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North Myrtle Beach Sports

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Chiefs fall to Dillon,

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open 2015 season

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on rainy note

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Photo by Michael Graves/Digital Magic Photography
Sophomore Kared Class takes a handoff up the field for a nice gain during the Chiefs home opener Friday night.
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By Tyler Watkins
After waiting more than nine months through the offseason, the North Myrtle Beach Chiefs (0-1) faced another hour of lightning delay before kicking off the 2015 season at home Friday night against the three-time defending 2-A state champion Dillon Wildcats (1-0).
The Chiefs fell by score of 54-14 in arguably one of their toughest matchups of the season.
Dillon came out strong against the Chiefs, putting up 34 unanswered points.  The Chiefs would answer when North Myrtle Beach’s junior quarterback Ronnie Bass connected with Tyler Gore for a 20-yard touchdown pass with less than two minutes to go in the second quarter to bring the nearly 1,500 in attendance to their feet.
With rain continuing to fall throughout the game, the Chiefs had several miscues and fumbles that set up excellent field position for Dillon.
Dillon scored three more touchdowns before the Chiefs scored, with just 51 seconds left in the game, off a pass from Ronnie Bass to Austin Griffin. Andrew Smith added the extra point to bring the total to 54-14.
After the game, North Myrtle Beach’s head coach Blair Hardin mentioned some of the issues.
“We had three fumbles in the red zone. Bad snaps killed us, putting us second and third and long. You can’t beat a team like Dillon with mistakes like that.”
Coach Hardin was also impressed with his team.
“We did some really good things against a traditional power. There are a lot of good things that I saw tonight, that we can fix and teach. I was pleased with our effort from the guys that stepped on the field tonight.”
Running back Kered Class was presented with a commemorative football after the game, being named the Bubba Collins Premier Performer Award winner.
“ I told our kids, when you run the football, you run with passion for our team and our community,” said Hardin. “I want them to set the tone with how they run the football, and they run hard. That’s all I can ask.”
The Chiefs hit the road this Friday night and face the Loris Lions. The Lions are coming off a loss against St James and will be looking for their first win during their home opener.
You can catch all of the action of the game live on WRNN 99.5 FM with the Charlie Stuart, State Farm, North Myrtle Beach Chiefs Radio Network. Additionally, a live audio/video feed will be available at NMBChiefs.com courtesy of Sandhills Bank.  Airtime is set for 7 p.m.

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