High School Football

Conway opens football season with romp of North Myrtle Beach

On Thursday, Conway coach Chuck Jordan joked that while he was ready for his season opener against North Myrtle Beach, he wasn't sure if his players were.

No worries, coach.

The Tigers lit up North Myrtle Beach and first-year coach Perry Woolbright early and often before cruising to a 35-0 win Friday night. Conway's defense, expected to be a major strength, was downright stifling.

North Myrtle Beach had just one yard of offense in the opening quarter and by the time the Chiefs got their first first down of the game - with 6:41 left in the opening half - Conway was already up by four touchdowns.

It was the type of dominating performance Jordan was hoping for, especially after the Tigers beat North Myrtle Beach by just seven points in last year's season opener. This clearly wasn't the same Conway team it was in 2009.

"We all worked together and we played hard," Conway defensive back Devonte Gore said after the impressive performance. "It felt good. ... We're getting better. We can go a long way, as long as we stay [together] as a team."

The Tigers pressured Chiefs starting quarterback Timmy Bellamy into a frustrating night. He completed one of his nine pass attempts, threw a pair of interceptions and was running without protection most of the night.

Meanwhile, the Tigers rode sophomore Mykal Moody and his athletic ability on offense. The shifty quarterback helped Conway to a 28-0 halftime lead by throwing a pair of touchdown passes and running for another. He had 192 yards of total offense before the break, and he was able to come out of the game early in the third quarter.

A lot of that had to do with the defense and special teams giving the offense some short fields to work with. Three of the Tigers' touchdowns came after the offense drove 35 yards or less, including a 6-yard scoring series in the second quarter.

"Confidence breeds confidence," Jordan said. "I think you're going to see Mykal get better and better. But the bottom line is you have people around you who can do things. He's got a better line in front of him."

It showed, and it helped him rack up two passing touchdowns and another rushing. Tailback Chris Brantley added a pair of rushing touchdowns.

The Tigers were effective on their very first drive of the game, until the very end, at least. Conway moved 68 yards down to the Chiefs' one-yard line before getting stuffed on three consecutive plays.

North Myrtle Beach couldn't sustain that energy, however. Moments later, after an interception and a bunch of running plays, Brantley scored the team's first points of the season when he capped off a short drive with a 6-yard touchdown.

The Tigers just didn't think that's all it would take.

On Friday, it was enough.

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