Chiefs open season with a win
By Tyler Watkins
The Chiefs take the field to open the 2016 football season.
Photos by Louis Keiner and Lesley Etherson
Reece Finch scores on a 15 yard carry in the second half.
The North Myrtle Beach Chiefs varsity football team began the 2016 season with a bang and a return. Junior Kered Class took the opening kickoff 75 yards to score the first points of the game and season. The Chiefs went on to pick up an early win over perennial state powerhouse and No. 3 ranked (3A) Timberland by a final score of 28-13.
The Chiefs defense held Timberland early and used their multitude of offensive weapons to keep the Wolves scoreless through the first half, while adding to their total. With just three minutes remaining in the half, junior Reece Finch took a 15 yard carry into the end zone, putting the Chiefs ahead by a 14 point margin heading into the locker room.
Timberland looked ready to play and re-energized at the start of the third quarter, putting up their first points of the game midway through on a quarterback keeper by Jacquez Mitchell. The Chiefs responded with a trick play against the two-time state champs, sending Bass wide to receive a reverse pass from Naseem Harrison. The point after kick by senior Andrew Smith kept him perfect for the night and the Chiefs up 21-7.
Tapping into another weapon, Bass tossed a fourth quarter touchdown pass to senior tight end, Cullin Mitchell, that extended the lead to 28-7.
Timberland gave it one more shot and managed a late touchdown with just 9 seconds remaining in the game to put the final at 28-13. Timberland’s point after attempt was blocked.
Kered Class led the Chiefs in rushing with 12 carries for 80 yards total. Quarterback Ronnie Bass went 4 for 10 in passing for 76 yards while Cullin Mitchell had 2 catches for 56 yards.
The Chiefs remain home this Friday night to face the Loris Lions at 7:30 p.m.
If you can’t make it to the game, you can catch all the action live on WRNN 99.5 FM with Tyler Watkins and Wayne White or watch live with streaming audio/video at NMBChiefs.com. Airtime is set for 7 p.m.
Dolphins swim team program set
Swimmers ages five through 18 years of age who want to join the Dolphins Swim Team at the North Myrtle Beach Aquatic & Fitness Center, but who may not be entirely ready to make that jump, are invited to participate in a pre-team program Sept. 6-29 at the center. The program will focus on breathing techniques, stroke development and endurance.
Swimmers must be comfortable in nine feet of water, know how to tread water and be able to swim freestyle and backstroke for 20 yards.
Practice begins Sept. 6. Practice days are Tuesday and Thursday. Practice time is 4 to 4:45 p.m.
Fees are $30 per month for AFC members and $45 for nonmembers.
For more information, call Judy Childers at 843-281-3743 or email Judy at firstname.lastname@example.org.