NMB grounds and pounds Panthers in region opener

nmbfoot-classNorth Myrtle Beach High football coach Blair Hardin had a simple but effective game plan coming into Thursday night’s Region 7-3A opener against visiting Lake City – “pound the football.”

Using a revamped offensive line on a rainy night and sloppy field, the Chiefs (4-2 overall, 1-0 region) rushed for more than 300 yards and scored four of their five touchdowns on the ground to claim a 33-19 victory over the Panthers (4-2, 0-1).

North Myrtle Beach had a pair of 100-yard rushers in Kered Class (21 for 130), Dequan Montgomery (13 for 102), and almost go a third in quarterback Ronnie Bass (16 for 91), who rushed for two touchdowns and threw for another.

The Chiefs quickly established their dominance on the ground, marching downfield on their opening drive for a 12-yard Class touchdown run. Lake City managed to tie it up on Chris Burnette’s 23-yard TD pass to Jalen Barr, but North Myrtle Beach broke the game wide open in the second period.

Class scored North Myrtle Beach’s lone passing TD on a short route that he broke loose to score from 58 yards out from Bass. Bass scored his first rushing TD on a 1-yard dive, and Montgomery got into the TD act with a 2-yard run and a 28-7 lead.

The Chiefs essentially clinched the win with a TD drive to open the second half, capped by Bass’ second TD run. Lake City added a late TD to make the score sound closer than reality as North Myrtle Beach pushed the Panthers around for most of the game.

North Myrtle Beach travels to Georgetown next Friday.

Photo by Michael Graves/Digital Magic Photo

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