Lions roar past rival Chiefs with second-half explosion

The momentum the North Myrtle Beach football team gained from snapping its 22-game losing streak didn’t last long. In fact, for just about a half.

The Chiefs (1-1) jumped out to an early lead over rival Loris in Saturday’s rain-delayed installment of the neighborhood rivalry. But the Lions (2-0) scored 26 unanswered points in the second half for a 26-6 victory over the host Chiefs, who committed six turnovers after the intermission.

North Myrtle Beach’ Delonzo Williams, who scored four touchdowns in last week’s season opener at Waccamaw, broke free for a 57-yard touchdown run in the first quarter to give the Chiefs a shot of confidence and a 6-0 lead.

After holding the advantage at the half, North Myrtle Beach saw it’s lead quickly disappear on a couple of big runs by Loris running back Levi Moody – TD runs of 58 and 54 yards – to take a 12-6 advantage.

North Myrtle Beach still had a shot to get back in the game until Loris made the second of three interceptions in the game and returned it deep in Chiefs territory.

Loris quarterback Mickel Soles scrambled out of the pocket and scrambled for a 13-yard TD run. The Lions picked off another pass and tacked on a late score for the 26-6 final.

“I was proud of the way the defense played. Even giving up those big plays the defense didn’t let down,” NMB coach Perry Woolbright. “They came back and made some big stops and didn’t let it get them down.”

Loris rolled up 261 yards of total offense, with all but 100 coming ion three big plays by the Lions. Williams again gained 108 of the Chiefs’ 210 total yards.

North Myrtle Beach looks to move its record back above the .500 mark next weekend when West Brunswick (NC) crosses the Carolina state line for a border rivalry.

Photo by Rancier Photography

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