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Smallest man in the huddle playing big role in North Myrtle Beach’s early success

What inspires NMB's Kered Class? Here's what he said.

Kered Class has started the season on fire for North Myrtle Beach. He lets us in on who is the reason for him playing at a high level thus far.
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Kered Class has started the season on fire for North Myrtle Beach. He lets us in on who is the reason for him playing at a high level thus far.

For a star, getting Kered Class to talk about himself can be quite an arduous task.

Shortly after another 100-yard rushing performance, the unassuming senior running back was more interested in sharing the glory with his teammates and family, understanding such things are not accomplished alone.

“It’s not all about me,” he said. “I’m going to say my team is always there for me, they always support me. My family is always there to support me, and pushing me.”

If true humility is thinking of others more than themselves, Class’ performance over the course of the past two seasons is certainly reaping quite a reward.

Part of a dynamic duo in the North Myrtle Beach backfield with T.J. Gore, Class rushed for more than 800 yards and seven touchdowns a season ago. His effort played a key role in the Chiefs setting a new high mark for the football program with 11 wins.

Through three games, his 332 yards and two touchdowns put him on well on pace to surpass last year’s career high. According to Class, such play has more to do with paying back those who believed in him when no one else did.

“If they support me, I’m going to always support them,” he said. “Being a Chief comes first, family comes first. And if they’re going to support me, I’m going to support them and show it out (on the football field) by giving all I got.”

Standing 5-8, 160 pounds, there isn’t much that seems all that imposing about Class. Yet, the diminutive running back has found ways to make big gainers quite routine.

I love surprising (people) because it isn’t about how big you are, who benches the most, or who is the fastest kid on the team. It’s just about how much heart you have. If you’re motivated, you can be the smallest kid here and still be the best.

North Myrtle Beach running back Kered Class

Already on his resume this season is a 94-yard run against Loris for a touchdown. While much shorter, his 36-yard run last week against West Brunswick (N.C.) set up another score.

“I love surprising (people) because it isn’t about how big you are, who benches the most, or who is the fastest kid on the team,” Class said. “It’s just about how much heart you have. If you’re motivated, you can be the smallest kid here and still be the best.

“If you have the dream to do it and believe in yourself, you can do whatever you want. You have the fans, your team out here to support you with it.”

Despite a change at the top of the North Myrtle Beach program, Class said nothing has changed for he or his teammates as new head man Matt Reel has picked up right where former coach Blair Hardin left off.

“(Reel) has always been here,” the Chiefs senior running back said. “We didn’t have to change anything because we’ve had the same coaches.”

After three games on the road to open the season, Class and his North Myrtle Beach teammates will take the field for a clash with Carvers Bay, which has its own title aspirations in Class 2A.

Said Class: “I can’t wait for it. Our team has been crazy for it. … We’re ready for it, I know we are.”

Joe L. Hughes II: 843-444-1702, @JoeLHughesII

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