Tigers shut out Chiefs in season opener

Conway quarterback Mykal Moody opened the Tigers’ 2011 campaign in midseason form, throwing three touchdown passes and rushing for two scores in a 41-0 victory over host North Myrtle Beach.

After sitting out almost the entire 2010 season with a severely sprained ankle, Moody made it look easy in his return to the gridiron after a year of rehab. He completed 9-of-17 passes for 162 yards and three TDs and ran for 100 yards and two TDs on only 10 carries.

Moody led the Tigers down the field for their first score in just four plays, capping the drive with a 2-yard touchdown dive. On Conway’s next possession he connected with Cole Watson for a 23-yard TD pass, then Moody scampered 17 yards to paydirt.

A Trey Longs interception set up another Conway score just before halftime. Moody hit tight end Nate Nesbitt for a 6-yard TD and a 27-0 lead at the break. He played just one series to open the second half and found Watson again for a 26-yard TD, making Moody a perfect 5-for-5 on touchdown drives for the game.

Conway’s Joss Glascow recovered a fumble in the end zone in the third quarter to cap the scoring. The Tigers (1-0) held the Chiefs (0-1) to a shutout despite several impressive drives deep into Conway territory.

North Myrtle Beach is still looking for its first win under second-year coach Perry Woolbright, whose new offense showed signs of life but failed to capitalize when it got within scoring range. Quarterback Clint Cole led the Chiefs in rushing and passing and appeared to lock up the starting job for the season with his performance.

The Chiefs will be in search of their first win since 2009 next Friday against rival Loris, while the Tigers will face Summerville, the team Moody suffered his season-ending injury against last year.

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