The North Myrtle Beach football team allowed more than 400 yards of total offense Friday night.
Luckily for the Chiefs, they had four takeaways and made stops in key spots to negate many of that yardage.
North Myrtle Beach had three interceptions and a fumble recovery en route to a 34-13 win over Camden to improve to 6-0.
“They were a very high-powered offense and their quarterback’s a very good quarterback,” coach Blair Hardin said. “I thought our defense did a good job in the red zone, really holding them to three- and four-and-outs at times. So I was really proud of our defense.”
The Bulldogs piled up 421 total yards of offense, including 362 yards through the air. However, the Chiefs got interceptions from Dondre Thompson, Reece Finch and Tyler Gore, who ran his back 70 yards.
It helped negate what was a big night for Camden quarterback Devin Beckley, who finished 20-for-40 for 362 yards, two touchdowns and two picks. The Bulldogs’ Jericho Murphy threw one pass, which was intercepted.
North Myrtle Beach also had three sacks, one each from Marcelous Livingston, Jerrell Dease and Kwame Livingston, who had 14 total tackles and two for loss.
Offensively, the Chiefs gained 386 yards, a balanced attack of 230 rushing yards and 156 through the air.
After falling behind 7-0 in the first quarter, North Myrtle Beach claimed the lead in the second quarter to go up 13-7 at halftime. The Chiefs then pushed the lead to 27-6 in the fourth quarter.
“I thought that our guys really responded well in the second half,” Hardin said. “Our guys did a good job of just finishing plays and making plays and just doing their jobs. It was just a hard-fought game in a hostile environment and our guys just found a way.”
North Myrtle Beach’s T.J. Gore ran nine times for 98 yards and two touchdowns, Kered Class ran 14 times for 61 yards and quarterback Ronnie Bass ran nine times for 51 yards.
Bass was 10-for-21 for 156 yards, three touchdowns and an interception through the air.
Cullin Mitchell (three catches, 57 yards), Tyler Gore (three for 36) and Finch (two for 29) each had touchdown catches for the Chiefs, who finished non-region play 6-0.
“They’ve matured through each game, but we still want to grow and get better in every phase,” Hardin said. “I think our guys are hungry for region play, but we still have room for improvement in some areas.”
North Myrtle Beach will indeed have its plate full next week when it heads to Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium next Friday to take on Myrtle Beach, also 6-0.
“It’s a big rival. They’re obviously very well coached and they’ve got a rich tradition,” Hardin said. “It’s going to be a tough ballgame. We’ve got our work cut out for us, but it’s going to be a great challenge for our program.”
C–Jorien Watson 26 pass from Devin Beckley (Will Warnock kick)
NMB – Tyler Gore 26 pass from Ronnie Bass (Andrew Smith kick blocked)
NMB – T.J. Gore 2 run (Smith kick)
NMB – Reece Finch 22 pass from Bass (Smith kick)
NMB – Cullin Mitchell 25 pass from Bass (Smith kick)
C – Watson 71 pass from Beckley (Warnock kick)
NMB – T.J. Gore 39 run (Smith kick)
Rushing: North Myrtle Beach: T.J. Gore 9-98, Kered Class 14-61, Ronnie Bass 9-51, Dondre Thompson 1-12, Stephon Wilson 1-4, Deondre Chas 1-3, Nick Vereen 1-1. Camden: Jericho Murphy 16-29, Lance McCray 10-26, Shymeik Corbett 1-3, Avery Barnes 1-2, Devin Beckley 7-0, Deldrik Jones 2-(-1).
Passing: North Myrtle Beach: Ronnie Bass 10-21-1 156. Camden: 20-40-2 362, Jericho Murphy 0-1-1 0.
Receiving: North Myrtle Beach: Cullin Mitchell 3-57, Tyler Gore 3-36, Reece Finch 2-29, Chris Johnson 1-31, Dondre Thompson 1-3. Camden: Avery Barnes 8-120, Jorien Watson 6-182, Jericho Murphy 2-37, Deldrik Jones 2-6, Devin Beckley 1-13, Davea’ Cauthen 1-4.