NMB shows it’s for ‘Reel’ with blowout of Socastee

In a highly anticipated showdown between undefeated North Myrtle Beach and Socastee, the Chiefs proved they are for real – as in first-year coach Matt Reel, who has his team off to a 5-0 start following Friday night’s convincing 41-7 victory over the Braves (3-1).

Socastee’s offense had posted 50-plus points twice this season, but North Myrtle Beach’s defense dominated from start to finish. The Chiefs, ranked No. 2 in Class 4A, backed it up by playing their most complete game of the season in front of a packed house at the Hank Hester Sports Complex.

Speaking of Class, senior running back Kered Class had a huge night, rushing for 194 yards on only 11 carries and two long touchdown runs that put the Braves on their heels early and often. He broke loose for a 54-yarder to open the scoring on their first possession, and showed off his speed with an 83-yarder in the second quarter for a quick 21-0 lead.

“We haven’t started fast all year but we came out fast tonight, so I’m proud of the guys for the way they came out of the gate,” Reel said. “Their offense scared us a little with the way they are putting up points, but I’m really pleased with the way our guys responded.”

The Chiefs also got it done in the air with a pair of big plays in the first half as quarterback Cason McClendon connected with Naseem Harrison for a 37-yard TD strike and Tyrone Stockdale from 39 yards out as North Myrtle Beach claimed a 28-0 halftime lead. Any hope the Braves had of a second-half comeback essentially ended when Tyler Gore returned the opening kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown and a 34-0 advantage.

Socastee avoided the shutout on Dashaun Myers’ 4-yard TD run, but that was it for the Braves as the game turned ugly with some chippy play and shoddy officiating. NMB’s TJ Gore added a late TD and girls soccer standout Renee Urbaniak added the PAT to cap the scoring and complete a big night for the Chiefs. North Myrtle Beach held Socastee to 143 total yards while gaining 350 yards.

North Myrtle Beach looks to stay undefeated next Friday against visiting Camden. Socastee plays host to St. James.

Photo by Louis E. Keiner

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