Football Wrapup: Panthers top NMB; Tigers, Saints fall

cffoot-brunsonpassNot Mother Nature nor North Myrtle Beach could stop Carolina Forest’s sudden surge as the Panthers scored their second consecutive victory with a 34-21 win over the Chiefs.

Following a 1 1/2-hour rain delay, the Panthers (2-2) plodded past the Chiefs on a sloppy surface, taking advantage of several miscues by the Chiefs to double their win total from last season. Carolina Forest hadn’t won back-to-back games since 2012.

After the long delay, Carolina Forest quarterback Will Brunson got things started with a 12-yard touchdown toss to James Long. The Panthers got the ball back and marched down field again to set up a short touchdown run by Dyverse Simmons for a quick 14-0 lead.

But the Chiefs battled back to tie it up at halftime, thanks to an interception by Colby Gore that was nearly a pick0six before he was tackled at the goalline. Kendrick Furness used a quarterback sneak to cut the deficit in half, and he later hit Kyle Cooper for a touchdown pass to even it up at 14-all.

But the Panthers scored three unanswered TDs to take control. Brunson, who doubles as the punter, threw a 63-yard TD pass to Victory Woods on a faked punt, and the two hooked up again on a pass deflection that bounced in Woods’ hands from 32 yards out.

North Myrtle Beach tried to make it close and drove deep in Panthers’ territory only to be turned away. The Chiefs lost the ball on downs, then Carolina Forest’s Napier Armstrong intercepted Furness and ran the length of the field before being ruled down at the 1. Simmons did the honors from 1 yard out to make it 35-14 in the fourth quarter.

Gore answered with a 90-yard TD return on the ensuing kickoff, but North Myrtle Beach couldn’t overcome its turnovers and mistakes to get any closer. Carolina Forest stopped the Chiefs final drive and ran out the clock to celebrate another win over a local rival. The Panthers beat St. James 49-7 last week.

* Hartsville 55, Conway 21: The Red Foxes (4-0) scored early and often to keep the Tigers (0-4) winless on the season at Kellytown Stadium.

Hartsville led 34-0 at halftime and let off the gas in the second half. Conway quarterback Peyton Derrick connected with Bryan Edwards for a pair of touchdown passes in the second half, including a 65-yarder that saw Edwards break several tackles en route to the end zone. But it was too little too late as the Red Foxes cruised to the win.

* Trinity Byrnes 45, Christian Academy 6: The Saints saw their chances of turning last week’s milestone win into a first-ever winning streak come to an end early against the SCISA state power Titans.

Trinity Byrnes struck first and converted a 2-pointer to make it 8-0, but the Saints (1-2) quickly responded with their lone TD – a 10-yard run by Locke Wallen. The missed PAT made it 8-6, but it was all Titans the rest of the way. They led 45-6 at halftime.

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