Chiefs use stingy defense, big runs to shut out Lions

If defense truly wins championships, the North Myrtle Beach football team could have some rings in its future.

The No. 4 Chiefs (2-0) shut out host Loris 30-0 at Heniford Field on Friday night, bringing their grand total of points allowed this season to six. Unlike last week’s 14-6 season-opening victory over Timberland, the NMB defense also got some support from its offensive counterparts against the Lions.

“If we continue to play defense like that,” said first-year head coach Matt Reel, “we’ve got a chance to be in every game through a championship.”

Following a short touchdown toss from quarterback Cason McClendon to Naseem Harrison for an early 7-0 advantage, the Chiefs turned it over to their defense to let the lead hold up. The defense held Loris on a fourth down from the NMB 6, and running back Kered Class took it 94 yards on the next play to make it 14-0.

McClendon and Harrison hooked up again for a 21-0 halftime lead, and Zyon Belle broke loose for an 81-yard TD run to give the Chiefs a pair of 100-yard rushers. Zane Smith kicked a fourth quarter field goal and the defense did the rest to preserve the shutout this time after seeing one slip away late last week against Timberland.

North Myrtle Beach more than doubled the Lions in total yards, racking up more than 400 yards while limiting Loris to only 200.

The Chiefs play the third of three straight road games to open the season next week when they travel to state border rival West Brunswick (NC).

Photo by Louis Keiner

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