Chiefs had to work some late
magic to pull off win
Photo by Louis E. Keiner and Lesley M. Etherson
The North Myrtle Beach Chiefs make their grand entrance on their home field last Friday night in preparation for their game with Georgetown. It was a hard fought game between the two teams. The final score was 20-19 in favor of North Myrtle Beach Chiefs in overtime play.
By Tyler Watkins
North Myrtle Beach finally had the late-game breaks go its way in Friday night’s 20-19 overtime victory over visiting Georgetown, a wild contest that came down to the final play.
Georgetown had a potential game-winning 2-point conversion intercepted after the point-after-touchdown snap was mishandled, giving the Chiefs (2-5 overall, 1-1 Region 7-3A) a rare win in a season that has seen them lose two games in the waning minutes.
North Myrtle Beach had to work some late magic to pull off this win, beginning with a successful hook-and-ladder that set up the game-tying score. Kendrick Furness made a short pass to Kyle Cooper, who lateraled the ball to Colby Gore. Gore ran deep into Bulldogs’ territory with 20 seconds left and Christian Buis booted a 37-yard field goal with 3 seconds left on the clock to tie the game at 13-all and send the game into overtime.
The Chiefs got the ball first and scored on a 1-yard dive by Cullin Mitchell, who had all three carries in overtime. Buis tacked on the PAT in what proved to be the game-winner. But first the Chiefs had to sweat it out. Georgetown scored a 10-yard TD on Michael Billings run on the Bulldogs’ first play of overtime, but the PAT snap bounced and a desperation pass into the end zone was picked off by the Chiefs.
North Myrtle Beach got on the board first behind first-time starting QB Ronnie Bass. His 10-yard TD toss to Maurice Fitch made it 7-0 Chiefs, but Georgetown answered back on Jarvis Brown’s 19-yard TD pass to Marquez Drayton in the second quarter. The PAT was missed, as was a Georgetown field goal attempt before halftime that allowed the Chiefs to carry a 7-6 lead into intermission.
Buis booted a 44-yarder to make it a 10-6 lead in the third period, but he fell just short of making a 47-yarder late in the fourth, giving Georgetown good field position. Brown hooked up with Jaquan Collins, who fought his way into the end zone for a 57-yard TD reception with 1:30 left, and the Chiefs began experiencing a case of deja vu.
North Myrtle Beach coach Blair Hardin made a key call to insert the more experienced Furness, the Chiefs’ regular starter, for the final drive. His hook-and-ladder pass put the Chiefs in the red zone, and this time they delivered in the clutch to get the win.
As the fans stormed the field in celebration, Head Coach Blair Hardin spoke about the win, “This was a big game for us. We needed to do some things that we’ve talked about for the past few weeks and we needed to finish as a team. I’m proud of our players finishing as a team, and it’s fun to watch.”
The Chiefs finishing with 338 yards, compared to 139 for Georgetown. Ronnie Bass went 8-14-0 passing for 84 yards with 8 carries for 42 yards. Cullin Mitchell had 11 carries for 35 yards and the overtime touchdown, while Colby Gore had 2 catches for 68 yards.
The Chiefs hit the road for their third region matchup Friday night at Wilson. You can catch all the action live on WRNN 99.5FM or online at NMBChiefs.com with live streaming audio/video provided by Sandhills Bank. The broadcast is set to begin at 7 p.m.