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of NMB football program

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At the 25th anniversary edition of the Conway National Bank Kickoff Classic held at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium in Myrtle Beach last Friday night saw the North Myrtle Beach Chiefs versus the Conway Tigers. The Chiefs, led by new Coach Blair Hardin, defeated the Tigers 7-0.  These photos show the Chiefs taking the field, action with the Tigers and the North Myrtle Beach cheerleaders cheering their team on.


By Wayne White
After back to back 0-10 seasons and a 21 game losing skid, former Head Coach Perry Woolbright kicked the re-building of the North Myrtle Beach High School football program into high gear.  NMB improved to 4-6 in 2012 and then posted a 9-3 record a season ago and made it to the second round of the South Carolina AAA State Playoffs.
Following the season, Coach Woolbright accepted the head coaching job at Batesburg Leesville High School and sent NMB Athletics Director Joe Quigley on the hunt for a replacement.  The hunt ended with the hiring of Blair Hardin.
Coach Hardin, who came to the Chiefs after leading Freedom High School in Morganton, N.C., to an 11-2 record a season ago, was an easy choice.  The 32-year-old Hardin brings with him six years of experience as a head coach and a career record of 62-19.  In addition to his stellar season last year at Freedom, Coach Hardin led Porter Ridge (Indian Trail, N.C.) to back-to-back State Championship games and a 51-17 record in five seasons.
“You always know that you are taking a chance when you hire a young coach, but with his credentials we feel that he has more than proven his ability as a head coach and leader of young people,” said Quigley.  “Our kids are really buying into his system and I think that they relate to him very well.”
Proving this point is the fact that the Chiefs have had more than 100 players out for every practice since the start of Summer workouts.  More proof was evidenced this past Friday night at the CNB Kickoff Classic where North Myrtle Beach defeated Conway 7-0 in a 20-minute scrimmage.  The Chiefs only allowed the Tigers’ offense a total of 36 yards in the victory.
That stellar defensive performance is something that Coach Hardin knows that his squad will have to rely on until the offense fully learns his scheme.  That defense is anchored up front by senior nose guard Reashon Diggs, who was third on the team in 2013 with 45 tackles and second with five sacks.  The second line of defense is last season’s top tackler for the Chiefs in senior Keyshawn Moore.  The 5-11, 215-pound middle linebacker posted 78 tackles a season ago, including 23.5 for a loss, and seven sacks.
Keeping the opposing team’s receivers honest will be one of the team’s top athletes and defenders in senior Colby Gore.  The East Carolina University commit led the team with eight interceptions in 2013 and has already proven what his prowess and athletic ability will mean to NMB this season.  Against Conway, Gore had two interceptions and a 48-yard touchdown reception on the offensive side of the ball.
In addition to Colby Gore at wide receiver, the Chiefs will look to senior quarterback Kendrick Furness to control play and keep the Chiefs moving.  Furness returns for his final season after a breakout junior season when he passed for 1,746 yards, ran for 304 yards and scored 24 touchdowns.
The Chiefs will need to grasp Coach Hardin’s new option offensive scheme quick as his NMB squad will face a schedule that opens this Friday on the road at Dillon at 7:30 p.m.
The Wildcats are one of the top programs every year in Class AA football in South Carolina and have won four state championships in the past six seasons, including the 2013 title.  Dillon, which lost 23 players from its 2013 squad, will rely on 12 returning seniors and one very important junior.  That junior is quarterback Avery McCall, who is rated as one of the top juniors in the nation.  His top wide-out will be Eri’Reon Hayes who is a big-play athlete that caught three touchdowns in the state championship game in 2013.
In addition to Dillon, North Myrtle Beach will face non-Region VII-AAA opponents Loris (Aug. 29 at home), West Brunswick (Sept. 5 at home), Carolina Forest (Sept. 12 at home) and Socastee (Sept. 19 on the road).  After taking a Friday night off, the tough region slate opens with newcomer Lake City on the road (Oct. 3).  NMB will then be at home against Georgetown (Oct. 12), on the road at Wilson (Oct. 17) host St. James (Oct. 24) and finally on the road against defending AAA State Champion Myrtle Beach (Oct. 31).
With Dillon and Myrtle Beach on the schedule, the Chiefs are just one of two teams in South Carolina that will take on two defending State Champions this season.  The other is Irmo, which plays both Northwestern and Dutch Fork.

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Fishing at

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Aunt Anne's with

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Uncle Sonny

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Charlee Johnson of Nichols and her uncle Sonny wanted to get some last minute fishing in last week before school started. Charlee caught more than 25 fish that morning ranging from about five inches to 10 inches long. She threw them all back and said she wanted to catch them next year when they are bigger.

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