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NMB Chiefs fall to


Carolina Forest


Panthers Friday night


Photos by Louis E. Keiner and Lesley M. Etherson
Friday night the North Myrtle Beach Chiefs played host to the Carolina Forest Panthers at the Hank Hester Sports Complex at NMB High School. In the rain delayed game and on a wet and soggy playing surface the game was tied 14-14 at the half. Kyle Cooper is shown carrying the ball and being tackled by Panthers players. The final score was 34-21 with the Panthers winning.

By Tyler Watkins
On a rain drenched Friday night, the North Myrtle Beach Chiefs fell to the Carolina Forest Panthers 34-21 to fall to 1-3 on the season.
The game saw several weather delays before beginning just after 9 p.m. leaving the field in a soggy, slippery condition.
The Panthers came out strong in the first quarter, putting up consecutive scores off a 12-yard pass to James Long from Will Brunson and a short touchdown run by Dyverse Simmons to jump out to a 14-0 lead.
But the Chiefs battled back to tie it up at halftime, thanks to an interception by Colby Gore that was nearly a pick-six before he was tackled at the goal line. Kendrick Furness used a quarterback sneak to cut the deficit in half, and he later hit Kyle Cooper for a touchdown pass to even it up at 14—all headed into halftime.
The Panthers scored three unanswered touchdowns to take control. Brunson, who doubles as the punter, threw a 63-yard touchdown pass to Victory Woods on a faked punt, and the two hooked up again on a pass deflection that bounced in Woods’ hands from 32 yards out.
North Myrtle Beach tried to make it close and drove deep in Panthers’ territory only to be turned away. The Chiefs lost the ball on downs, then Carolina Forest’s Napier Armstrong intercepted Furness and ran the length of the field before being ruled down at the 1. Simmons did the honors from 1 yard out to make it 34-14 in the fourth quarter.
Gore answered with a 90-yard touchdown return on the ensuing kickoff, but North Myrtle Beach couldn’t overcome its turnovers and mistakes to get any closer. Carolina Forest stopped the Chiefs final drive and ran out the clock to pick up their second win of the season and second in a row after defeating St James last week.
Head coach Blair Hardin was visibly disappointed after the game. “We had 49 yards rushing to 155,” said Hardin. “We’ve got to be better running between the tackles and outside. We had 12 penalties. Penalties and turnovers have been our Achilles.
“I know we are young in areas, but you can’t make excuses. I thought our kids played tough and hard tonight, but we’ve got some areas that must be fixed.
“Late in the third quarter and fourth, we had two touchdowns called back and that didn’t help.“
The Chiefs were led by Kendrick Furness who went 11/28 for 138 yards passing with 1TD, 1 INT. Dequan Montgomery had 9 carries for 21 yards. Kyle Cooper led receivers with 5 receptions for 55 yards and 1 TD.  Tyler Gore had 2 interceptions on defense.
The Chiefs are on the road at Socastee Friday night. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. You can catch the action live on WRNN 99.5 FM or live streaming audio and video at NMBChiefs.com courtesy of Sandhills Bank. The Charlie Stuart State Farm, North Myrtle Beach Chiefs radio network airtime is set for 7 p.m.