Chiefs finally get on scoreboard, but not win column

The North Myrtle Beach offense finally scored its first points of the season and the defense has played well all year.

But in Friday night’s 28-18 loss at West Brunswick (N.C.), it was special teams that proved to be the Chiefs’ undoing.

From blocked extra point kicks, to blocked punts, to long snaps that did not quite make it to their intended target, the Chiefs’ special teams gave up points and field position to the Trojans throughout the night.

“We have to perform well in all phases of the game and tonight the special teams did not,” Chiefs coach Perry Woolbright said.  “I can promise that will not happen again.  We will correct these issues in practice and be ready to go against South Brunswick next week.”

The Chiefs’ offense, which was held scoreless in each of the first two games this season, broke the drought 45 seconds into the second quarter when senior quarterback Clint Cole capped a drive with a 1-yard touchdown run.  The ensuing extra point attempted kick by freshman Christian Buis was blocked and West Brunswick held a 7-6 lead.

Taylor Buffkin gave the Trojans a 14-6 advantage going into halftime with a 1-yard TD run, and the start of the second half saw the ball finally bounce the Chiefs’ way for once.  West Brunswick fumbled the kickoff to open the second half and NMB’s Swakeem Cox recovered the ball on the Trojan’s 30-yard line.

Coach Woolbright quickly turned to his bag of tricks as Cole took the snap and pitched the ball to wide receiver Eric Baker who was in motion on an end around.  Baker pulled up and threw a perfect pass to Jameke Gause right down the middle of the field and into the end zone for a touchdown.  Cole attempted a two-point run conversion but it failed, leaving NMB two points shy of West Brunswick at 14-12.

“We have worked on that play the past couple of weeks just for that type of situation,” said Woolbright.  “It was perfect timing after the turnover as they were on their heels a little bit and stunned.  Their defense wanted to make a big play and try to get the ball back.  They came hard after Eric on the pitch and he threw a great pass to Jameke.”

On the next possession, West Brunswick drove the ball into Chiefs territory before another Trojan miscue quickly led to the Chiefs first lead of the season.  Buffkin’s pitch was wide of his target and NMB sophomore linebacker Laquinn Bellamt scooped up the ball and ran untouched 58 yards for a touchdown that would give the Chiefs their first lead of the season.  Once again, the extra point attempt was blocked to leave NMB with an 18-14 advantage.

West Brunswick took the lead with 9:49 to play in the fourth quarter when Buffkin faked a pitch to the right and ran around the left side on a naked reverse, just sneaking inside the pylon on a fourth-and-goal play.  Following NMB’s third fumble of the game, the Trojans used NMB’s trick play against them to take the lead.  Buffkin pitched the ball to Sean Hewitt who threw a pass to Cameron Smith in the end zone for a 21-yard touchdown.  Smith then kicked his fourth extra point of the game to give West Brunswick a 28-18 lead with just 1:58 to play.

“Our defense has played well all season but the offense and special teams continue to ask the defense to play with their backs to our own goal line,” said Woolbright.  “The defense played well again tonight but three turnovers and a blocked punt kept putting us in a bad situation.”

The Chiefs miscues through three games include 11 lost fumbles, an interception, two blocked extra point attempts, a missed 25-yard field goal, and three blocked or deflected punts.  NMB has also been flagged for 23 penalties this season.

On the positive side, the Chiefs’ offense posted 241 yards of total offense against West Brunswick to nearly equal the 250 yards of total offense the team had in the first two games.  Cole was responsible for 145 of those yards as he ran the ball 22 times for 84 yards and completed six passes for 61 yards.
North Myrtle Beach will try to end the program’s 15-game losing skid this Friday when the Chiefs play host to South Brunswick at 7:30 p.m.

Six former Pelicans make big-league leap to Cubs

Six former Pelicans make big-league leap to Cubs The distance from Myrtle Beach’s TicketReturn.com Stadium to Chicago’s Wrigley [more]

Local teams look ahead to 30th CNB Kickoff Classic

Local teams look ahead to 30th CNB Kickoff ClassicConway National Bank will sponsor the 30th annual CNB Kickoff [more]

CAC swimmers team up to capture six state titles

CAC swimmers team up to capture six state titlesSouth Carolina Swimming welcomed almost 800 swimmers from 25 Swim [more]

Renfrow comes full circle before making run at NFL

Renfrow comes full circle before making run at NFLThe past six months have been hectic ones for Hunter [more]

Six MBTFC athletes make National Junior Olympics

Six MBTFC athletes make National Junior OlympicsThe Myrtle Beach Track & Field Club was represented by [more]

Beach volleyball growing on Grand Strand sand

Beach volleyball growing on Grand Strand sandWhat was once a leisurely pick-up game on the beach [more]

NMB boys hoops hopeful Walker in it for long haul

NMB boys hoops hopeful Walker in it for long haulNorth Myrtle Beach believes Ryan Walker is the person to [more]

Injury halts former Chant La Stella's All-Star debut

Injury halts former Chant La Stella's All-Star debut Former Coastal Carolina standout and Los Angeles Angels second baseman [more]

Pelicans well represented at All-Star Futures Game

Pelicans well represented at All-Star Futures GameMyrtle Beach Pelicans’ catcher Miguel Amaya has been selected to [more]

Baseball bonds all ages at Legends for Youth Clinic

Baseball bonds all ages at Legends for Youth ClinicEight former big leaguers - and about 60 aspiring ones [more]

Jordans lead MBTFC to wins at Junior Olympics

Jordans lead MBTFC to wins at Junior OlympicsThe Myrtle Beach Track & Field Club was represented by [more]

Hunter brings new energy to MB volleyball program

Hunter brings new energy to MB volleyball program New Myrtle Beach High volleyball coach Alyssa Hunter knows she [more]

Soccer Locker ready for final horn after 25 years

Soccer Locker ready for final horn after 25 yearsA child steps up to the counter to purchase his [more]

MB Track and Field Club flies high at Florence meet

MB Track and Field Club flies high at Florence meetThe Myrtle Beach Track & Field Club combined boys and [more]

Rivers named honorable mention All-American

Rivers named honorable mention All-AmericanCoastal Carolina senior outfielder Kieton Rivers was recognized as a [more]

Trio of Pelicans pitchers are midseason All-Stars

Trio of Pelicans pitchers are midseason All-StarsMyrtle Beach right-handed pitchers Javier Assad, Jesus Camargo and Paul [more]

Grand Strand rec athletes find passion for pickleball

Grand Strand rec athletes find passion for pickleballNearly 100 local recreational athletes put themselves in a real [more]

CCU football loses legend with retirement of Glenn

CCU football loses legend with retirement of GlennCoastal Carolina football chief of staff and director of football [more]

Chants' season ends with stinging defeat to Jackets

Chants' season ends with stinging defeat to JacketsCoastal Carolina baseball had its season come to an end [more]

Coastal wrangles Rattlers to stay alive in Regional

Coastal wrangles Rattlers to stay alive in RegionalThe Chanticleers took an early 3-0 lead and did not [more]

MB Track & Field Club shines at Club Challenge

MB Track & Field Club shines at Club ChallengeThe Myrtle Beach Track and Field Club welcomed 22 clubs [more]

Chants battered by Tigers, drop into losers bracket

Chants battered by Tigers,  drop into losers bracketCoastal Carolina baseball saw a 2-2 tie disappear in the [more]

Chiefs seeking sixth boys hoops coach in nine years

Chiefs seeking sixth boys hoops coach in nine yearsNorth Myrtle Beach is looking for a new boys basketball [more]

Grand Strand dominates state golf course rankings

Grand Strand dominates state golf course rankings Golfweek has unveiled its annual list of the “Best Courses [more]

Hemingway narrows his college wish list to five

Hemingway narrows his college wish list to fiveTonka Hemingway has played enough games with opposing offensive linemen. He’s [more]

Six former Pelicans make big-league leap to Cubs

Six former Pelicans make big-league leap to Cubs The distance from Myrtle Beach’s TicketReturn.com Stadium to Chicago’s Wrigley [more]

Local teams look ahead to 30th CNB Kickoff Classic

Local teams look ahead to 30th CNB Kickoff ClassicConway National Bank will sponsor the 30th annual CNB Kickoff [more]

Comments are closed.

© 2019 Grand Strand Sports Report · RSS
Myrtle Beach Web Design
Kayaking in Myrtle Beach