High School Football

Brown leads Loris football team past North Myrtle Beach

Loris used a powerful ground game and stifling defense to roll to a 44-0 win Friday night over North Myrtle Beach.

The main source of the power for the Lions (2-0) was R.J. Brown, who rushed for 141 yards on 22 carries with four touchdowns.

"We had a lazy practice and we knew we had to come out and play hard. ... We just played it out. The line just kept fighting and I had to get on it," Brown said.

Back-to-back series in the third quarter exemplified the differences between the teams.

After a seven-play drive from the Chiefs (0-2) that included the team's first first down of the night but ended with a punt, Loris took over at its own 23-yard line and strung together a seven-play drive that saw the Lions' fullbacks and linemen plow open running lanes and was capped by a 42-yard run off right tackle by Fred Bryant, a facemask call against North Myrtle Beach, and four carries from Brown, including a 5-yard scoring run that put the Lions ahead 30-0.

"The thing that people don't realize is how good a job our fullbacks do. Our fullbacks do a great job of blocking, our offensive line has done a good job. It's been a total group effort on offense," Lions coach Jimmy Longerbeam said.

It was nearly the opposite for North Myrtle Beach when it got the ball back.

Trey Cox returned the kickoff 25 yards to the Chiefs' 40 and a flag against Loris for a horse collar tackle had the Chiefs in Loris territory with a chance to finally get on the board.

But after a 6-yard gain on a keeper from quarterback Timmy Bellamy, Bellamy was flagged for intentional grounding after lining up in the shotgun, giving the Chiefs a 3-and-13 from the Lions 48, which became a third-and-eight after a defensive offsides, but Bellamy lost a yard on his next carry and picked up five yards on a fourth-and-9 play to turn the ball over on downs.

That was the way the game played out most of the night, as Loris pounded forward while the Chiefs were stuck in neutral.

For the second straight game North Myrtle Beach had less than 100 yards of offense. Bellamy paced the Chiefs with 13 carries for 34 yards and was 3-of-7 passing for 6 yards.

"Our guys haven't quit the last two weeks," first year Chiefs coach Perry Woolbright said. "We knew coming that we weren't good enough to overcome mistakes if we had a bunch of them. We turned it over five times last week and I think probably had five again this week. We're just not good enough to overcome that."

Loris' defense has yet to allow a touchdown in two games this season, while the Chiefs have yet to score one.

"We thought at the beginning of the year we had a pretty good chance to be good defensively," Longerbeam said. "They've done a real good job the first two games, but we've got to keep working."

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