Chiefs step up to challenge to beat WB, stay unbeaten

nmbfoot-12pitchNext man up.

Following a physical win over rival Loris and a short recovery week due to Tropical Storm Hermine, the North Myrtle Beach High football team had to rely on that old, three-word adage to get ready for Thursday night’s game against West Brunswick (NC). The Chiefs (3-0) had several players step up to the challenge to post a 23-0 victory over the visiting Trojans.

North Myrtle Beach was dealing with an injury to star running Kered Class and other starters, as well as an illness that inflicted many on the team. Not only did the defense live up to the motto by posting the first shutout of the season, running back TJ Gore and the offensive line also kept their end of the bargain by piling up more than 400 total yards, 345 on the ground, and two touchdowns on runs by Gore.

The Chiefs also got a big game from placekicker Andrew Smith, who drilled three field goals, both extra point attempts, and also put the Trojans deep in their own territory on several kickoffs. In fact, the Chiefs defense only allowed three plays on their side of the 50, keeping the Trojans at bay throughout the game.

Despite the domination, the Chiefs struggled in the red zone and allowed West Brunswick to stay within striking distance until the second half. Leading only 13-0 at halftime, Smith’s third field goal gave the Chiefs a 16-0 lead in the third, and Gore put the finishing touches on the win with a nice 15-yard TD run. He accounted for 12 of the Chiefs’ 23 points and Smith’s PAT gave him the other 11.

The Chiefs travel to Carvers Bay next Friday looking to improve to 4-0.

Photo by Louis E. Keiner and Lesley M. Etherson

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