Chiefs survive Bear scare with fourth-quarter surge

The North Myrtle Beach High football team scored the final three touchdowns of the game to knock off a tough challenge from Carvers Bay on Friday night in the Chiefs’ 40-21 home opening victory.

The Chiefs (4-0, ranked No. 3 in Class 4A) scored their second win of the week after defeating West Brunswick (NC) on Monday, and the fatigue seemed to show for three quarters, when the Bears (3-1, No. 4 in Class 2A) scored the go-ahead touchdown for a 21-20 lead.

But North Myrtle Beach quarterback Cason McClendon fought his way in for the lead-taking touchdown, and Kered Class rushed for his second and third scores of the game to put the finishing touches on the hard-fought victory.

North Myrtle Beach’s McClendon connected with Tyler Gore for a pair of first-half TD passes and Class got his first TD run. But the Bears used a pair of 90-plus yard TD drives to take some of the wind out of the Chiefs’ sails and briefly take the lead on Toronto King’s TD run.

But the fourth quarter belonged the Chiefs, who turned up the heat and took control of the contest. McClendon’s rushing touchdown put the Chiefs up 26-21 after the 2-point attempt was no good, and Class padded the lead on a pair of late TD runs to help the Chiefs stay undefeated. They host also unbeaten Socastee next week.

Photo by Sona McIntyre

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