recovered near midfield. After a three-and-out, Wilson used a 63-yard punt to pin the Chiefs deep inside their own 5, and the game was never the same.

“It seemed like that punt really changed the momentum of the game,” Woolbright said. “We just didn’t have the same intensity up front after that.”

Wilson took advantage of the short field and scored their first points on a 18-yard TD pass to Braxton Ivory and a subsequent North Myrtle Beach turnover set up Ivory for a 53-yard TD pass for a 14-10 lead.

The turn of events opened the floodgates for the Tigers, who scored two more fourth-quarter TDs on runs of 3 and 55 yards while the Chiefs’ offense failed to threaten the rest of the way.

North Myrtle Beach will try to snap its 20-game winning streak next week at St. James.

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