Chiefs do it with defense in shutout win over Warriors

Everyone was talking about North Myrtle Beach’s offensive weapons coming into Friday night’s season opener against Waccamaw. Now they’re talking about the Chiefs defense and special teams.

The North Myrtle Beach defense scored twice and, along with dynamic returnman Colby Gore, set up several more scores as the Chiefs rolled to a 32-0 shutout victory over the visiting Warriors.

Gore made three huge returns to set the table for the Chiefs offense, including the opening touchdown on a 15-yard keeper by quarterback Kendrick Furness in the first quarter. Keyshawn Moore posted a safety and Gore took the ensuing kick deep into Waccamaw territory to set up Delonzo Williams’ 26-yard TD run. Gore added an interception before halftime to preserve the 16-0 advantage.

The defense got it going in the second half on another safety by linebacker Laquinn Bellamy. He broke free for a 32-yard touchdown on the next drive. Gore almost got into the end zone on another long return to the Waccamaw 3, and Furness threw his first touchdown pass of the season to Kyle Cooper to end the scoring.

The Chiefs rolled up 420 yards in offense but it was the defense that stole the show.

“By far, in the four years since I’ve been here, that’s the best defense we played,” said North Myrtle Beach coach Perry Woolbright. “… They swarmed to the football and they were aggressive on defense, and that’s what we’ve got to do.”

The Chiefs will take a serious step up in competition next week when they visit rival Loris.

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