Turnovers halt Chiefs’ upset chances at No. 1 Hartsville

nmb-14dropNorth Myrtle Beach appeared to have the game plan to go toe-to-toe with top-ranked Hartsville in Friday’s first round of the Class 3A football playoffs. Unfortunately for the Chiefs, they couldn’t seem to hang on to the football.

North Myrtle Beach committed four turnovers – three leading directly to Red Foxes’ touchdowns – as Hartsville (11-0) rolled to a 42-13 victory over the fourth-seeded Chiefs at Kellytown Stadium. The Chiefs (5-6) saw their season come to a close, but not before putting a brief scare in the Foxes.

North Myrtle Beach took the opening kickoff and drove downfield for a touchdown run by Dequan Montgomery and an early 6-0 lead. But the quick score only seemed to light a fire under the Foxes, who scored five unanswered touchdowns by capitalizing on NMB’s mistakes. Following Brian Rivers’ first TD run of the night to give Hartsville its first lead at 7-6, the Foxes picked off a pair of passes – including a pick-six – for a 21-6 halftime lead.

Hartsville returned another interception to the NMB 1 to set up another Rivers’ TD run and also recovered a fumble en route to the win. The Chiefs got a late TD by Kered Class but the Chiefs couldn’t overcome the miscues. Montgomery finished with nine carries for 101 yards and a TD as NMB finishes with a losing record for the second season under Blair Hardin.

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