Chiefs capture first-place showdown with Wilson

The North Myrtle Beach High football team placed itself firmly in the driver’s seat of the Region 7-4A championship race Friday night with a 45-35 victory over Wilson at Florence Memorial Stadium.

The No. 2-ranked Chiefs (8-0 overall, 2-0 region) dominated the Tigers (5-3, 1-1) from the opening kickoff, jumping out to an early 28-3 lead in the early stages of the second quarter and cruising to a commanding 29-point lead entering the fourth quarter. Wilson added three fourth-quarter touchdowns to make it interesting before North Myrtle Beach slammed the door.

North Myrtle Beach fittingly scored its first points on defense as Mikel Stevenson scooped and scored on a Wilson fumble. After a Tigers’ field goal, Kered Class broke free for a 65-yard touchdown run, giving the Chiefs a 14-3 lead after only one offensive play. Quarterback Cason McClendon followed it up with a pair of TD passes to Tyler Gore and another to Tyron Stockdale as North Myrtle Beach claimed a 35-16 halftime lead.

The Chiefs defense continued to get on the scoreboard in the second half as Kwame Livingston made a big sack and forced a fumble, and Dominic Vereen picked it up in the end zone for a score. Following a Zane Smith field goal to make it a 45-16 lead, Wilson added a late touchdown on a fumble recovery, which seemed to ignite the high-powered passing game with a pair of late TDs.

The Chiefs gave up 649 yards of offense to the Tigers, much of it coming in the fourth quarter, while rolling up393. Class rushed 16 times for 160 yards, and McClendon went 10 of 18 for 112 yards and three TDs, but also threw two picks.

North Myrtle Beach visits Marlboro County next week looking to lock up the region crown.

Photo by Louis E. Keiner

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