Chiefs will meet Seahawks
in Myrtle Beach Friday night
Photo by Louis E. Keiner and Lesley M. Etherson
North Myrtle Beach Chief Keyshawn Moore intercepted a pass and ran 81 yards for a touchdown. The Chiefs were playing St. James at home last Friday night. The Chiefs finished the night with a 27-13 win over St. James.
By Tyler Watkins
The North Myrtle Beach Chiefs finally found an answer to their offensive woes in Friday night’s 27-13 victory over visiting St. James. It’s called defense and special teams.
The Chiefs (3-6 overall, 2-2 Region 7-3A) scored their first 20 points on defense and special teams, including a pair of pick-sixes by the North Myrtle Beach secondary.
Trailing 7-6 just seconds before halftime, Keyshawn Moore picked off a Zack Werba pass and rumbled 81 yards for a go-ahead touchdown. Tied 13-all in the fourth quarter, Treshon Cox intercepted a pass and took it 26 yards to the house for the game-winning TD. Colby Gore later caught a 77-yard touchdown pass for the Chiefs’ lone offensive score.
After St. James jumped out to an early 7-0 lead on Alan Crum’s 57-yard TD run, North Myrtle Beach placekicker Christian Buis booted field goals of 45 and 26 yards to cut the deficit to 1. The Sharks were trying to get on the board before halftime when Gore made his key interception and stole the momentum away from the Sharks at intermission.
The defensive battle continued in the second half until another interception tilted the tide in the Chiefs’ favor. Cox caught the ball in stride and rolled 26 yards for the pick-six. Gore and Austin Griffin also picked off passes to give the Chiefs four on the night.
The victory opened the door for a playoff berth by the Chiefs, who face No. 1-ranked rival Myrtle Beach next week at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium.
“It couldn’t have been written any better,” said Coach Blair Hardin after the game. “The way Tre, and Key, and Colby did it, getting the touchdown and putting us up. The way they played, I couldn’t be any prouder of them. It couldn’t have been written any better for our seniors.
“We’re going to enjoy this, and then get ready for next week, but I’m proud of our team tonight,” said Coach Hardin.
The Chiefs were led offensively by senior quarterback Kendrick Furness passing 10/22 for 93 yards. Sophomore Ronnie Bass added 3/4 with 98 yards and 1 TD. Cullin Mitchell had 13 carries for 63 yards, and East Carolina commit Colby Gore had 5 receptions for 131 yards and 1 TD. On defense, seniors Keyshawn Moore had an interception and 81 yard return for TD and Treshon Cox had an interception and 26 yard return for TD.
The Chiefs will be on the road Friday night against the Myrtle Beach Seahawks. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. If you are not able to make the trip, you can catch all of the action live on WRNN 99.5 FM and online via streaming audio/video at NMBChiefs.com, sponsored by Sandhills Bank. The broadcast is set for a 7 p.m. airtime.
Ron McManus Artificial Reef
dedication ceremony set
The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources has announced the Ron McManus Artificial Reef is official. Known as PA-04, the reef is located five miles from the Little River Inlet’s south jetty.
“We are proud to commemorate Ron with a reef named in his honor. His tireless dedication to our state’s artificial reef system has had an impact not only on North Myrtle Beach but the entire state,” said Robert Martore, Artificial Reef Coordinator for the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.
McManus, who more than 15 years ago established the Dixie Chicken Fishing Funament in honor of his friend, the late Jim Caudle, had no idea this annual fishing tournament would lead to the Jim Caudle Artificial Reef, PA-01. Today that reef is the most visited artificial reef in the state of South Carolina enhancing the ecosystem, boosting the economy and providing countless hours of enjoyment for many sports enthusiasts.
Additionally, an endowment fund created by McManus in 2008 has continued to fund marine and wetland research at Coastal Carolina University and provide scholarship assistance to deserving students.
“We invite everyone to attend this dedication ceremony,” said Ron’s wife, Katharine. “Ron would be thrilled, and so am I. He would like nothing more than to know his work is continuing. Through this reef, his reef, P-04, his legacy lives on.”
The Ron McManus Memorial Reef Dedication Ceremony will be held on Friday, Oct. 31, at Harborgate Marina.
The welcome, dedication and blessing of the reef will be from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Lunch will be catered by Mama Jean’s from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at 1 p.m. they will load the boats for a short trip to the reef site. from 2 to 2:30 p.m. for the reef buoy/reef cone drop.
RSVP at 843-249-1637. The public is cordially invited to attend.