Chiefs use defense, special teams to knock off Sharks

nmbfoot-13diveThe North Myrtle Beach Chiefs finally found an answer to their offensive woes in Friday night’s 27-13 victory over visiting St. James. It’s called defense and special teams.

The Chiefs (3-6 overall, 2-2 Region 7-3A) scored their first 20 points on defense and special teams, including a pair of pick-sixes by the North Myrtle Beach secondary.

Trailing 7-6 just seconds before halftime, Keyshawn Moore picked off a Zack Werba pass and rumbled 81 yards for a go-ahead touchdown. Tied 13-all in the fourth quarter, Treshon Cox intercepted a pass and it took it 26 yards to the house for the game-winning TD. Colby Gore later caught a 77-yard touchdown pass from for the Chiefs’ lone offensive score.

After St. James jumped out to an early 7-0 lead on Alan Crum’s 57-yard TD run, North Myrtle Beach placekicker Christian Buis booted field goals of 45 and 26 yards to cut the deficit to 1. The Sharks were trying to get on the board before halftime when Gore made his key interception and stole the momentum away from the Sharks at intermission.

The defensive battle continued in the second half until another interception tilted the tide in the Chiefs’ favor. Cox caught the ball in stride and rolled 26 yards for the pick-six. Gore and Austin Griffin also picked off passes to give the Chiefs four on the night.

The victory opened the door for a playoff berth by the Chiefs, who face No. 1-ranked rival Myrtle Beach next week at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium. The Sharks close out the season at home against Lake City.

Photo by Louis E. Keiner and Lesley M. Etherson

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