With veteran roster, North Myrtle Beach football hopes to continue rise

For The Sun NewsAugust 18, 2013 

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North Myrtle Beach running back Delonzo Williams rushed for 1,149 yards and 14 touchdowns in just eight games a year ago.

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  • The scoop

    Coach | Perry Woolbright (5-25 in three seasons at North Myrtle Beach and overall)

    Last year | 5-5, 1-4 Region VII-AAA, fifth place; missed Class AAA playoffs.

    Returning starters | 9 offense/8 defense

    Strengths | This offense made major strides a year ago as players continued to gain experience. The team averaged 20.3 points per game after scoring fewer than nine per contest in 2011. Another significant boost in production should be expected, especially early in the season.

    Weaknesses | There was a considerable drop-off last season during games when quarterback Kendrick Furness and tailback Delonzo Williams were sitting on the sidelines with injuries. Williams added 25 pounds in an effort to stay healthy, but with depth still being a concern, North Myrtle Beach has little wiggle room with its top weapons.

    Three players to watch

    Delonzo Williams, Sr., RB | The tailback had his breakout season as a junior, when he rushed for more than 1,100 yards and 14 touchdowns. Better yet, he did that even though he basically missed two full games.

    Kendrick Furness, Jr., QB | North Myrtle Beach was a better team when Furness was healthy last year. If he stays that way in 2013, the Chiefs’ offense adds another dimension.

    Laquinn Bellamy, Sr., LB | After putting up 126 tackles, 14 tackles for loss and five sacks during his junior season, Bellamy should be considered one of the top linebackers on the Grand Strand entering this year.

  • 2013 schedule

    Date Opponent Time ’12 result
    Aug. 23vs. Waccamaw7:30 p.m.W, 50-14
    Aug. 30at Loris7:30 p.m.L, 26-6
    Sept. 6at West Brunswick (N.C.)7:30 p.m.W, 21-7
    Sept. 20at Mullins7:30 p.m.W, 42-12
    Sept. 27vs. Green Sea Floyds7:30 p.m.W, 34-0
    Oct. 4vs. Socastee7:30 p.m.L, 45-14
    Oct. 11at Georgetown7:30 p.m.L, 34-7
    Oct. 18Vs. Wilson7:30 p.m.L, 17-13
    Oct. 25at St. James7:30 p.m.L, 24-19
    Nov. 1vs. Myrtle Beach7:30 p.m.L, 55-0

  • 2013 roster

    No. Name Pos. Height Weight Grade
    2Keyshawn MooreLB/RB5-1121011
    3Laquinn BellamyLB/RB5-919012
    4Colby GoreFS/WR5-1016511
    5Delonzo WilliamsRB/DB5-919512
    6Tyrique RobinsonWR6-317012
    7Jordan PerryDB/WR5-1017012
    8Cameron GoreWR/FS6-018012
    9Willie GauseDB/WR5-716011
    10Alex LewisDB/WR5-917012
    11Kendrick FurnessQB5-1017511
    12Robert PhiliusLB/TE5-1118512
    13Kyle CooperWR/TE6-319011
    15Treshon CoxLB/RB5-817511
    16Brendan DewittQB/DB5-1016010
    17Cortez AndersonLB/TE5-1118512
    18Ronnie BassQB5-111509
    21Greg JohnsonLB/WR5-1016511
    22Merrill MossWR5-917510
    24Daquan MontgomeryRB5-716010
    25Trey FarmerDB/RB5-917012
    28Jermmaris CoxDB/RB5-816510
    29Andrew SmithK/P5-81559
    30Christian BuisK/P5-815511
    31Trey FordLB5-1016510
    32Eric BellamyRB5-717510
    34Jaqua EvansLB5-916511
    35Randy DavenportLB/RB5-1018010
    44Lucas GravesLB5-918012
    45/75Jacob ChapleauDL5-1020011
    50Tyron WilliamsOL/DL5-1025011
    51Donquial LivingstonDL/OL5-1023012
    52Tyrese PatrickOL/DL5-1023512
    54Chris ColemanOL/DL5-1122010
    55Reashon DiggsDL/OL5-1126011
    56Kendan CrawfordOL/DL6-128510
    61Mackenzie AngelOL6-423012
    62Javon CarneigeOL/DL5-1122012
    64Bryce StanleyOL/DL5-1020010
    68Matt SutherlandOL6-321510
    70Hector LopezOL/DL6-329011
    71Nolan CallahamOL6-327010
    74Noah PinkertonOL/DL5-925010
    77Dezman StanleyDL/OL6-325011
    78Javion ChestnutOL5-920010
    81Cameron KelshawTE6-218510

Perry Woolbright isn’t kidding when he says his players’ confidence level is starting to peak.

Just 21 months removed from the end of back-to-back winless seasons, North Myrtle Beach is not the same squad of guys who failed to win a game for consecutive years. The Chiefs are coming off a five-win 2012 and have a handful of players who would be starting for any Grand Strand high school.

What’s more, the top talent on this roster believes it can compete.

“I feel like we can beat anybody we play. That’s how we feel,” tailback Delonzo Williams said. “We feel like nobody can beat us – no matter who it is.”

Woolbright’s fourth season as a head coach will more than likely be his best yet.

Nine starters return on the offense while another eight are back on defense. Williams, a senior, leads the list of notables after rushing for 1,149 yards and 14 touchdowns in just eight games a year ago. There’s also junior quarterback Kendrick Furness, who threw for a respectable 700 yards and six touchdowns despite battling a high-ankle sprain and missing approximately half of last season.

Receivers Kyle Cooper, Cameron Gore and Colby Gore give Furness plenty of targets on the outside. And the Chiefs’ offensive line was recognized during summer drills as one of the best in the area.

The other side of the ball is nearly as recognizable. Linebackers Laquinn Bellamy and Keyshawn Moore each topped the 100-tackle mark last year. Cameron Gore and five other returners should be able to improve a unit that allowed a better-than-average 23 points per game last year.

It’s part of the evolution of the North Myrtle Beach program, one that in Woolbright’s first season was relying on youth in hopes it would eventually pay off.

“These kids aren’t freshman and sophomores any more. They’re juniors and seniors,” Woolbright said. “There are three-year returning starters who have started since their ninth-grade years. Now, they’re the older kids on the block. They’re bigger, they’re stronger, they’re faster. They’re know they can win now.”

The team’s four on-field victories (a four-point loss to Wilson was eventually overturned due to forfeit) in 2012 could again be matched by the time the non-region slate is completed. The team would be considered the favorite against four of its five non-region opponents.

However, the difference Woolbright wants to see is against Region VII-AAA competition. The team has yet to win one of those games on the field during his three years. Part of that could be attributed to the youth.

That explanation, though, has evaporated.

North Myrtle Beach has its biggest senior class in at least seven years. Many of those 17 seniors are starters. But even the ones who aren’t have done something that wasn’t happening in the past: remained in the program.

“It’s definitely a lot more fun when you win,” Woolbright said. “It was good for me and the staff and the kids. We were able to see the growth from the first year. It’s fun to see their development. Guys like Delonzo and Laquinn, they were little ninth-graders. Now, they’re guys who can take over a game.”

Contact IAN GUERIN at ian@ianguerin.com.

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