Football: Conway, NMB see seasons end in third round

confoot-13runFootball finally came to a end on the Grand Strand in Friday’s third round of SCHSL playoffs as both remaining team suffered season-ending road defeats.

Conway saw its season close in a 42-13 loss to Fort Dorchester in the Class 5A Lower State semifinals, while North Myrtle Beach came out on the short end of a 38-7 defeat to host Chapin. Both teams saw their five-game winning streaks snapped in games that weren’t particularly close after halftime.

Conway had the best shot after trailing just 14-7 early in the third quarter. The Patriots scored on a D’Angelo Knight fumble recovery return for a TD and took 14-0 halftime lead. But the Tigers opened the second half with a scoring drive that was capped by Peyton Derrick’s TD toss to Juwon Moody to cut the deficit in half at 14-7, but the Pats answered with four unanswered touchdowns to put the game away. Derrick and Moody connected again late for Conway’s only other score.

North Myrtle Beach was overwhelmed by the Eagles from the start as Cooper Bemis scored on a 6-yard TD run on the first series, then Xzavion Gordon caught the first of his two TD passes on a 45-yard toss from Kale Rhame. The Chiefs cut the deficit in half on Cason McClendon’s TD pass to Cullen Mitchell. But it was all the offense the Chiefs could muster on the Chapin defense.

North Myrtle Beach ends the year with a school-record 11-2 mark and matched the program’s deepest playoff run to the third round. Conway earned its first playoff win since 2008 and went deeper the postseason since any squad since 2003.

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