Chiefs shut out Bulldogs, capture third playoff seed

The North Myrtle Beach High football team had to have a big defensive effort Thursday night to earn the No. 3 seed in the Class 4A playoffs. The Chiefs (6-3 overall, 2-3 Region 6-4A) got more than they needed.

Facing a must-win scenario that required the defense to allow fewer than 20 points, the Chiefs posted a shutout of the Bulldogs and got a pair of late touchdowns by running back Devon Montgomery to take a 12-0 win.

Moved up to Thursday to avoid a rainy Friday forecast, the two teams wound up playing in sloppy conditions. NMB battled Marlboro County (6-3, 2-3) to a scoreless draw until the final minutes of the fourth quarter.

Facing a fourth down and out of field goal range for the conditions, the Chiefs converted with a slant to Naseem Harrison. He broke loose to the Bulldogs’ 1. Montgomery pounded his way into the end zone on the ensuing play to break the deadlock. The PAT failed and the Chiefs were clinging to a 6-0 lead.

But the defense came up big again, halting the Bulldogs and setting the offense up with good field position. Montgomery bounced one outside and sprinted to paydirt to give the Chiefs some insurance. Derrien Holmes killed Marlboro County’s final drive with an interception.

The Chiefs allowed Marlboro County only 163 total yards. Marcelous Livingston led the NMB defense with eight tackles, four for loss.

The Chiefs will travel to South Aiken next Friday for the first round of the Class 4A playoffs.

File Photo by Janet Morgan/myhorrynews

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