Chiefs’ miscues lead to yet another heartbreaking loss

nmbfoot-furnessrunNorth Myrtle Beach suffered another heartbreaking defeat in its Region 7-3A opener at Lake City, falling 15-9 after allowing the Panthers to score a late game-winning touchdown. It was the Chiefs’ third loss of the season by seven points or less.

The Chiefs defense dominated the game for more than three quarters as both teams struggled to move the ball in rainy and windy conditions. North Myrtle Beach (1-5 overall, 0-1 region) led 9-0 at halftime and appeared in control, but Lake City (5-1, 1-0) scored on a long punt return and took advantage of a late turnover to get the win.

After the Chiefs turned the ball over on a fumble, their defense came through to get the ball back deep in their own territory late in the fourth period. North Myrtle Beach was forced to punt from its own end zone, setting up a short field for the Panthers. Lake City quarterback Travis Wilson ran in the game-winning TD from 12 yards out with 2 minutes remaining, and the Chiefs were unable to mount a final drive.

North Myrtle Beach scored first on a 34-yard field goal by Christian Buis, and the Chiefs put together a long drive in the second period that was capped by quarterback Kendrick Furness’ 1-yard dive. Buis missed the PAT and the Chiefs went to the locker room with a 9-0 lead and holding the Panthers without a first down in the first half.

Lake City had to find other methods of scoring, and the Chiefs made the mistakes to help them out. Lake City’s Jalen Barnes broke loose for a 68-yard punt return to put the Panthers on the scoreboard, and North Myrtle Beach’s offense struggled to move the ball for most of the second half. Fumbles and penalties, including a roughing the punter call that would have put the Chiefs in position to ice it, conspired in the tough loss.

North Myrtle Beach’s path doesn’t get any easier next week as the Chiefs travel to 5-1 Georgetown.

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