Blair Hardin made a point to make taking care of the football a priority this week in practice.
North Myrtle Beach, which had five turnovers against Conway in the CNB Kickoff Classic, faces a Dillon team notorious for preying on opponents’ mistakes in Week 0 this Friday.
“Those are things we can fix,” the second-year Chiefs coach said. “In our option game, we didn’t have any fumbles. We just didn’t protect the football in the open field.
“We’ve got to get better at the small things. [Conway] has some really good players. But you have to protect the football. That’s just the game of football.”
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North Myrtle Beach quarterback Ronnie Bass threw two picks – both across the middle of the field. The Chiefs also lost three fumbles; one was behind the line of scrimmage and the other two were after players had broken away from the pack.
North Myrtle Beach actually lost a fourth fumble against Conway, but the play was nullified. If the Chiefs do anything close to that Friday, it may equate to a lopsided loss. Dillon has won three consecutive state championships and five in the last seven seasons.
The Wildcats defeated North Myrtle Beach 56-16 last season.
HTC football game of the week
HTC will be making a leap with its high school football coverage this fall, something that actually began with last week’s CNB Kickoff Classic.
Each week, HTC will air its Game of the Week. This year, for the first time, the games will also be broadcast on Channel 4, as well as on HTCConnect.com.
Longtime local radio and television personality Allen Smothers will be serving as the play-by-play host.
This week, HTC will head to St. James for the Sharks’ game against Loris. The Lions will then be involved in next week’s as well when they play host to North Myrtle Beach.