Braves beat clock, Chiefs with last-minute TD drive

socfoot-2jumpillingThe big knock on Socastee’s powerful triple-option attack has been how it could handle must-score, late-game situations. The Braves answered that question when it counted in Friday night’s 15-10 victory over visiting North Myrtle Beach.

In a game that saw both teams struggle to score throughout 3 1/2 quarters and wait out a 30-minute lightning delay, the hard-fought, see-saw contest saw two lead changes in the final 78 seconds. The Chiefs (1-4) took a 10-8 lead with 1:18 remaining on a 29-yard field goal by Christian Buis, but it was short lived.

The Braves (4-1) got in the last blow on a 15-yard touchdown pass from Jordan Hodge to 6-foot-5 tight end Max Kjosa, who outjumped North Myrtle Beach’s Mike Gore in the back corner of the end zone for the game-winner with 20 seconds left. The TD catch capped a four-play drive that saw all passes and a big kickoff return by Sam McKinney to set up the score.

Both teams were able to move the ball deep into enemy territory but turnovers proved costly. Socastee turned the ball over three times, two on interceptions by Hodge, and the Chiefs lost a scoring opportunity on a picked-off pass. The Chiefs did score on their first drive on a TD pass from Kendrick Furness to Kyle Cooper.

Both of Socastee’s scores came in the final seconds of each half as Angelo Sauter powered his way into the end zone with 18 seconds left. The Braves used a quick snap on the PAT to take an 8-7 lead on a 2-point conversion by Hodge. Lightning struck a few seconds later and the two teams had to sit out the final seconds until the skies cleared.

Socastee controlled the ball in the second half but couldn’t turn the yards into points. That allowed the Chiefs to mount an impressive drive of their own in the final minutes. Furness hit Colby Gore on a pair of big passes to the Braves’ 15 and the Chiefs turned to Buis to win it with his foot. But his unintentional squib kick on the ensuing kickoff set the table for Socastee.

McKinney’s return put the ball in Chiefs’ territory, and Hodge hit Kjosa for 30 yards to put the Braves in field goal range. But with starting kicker Braxton Elvis out for the night, Socastee opted to put it in the hands of Kjosa and he paid off with a game-saving grab.

Photo by Nancy Thompson

Strand sends record-tying four players to Shrine Bowl

Strand sends record-tying four players to Shrine Bowl Horry County has had an on-again, mostly off-again relationship with [more]

Chants do it with defense for second straight week

Chants do it with defense for second straight weekNot even a 44-minute lightning delay midway through the third [more]

Week 3: MB, CF roll to set up battle of undefeateds

Week 3: MB, CF roll to set up battle of undefeatedsJon "JJ" Jones returned to his old stomping grounds at [more]

Wednesday's Roundup: SJ girls go low to beat Braves

Wednesday's Roundup: SJ girls go low to beat BravesSt. James traveled to Prestwick Country Club on Wednesday to [more]

Tuesday Roundup: Wins for CF golf, NMB volleyball

Tuesday Roundup: Wins for CF golf, NMB volleyballThe reigning Class 4A state champion North Myrtle Beach High [more]

MB transfer cleared just in time to face former school

MB transfer cleared just in time to face former schoolMyrtle Beach football player J.J. Jones has been cleared to [more]

Games go on after Dorian throws schedules for loop

Games go on after Dorian throws schedules for loopDespite Hurricane Dorian costing Horry County Schools a week of [more]

Chants capture historic victory over Jayhawks

Chants capture historic victory over JayhawksCoastal Carolina football recorded its first-ever win over a Power [more]

Who's No. 1? Two teams atop latest football polls

Who's No. 1? Two teams atop latest football polls Like it did after last year’s state championship games, Horry [more]

Hurricane Dorian calls halt to Strand sports schedule

Hurricane Dorian calls halt to Strand sports scheduleHurricane Dorian is not expected to make landfall on the [more]

Coast U-19 girls pass early test, take Atlanta Cup title

Coast U-19 girls pass early test, take Atlanta Cup titleCoach R.J. Bass wanted a strong early test for his [more]

Eastern Michigan spoils Coastal's season opener

Eastern Michigan spoils Coastal's season opener The Coastal Carolina Chanticleers opened their season the same way [more]

Week 1: Historic win for SJ; MB, CF roll in openers

Week 1: Historic win for SJ; MB, CF roll in openersTommy Norwood tried to nix the Gatorade bath. He raised [more]

Welch wins World Am in East/West Coast shootout

Welch wins World Am in East/West Coast shootoutWilliam Welch (West Islip, N.Y.) shot a net 69 (gross [more]

Golf: CF packs 1-2 punch; St. James claims tri-match

Golf: CF packs 1-2 punch; St. James claims tri-matchThe Carolina Forest girls golf team made a strong showing [more]

Chiefs reach Border Battle finale, swept by Warriors

Chiefs reach Border Battle finale, swept by WarriorsThe Palmetto State made a strong showing in the Border [more]

Perfect conditions greet thousands for World Am

Perfect conditions greet thousands for World AmBeautiful weather greeted the 3,215 golfers participating in the 36th [more]

Two Coast FA boys teams crowned Triangle champs

Two Coast FA boys teams crowned Triangle champsTwo Coast FA boys teams returned home as champions from [more]

Week 0: Chiefs top Tigers; Sharks beat Lions at horn

Week 0: Chiefs top Tigers; Sharks beat Lions at hornMatt Reel sighed more than once when talking about his [more]

Six former Pelicans make big-league leap to Cubs

Six former Pelicans make big-league leap to Cubs The distance from Myrtle Beach’s TicketReturn.com Stadium to Chicago’s Wrigley [more]

Chiefs try to stay hungry, humble in title repeat bid

Chiefs try to stay hungry, humble in title repeat bidThe only thing harder than winning a state championship is [more]

Stormy weather big winner at CNB Kickoff Classic

Stormy weather big winner at CNB Kickoff ClassicTwo blowouts, a lightning delay and ultimately three of the [more]

Coast FA boys kick off fall season with strong outing

Coast FA boys kick off fall season with strong outingFive Coast FA boys teams entered the Charlotte Invitational over [more]

Hemingway follows family, teammates to Gamecocks

Hemingway follows family, teammates to GamecocksSix minutes after his youngest child had announced his college [more]

MB Track & Field Club set for cross country season

MB Track & Field Club set for cross country seasonBuilding on the success of the track and field season, [more]

Strand sends record-tying four players to Shrine Bowl

Strand sends record-tying four players to Shrine Bowl Horry County has had an on-again, mostly off-again relationship with [more]

Chants do it with defense for second straight week

Chants do it with defense for second straight weekNot even a 44-minute lightning delay midway through the third [more]

Comments are closed.

© 2019 Grand Strand Sports Report · RSS
Myrtle Beach Web Design
Kayaking in Myrtle Beach