In the words of pro wrestling legend Ric Flair: “To be the man, you have to beat the man.”
North Myrtle Beach took its first step toward doing just that on Thursday, weathering a furious Myrtle Beach rally for a 24-19 win.
Up 18 points in the fourth quarter, the Chiefs saw their lead cut to five courtesy of a pair of Lawson Cribb touchdown passes to Chunk Grissett.
After a fumble by North Myrtle Beach running back Kered Class gave the Seahawks one last chance, Chiefs defensive back Tyler Gore put things on ice with an interception with 50 seconds remaining.
“(I was thinking) just find a way, somehow find a way. Somebody step up and make a play like we normally have,” said North Myrtle Beach football coach Matt Reel. “We did a lot of stuff to shoot ourselves in the foot. You’re looking and watching like, ‘Is this clock ever going to shut off?’ So put faith in your guys and go back to what you do every single day and our guys made a play for us.”
For Myrtle Beach, it was all about missed opportunities. The Seahawks were unable to capitalize on two trips to the red zone.
“It was great game, but we left so many points on the field,” Myrtle Beach football coach Mickey Wilson said. “We’ve come a long way, but we have a ways to go from being a championship ball club.”
Tyron Stockdale’s 17-yard touchdown reception from Cason McClendon capped a 97-yard drive by North Myrtle Beach, allowing it to take a 17-6 lead in the second quarter. The scoring march came after the Chiefs stopped Myrtle Beach on fourth down at the 3-yard line.
Tyron Stockdale, North Myrtle Beach: Caught seven passes for 220 yards and three touchdowns for the Chiefs.
Cason McClendon, North Myrtle Beach: Completed 12 of his 15 passes for 296 yards and three touchdowns.
Lawson Cribb, Myrtle Beach: Despite taking hit after hit by the North Myrtle Beach defense, he completed 28 of his 60 passes for 408 yards and three touchdowns.
By the numbers
Red zone opportunities for Myrtle Beach in the game.
Penalties against North Myrtle Beach for 135 yards in the game.
Pass attempts by Myrtle Beach quarterback Lawson Cribb
They said it
“We have to get better at taking charge at situations like 24-6. You put the dagger in somebody and get the job done. We didn’t get it done, and you saw what happened ... it was anyone’s ball game in the last 30 seconds.” - North Myrtle Beach football coach Matt Reel
“We’re not quite ready to win a championship, but we have three games to try to get that point.” - Myrtle Beach football coach Mickey Wilson
“I knew I was getting the ball ... I knew as soon as the play was called I was getting the ball.” - North Myrtle Beach wide receiver Tyron Stockdale
Myrtle Beach (3-4): vs. St. James
North Myrtle Beach (7-0): at Wilson (Oct. 13)
NMB — Cason McClendon 90 pass to Tyron Stockdale (Andrew Smith kick)
NMB — Smith 35 kick
MB — Lawson Cribb to 34 pass Luke Doty (kick failed)
NMB — McClendon 17 pass to Stockdale (Smith kick)
NMB — McClendon 50 pass to Stockdale (Smith kick)
MB — Cribb 19 pass to Chunk Grissett (conversion failed)
MB — Cribb 4 pass to Grissett (Chad Toone kick)
Rushing: MB — Jermani Green 11-48; Luke Doty 2-11. NMB — Kered Class 17-68; T.J. Gore 6-34.
Passing: MB —Lawson Cribb 28-60-2, 408 yards, 3 TD. NMB — Cason McClendon 12-15-0, 296 yards, 3 TD.
Receiving: MB — Luke Doty 8-122, TD; Chunk Grissett 6-107, 2 TD. NMB — Tyron Stockdale 7-220, 3 TD; Naseem Harrison 2-51.