Second-half surge propels NMB to Lower State semis

nmbfoot-2runThe best season in North Myrtle Beach High football history keeps getting better.

The Chiefs are headed to the third round of the Class 4A state playoffs thanks to a strong second-half surge in Friday night’s 28-14 victory over visiting Cane Bay.

The No. 6-ranked Chiefs (11-1) broke open a tied game late in the third period to blow past the No. 7 Cobras (10-2) and advance to the Lower State semifinals for only the second time in program history. They will travel to top-seeded Chapin next week for a chance to keep rewriting the school record books.

The Cobras’ game plan to use their option attack to wear down the Chiefs instead had the opposite effect. Just when the tide appeared to be turning Cane Bay’s way, North Myrtle Beach turned to the JV team. With the game tied at 7-all late in the third quarter, third-string sophomore quarterback Cason McClendon connected with fellow sophomore Tyrone Stockdale for a 40-yard touchdown pass hookup between players who started the season on the JV squad.

The Chiefs also got some big plays from upperclassmen in the clutch. Senior Steven Bryant recovered a fumble on the ensuing possession, and fellow senior Cullen Mitchell delivered the knockout blow in the opening ticks of the fourth quarter by catching his fifth TD pass of the season on a diving 5-yard toss from McClendon to make it 21-7. McClendon’s earlier third-down reception and a 15-yard personal foul penalty came on the play before the McClendon-to-Stockdale game-winner.

But perhaps the unsung hero of the night was senior defensive back Dondre Thompson, whose stripped fumble on the Cobras’ opening possession of the night set up the Chiefs’ first score of the night. North Myrtle Beach’s Kered Class capped the first drive of the game with a 2-yard TD run and the Chiefs defense made the 7-0 lead hold up at halftime with a fourth-and-1 stand on their own 2-yard line.

The Cobras marched into the red zone again to open the third period, but Thompson came up big again with an interception in the end zone to kill the drive. Cane Bay finally found paydirt on their third venture into the red zone on a 6-yard TD run by Kris Copeland, and the Cobras appeared to have the momentum. But McClendon’s back-to-back passes to Mitchell and Stockdale started a Chiefs’ surge down the stretch.

Mitchell’s TD catch and a long TD run by Tyler Gore in the fourth quarter put the Chiefs on top 28-7. Cane Bay reached the end zone in the final seconds, but North Myrtle Beach recovered the onsides kick and ran out the clock to touch off the celebration.

Photo by Louis E. Keiner and Lesley M. Etherson

Comments

comments

CCU's Hansen earns bid to play in NCAA Golf Regional

CCU's Hansen earns bid to play in NCAA Golf RegionalCoastal Carolina University’s Malene Krolboll Hansen has received an invitation [more]

Cardiac Sharks strike again in 10-inning win over Foxes

Cardiac Sharks strike again in 10-inning win over FoxesJust when you thought it was safe to face St. [more]

Golf: Seahawks top Chiefs; Sharks finish off rival Braves

Golf: Seahawks top Chiefs; Sharks finish off rival BravesRegular-season region championships in golf are more about bragging rights [more]

Softball: Tigers, Sharks hit postseason as No. 1 seeds

Softball: Tigers, Sharks hit postseason as No. 1 seedsThe SCHSL softball playoffs open Thursday with five local teams [more]

Lady Chiefs run away with fourth straight region title

Lady Chiefs run away with fourth straight region titleThe North Myrtle Beach girls track team won the Region [more]

Soccer: Braves sweep MB; Gordon lifts Lady Seahawks

Soccer: Braves sweep MB; Gordon lifts Lady SeahawksThe Socastee High boys soccer team used a big second-half [more]

Golf: NMB aces St. James, faces MB for region crown

Golf: NMB aces St. James, faces MB for region crownNorth Myrtle Beach used a balanced scoring effort to claim [more]

Lady Sharks' magical run ends in Lower State final

Lady Sharks' magical run ends in Lower State finalThe St. James High girls lacrosse team took giant leaps [more]

Softball: Seahawks shut out Socastee in playoff tuneup

Softball: Seahawks shut out Socastee in playoff tuneupThe Myrtle Beach softball team closed out the regular season [more]

NMB's Hudson headlines all-region girls soccer list

NMB's Hudson headlines all-region girls soccer listRegion 7-4A girls soccer champion Myrtle Beach and runner-up St. [more]

Chants' bats, pitching wake up to rally past The Citadel

Chants' bats, pitching wake up to rally past The CitadelCoastal Carolina allowed four runs in the first inning, but [more]

Baseball: MB rides Bodge's hot bat, arm to playoff win

Baseball: MB rides Bodge's hot bat, arm to playoff winMyrtle Beach's Cameron Bodge may be best known for his [more]

CCU's Ruiz makes playoff; Chants seventh at Sun Belt

CCU's Ruiz makes playoff; Chants seventh at Sun BeltCoastal Carolina sophomore Luis Ruiz turned in the low round [more]

Chants blow late lead, lose series to Georgia Southern

Chants blow late lead, lose series to Georgia SouthernGeorgia Southern scored a run in the seventh and two [more]

Beach United, Coast FA net Coast Spring Classic crowns

Beach United, Coast FA net Coast Spring Classic crownsThree Grand Strand-based teams captured championships in their respective division [more]

Pelicans rally in ninth inning to shoot down Wood Ducks

Pelicans rally in ninth inning to shoot down Wood DucksThe Pelicans rallied for two in the seventh and four [more]

Coastal off to top-five start at Sun Belt Championship

Coastal off to top-five start at Sun Belt ChampionshipThe Coastal Carolina men’s golf team posted a 6-over par [more]

Baseball: Panthers, Sharks make late push for playoffs

Baseball: Panthers, Sharks make late push for playoffsWhoever said "It's not how you start, but how you [more]

Eagles top Chants in extras, set up series rubber match

Eagles top Chants in extras, set up series rubber matchBoth Georgia Southern and Coastal Carolina scored a run in [more]

Soccer: Seahawks defeat Chiefs to claim region title

Soccer: Seahawks defeat Chiefs to claim region titleThe Myrtle Beach High soccer team didn't want to worry [more]

Baseball: NMB spoils MB's hopes for sweep of region

Baseball: NMB spoils MB's hopes for sweep of regionThe North Myrtle Beach High baseball team rallied for five [more]

Chants 'Cooke' up defense to down Georgia Southern

Chants 'Cooke' up defense to down Georgia SouthernGeorgia Southern’s ninth-inning come-back fell one run short thanks to [more]

Lacrosse: Lady Sharks rally to reach Lower State Final

Lacrosse: Lady Sharks rally to reach Lower State FinalPerhaps THE sports story of the spring sports season is [more]

Tennis: Seahawks complete clean sweep for region title

Tennis: Seahawks complete clean sweep for region titleThe Myrtle Beach High boys tennis team put the finishing [more]

Softball: Sharks top Tigers; Chiefs surge past Panthers

Softball: Sharks top Tigers; Chiefs surge past PanthersThe St. James girls softball team won a local showdown [more]

CCU's Hansen earns bid to play in NCAA Golf Regional

CCU's Hansen earns bid to play in NCAA Golf RegionalCoastal Carolina University’s Malene Krolboll Hansen has received an invitation [more]

Cardiac Sharks strike again in 10-inning win over Foxes

Cardiac Sharks strike again in 10-inning win over FoxesJust when you thought it was safe to face St. [more]

Comments are closed.

© 2017 Grand Strand Sports Report · RSS
Myrtle Beach Web Design
Kayaking in Myrtle Beach