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Chiefs lose season


opener to Wildcats


Photos by Veasey Conway/Morning News
In their opening season game last Friday night, the North Myrtle Beach Chiefs visited the defending state champions class 2A Dillon Wildcats. Photos above give you views of some of the action between the Chiefs and Wildcats. Dillon defeated the Chiefs 56-16 in the season opener.

By Tyler Watkins
The North Myrtle Beach Chiefs varsity football program lost their season opener Friday night on the road to the defending state champion Dillon Wildcats by a final score of 56-16.
The Chiefs, under newly appointed head coach Blair Hardin, opened the game with an easy drive down to the one yard line, but a delay of game penalty and missed field goal attempt gave the Wildcats a chance to capitalize on the stop. Dillon proceeded to drive 80 yards to their first of four straight touchdowns.
The Chiefs scored on a seven yard touchdown pass from Kendrick Furness to Colby Gore, but three turnovers and a host of penalties had the Chiefs down 42-7 at halftime.
Playing on one of the hottest nights of the year, Dillon opened the second half with a long TD run by Dashaun Davis for a 49-7 lead, and Jameson Chapman completed the hat trick for his third TD of the night and a 56-7 advantage.
The Chiefs had another delay of game penalty that cost them a potential score late in the third quarter, but the NMB defense delivered a safety and backup QB Ronnie Bass came on in the fourth and scored on a long touchdown run to make it 56-16.
The Chiefs were led by Eric Bellamy with 80 yards rushing and Ronnie Bass with 59 yards rushing and one touchdown. Colby Gore finished with 242 all purpose yards, 65 yards receiving and a touchdown on 6 catches.
Coach Hardin’s comments after the game indicated a level of frustration on his part, “We did some good things, we did some bad things, but we must improve in every phase. Football is a simple game, blocking and tackling.
“They’re a very talented team and they’re well coached. We have a lot of young guys. We played seven sophomores and three freshmen tonight. They had to grow up quick against one of the top teams in the state, and it’s only going to make us better. We’ll go to work tomorrow and we’ll get it fixed.”
North Myrtle Beach returns home this Friday night for a three game stand.
They’ll open with rival Loris, then face West Brunswick and Carolina Forest before heading to Socastee to wrap up the pre-region match-ups.
If you can’t make it out to the Hank Hester Sports Complex at North Myrtle Beach High School, you can catch all the action live on WRNN 99.5 FM.
The Charlie Stuart State Farm, North Myrtle Beach Radio Network airtime is set for 7 p.m. with kickoff set for 7:30 p.m. Additionally, live streaming audio and video is provided at nmbchiefs.com.