Kendrick Furness had a stellar evening in leading the North Myrtle Beach Chiefs to its third win of the season.
Furness had two running scores and two passing scores as the Chiefs beat Mullins 42-12.
“It was a big win. It was great,” North Myrtle Beach coach Perry Woolbright said. “We really came out and played a great first half. We came out flat in the second half. But, Mullins did a great job by getting two quick scores in the second half.”
Furness accounted for three scores in a 28-point first half for North Myrtle Beach. He connected with Delonzo Williams on a 71-yard screen pass in the first quarter. In the second, Furness hit Cameron Gore for a 17-yard score and then had a two-run score. In all, Furness finished the night 13-20 for 233 yards.
Williams added two other scores. He started the scoring spree by the Chiefs with a two yard run in the first quarter. In the fourth quarter, Williams scored North Myrtle Beach’s first points of the second half on a 50-yard run. Williams finished the night with 200 rushing yards on 28 carries and 117 yards receiving on four receptions.
“Our offense has been doing well all year,” Woolbright said. “The biggest thing is not turning the ball over. The thing is this year we are getting our personnel where they needed to be. Our offensive line is really doing it for us because we only had five lineman.”
The Chiefs defense played a big role in Friday’s win, too.
North Myrtle Beach gave up just 23 yards rushing and 69 yards passing. It also had an interception on the evening. Mullins only scores came on a blocked punt return and a 15 yard pass from Fabian Carroll to B.J. Johnson, which was setup by a muffed punt.
“Our defense played lights out tonight,” Woolbright said. “We’ve been preaching it all year. Our defense may have only given up 100 yards all night. They have been playing real well for us all year.”
NMB-Delonzo Williams 2 run (Kevin Mooney kick), 7:55
NMB-Williams 71 pass from Kendrick Furness (Mooney kick), 4:17
NMB-Cameron Gore 17 pass from Furness (Mooney kick), 8:28
NMB-Furness 2 run (Mooney kick), 5:32
M-B.J. Johnson 15 pass from Fabian Carroll (kick blocked), 10:37
M-Justin Hamilton 40 punt block return (run failed), 5:40
NMB-Williams 50 run (Mooney kick), 9:05
NMB-Furness 11 run (Mooney kick), 4:16
•(At) Andrews 42, C.E. Murray 14
| The Yellow Jackets scored two early touchdowns, one on the ground and one in the air, and ran away with a victory over C.E. Murray.
Jaleel Filmore scored three rushing touchdowns (12 yards, 16 yards, 15 yards) to lead Andrews.
A-Filmore 12 run (Santos kick)
A-Monty McCrea 32 pass from Ethan Wright (Santos kick)
M-Darius Chandler 98 INT return (kick failed)
A-Filmore 16 run (Santos kick)
A-Filmore 15 run (Santos kick)
A-Johnel Grant 3 run (Santos kick)
A-Wright 34 run (Santos kick)
M-Dexter George 42 run (Jamel Hugee pass from George)
•Socastee 48, (at) Lake View 12
| With non-region play in the books, the Socastee Braves football team is still undefeated after a win over Lake View. Socastee will have a bye week before playing North Myrtle Beach in Region VIII-AAA play.
“It’s good to be 5-0 but [non-region] play is over,” Socastee coach Tim Renfrow said. “We got next week off to get ready for region play. We’ve definitely made progress from the beginning of the season and it’s good to be undefeated but all of that starts over with region play.”
Renfrow believes the team has honed its skill from the beginning of the season, but still has room for improvement.
“We have to work on the kicking game,” Renfrow said. “But football is about tackling and blocking so those are two things we need to keep working on.”
The Braves have won some tough games thus far - defeating West Brunswick, Lake City and Class AAAA teams Conway and Carolina Forest.
“I think we’ve done a better job protecting the football,” Renfrow said. “We have a better defense and we’re tackling a little bit better. Those two things I think we’ve improved on.”