Socastee's school colors are black and gold, but on Friday night the Braves' true hues were Brown and Brown.
Socastee running backs Michquan and Daquan Brown, no relation except for their late-game heroics, combined for 160 rushing yards and two fourth-quarter touchdowns to lead the Braves to a 21-14 comeback victory over the Chiefs.
"Coach [Tim Renfrow} was telling us at halftime that we've got to keep pounding the ball at them and wear them down," said Michquan Brown, who scored both the game-tying and winning touchdowns for Socastee. "We just kept running the ball and working hard to make the plays when we had to."
Socastee repeatedly rode the back of fullback P.J. Brave to soften the Chiefs inside, but trailing 14-7 in the fourth quarter the Braves turned to their speedy tailbacks in search of a big play. Michquan Brown delivered with a 48-yard touchdown run midway through the final period to tie the game at 14.
After both teams threw late interceptions, Socastee got the final break when North Myrtle Beach quarterback Timmy Bellamy was ruled to have fumbled near midfield. Daquan Brown broke free for a big gain to the Chiefs' 1-yard line to set up Michquan Brown's game-winning TD dive in the final minute.
"Oh, there was panic," Michquan Brown admitted. "I was worried we weren't going to get the ball back there at the end, but when we did we took advantage of it."
Socastee came out making it look like it might be an easy night against the winless Chiefs. The Braves took their first offensive possession on a 12-play, 80-yard touchdown drive - all on the ground - capped by Brave's 1-yard dive for an early 7-0 advantage, but North Myrtle Beach held down Socastee's option attack.
The Chiefs answered midway trough the second quarter after Temarrick Hemingway caught a 36-yard pass from Timmy Bellamy to set up a first-and-goal situation. Bellamy scrambled his way into the end zone from 3 yards out three plays later to tie the game 7-all at halftime.
North Myrtle Beach capitalized on a Socastee fumble near its own goal line midway through the third quarter and the Chiefs put together a seven-play, 97-yard drive to take a 14-7 edge, just the second time this season they have led a ballgame. They had several opportunities to seal the game, but four turnovers spelled their demise.
"Our guys need to keep their heads up," said first-year North Myrtle Beach coach Perry Woolbright. "We've improved every week and we need to take the hurt they're feeling from this game and get ready for next week."
The Chiefs (0-6 overall, 0-1 Region VII-AAA) face Georgetown next week in search of their first win under Woolbright while the Braves (2-4, 1-0) got off to a good start in region play before facing rival and Region VII-AAA favorite Myrtle Beach next week.