It might be called a bounce-back game, but the North Myrtle Beach Chiefs made it clear Friday that last week’s loss to the Socastee Braves wouldn’t sting for long.
“They weren’t satisfied not coming out with that win last Friday,” said North Myrtle Beach coach Perry Woolbright, after his team’s dominating 35-0 road victory over the Georgetown Bulldogs.
“They came in hungry this weekend to really start fast and get that first region win,” he said.
The matchup began inauspiciously for the Chiefs (6-1, 1-1), with a three-and-out on their first possession, but it quickly became clear the game wasn’t about offense. The Chiefs forced three turnovers, two of which were Jordan Perry interceptions. Perry took the first 38 yards to the 1-yard line, in the first quarter and his second went 76 yards for a score.
The defensive dominance effectively took any air that may have remained out of the Bulldogs’ sails.
“It’s just good to get up early, help your offense out and put pressure on the other team,” said Perry, who also forced a fumble and thought he missed out on another TD.
“I thought I hit the pylon, but I guess I missed it – I don’t know.”
As the Chiefs defense smothered the Bulldogs (4-3, 1-1), their offensive attack simply had to drive the nail into the coffin – an activity they took pleasure in doing, again, and again and again.
Quarterback Kendrick Furness continued his efficient play, completing all nine of his passes for 115 yards and a touchdown. It was his 32-yard TD pass to Cameron Gore on fourth down in the first quarter that opened up the scoring and set the tone for how the night would go.
“I know it’s a limited amount of times I get to throw the ball, so I just try to make the most of it,” Furness said, noting that his touchdown to Gore came with the help of a busted coverage assignment. “Our defense just helps us a lot of offense. Once our defense gets on them – if they can’t score they can’t win. So that makes it a lot easier on us.”
Running back Delonzo Williams also put in a solid night’s work, pounding out 68 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries. Senior Laquinn Bellamy contributed 35 yards and a touchdown on seven carries.
Furness didn’t mince words when asked if Williams’ ability to pound the ball into the line for chunks of yards makes his job easier.
“Yes sir,” he said.
As for Georgetown, the numbers weren’t anything to write home about.
After a massive offensive performance against St. James last week, the Bulldogs managed just 93 yards on the night.
Daquan Gibson was the leader on offense before departing with an injury, running for 32 yards on 10 carries. The Bulldogs starting quarterback, Jarvis Brown, also left with an injury. Jordan Manigault took brunt of the workload in the second half, pounding out 46 yards on nine carries.
“We don’t make excuses, it is what it is; we’re fighting our butts off trying to find a way to get it done,” coach Bradley Adams said, noting that both injuries could lead to the players missing time. “[Manigault’s] going to have to be the guy to lean on with what we have left.”
For North Myrtle Beach, the win couldn’t have gone much smoother. The special teams play that hurt the Chiefs against Socastee with two blocked punts was error-free on Friday, and Christian Buis nailed all five of his extra-point attempts. The Chiefs set their sights next on a Wilson team that beat St. James Thursday and will have an extra day of rest.
“They’re sitting at 1-1 just like we are,” Woolbright said. “People are going to start getting separated [in the region] next week, so it’s important for us to come back and get another win.”
NMB: Cameron Gore 32 pass from Kendrick Furness (Christian Buis kick), 6:11
NMB: Delonzo Williams 4 run (Buis kick), 0:24
NMB: Williams 14 run (Buis kick), 9:33
NMB: Jordan Perry 56 interception return (Buis kick), 7:18
NMB: Laquinn Bellamy 1 run (Buis kick) 4:25
RUSHING—North Myrtle Beach: Delonzo Williams, 17-68, two TDS; Laquinn Bellamy 7-35, TD; GT - Jordan Manigault, 9-46; Daquan Gibson, 10-32.
PASSING—North Myrtle Beach: Kendrick Furness, 9-of-9, 79 yards, TD.
RECEIVING—North Myrtle Beach: Cameron Gore, 7-96.