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North Myrtle Beach football off to 7-0 start


By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Little River – Don’t look now but the North Myrtle Beach football team is off to a 7-0 start under first-year head coach Matt Reel and the Chiefs are the second-ranked team in Class AAAA.

Reel took over as head coach last spring when Blair Hardin left for River Bluff. Reel was an assistant under Hardin and was the logical choice to become the top man in the program.

The Chiefs, winners of 11 games last season, look to be a true state title contender in Class AAAA this season. They have recorded solid victories over Timberland, Loris, West Brunswick, Socastee, Carver’s Bay, Camden and most recently their rivals – Myrtle Beach.

The 24-19 win over Myrtle Beach was a long time coming, especially at home where the Chiefs had not beaten their rivals since 2001. Myrtle Beach entered the contest on September 27 having won nine of the previous 10 meetings.

“It’s a huge win for our program, for our kids, for our school and this community,” Reel said. “We hung in there somehow. These kids believed they could win this game. It started in the summer with the workouts and carried into our non-region schedule. Phase three is the region and we got off to a good start tonight.”

Indeed, the Chiefs are 1-0 in region 7-AAAA heading into a bye week. They have region games remaining with Wilson, Marlboro County and St. James before starting the lower state playoffs.

Reel admits he is not surprised that his team is undefeated after seven games. He says this year’s team is a special group.

“We have a lot of guys back with a lot of experience but they also are very dedicated young men who work really hard,” the coach said. “They play together. They are very unselfish. They got a taste last year of winning and they came back in the offseason and really went to work. They have earned this so far.”

Offensively, junior quarterback Cason McClendon has been steady and solid. The 6-4, 200-pounder has passed for 955 yards and 12 touchdowns in the first seven games, including a 296-yard effort with three scores in the win over Myrtle Beach.

Tyron Stockdale, a junior, is the team’s top receiver with 20 catches for 552 yards and five touchdowns. Tyler Gore, Derrien Holmes, Derion Conyers, Naseem Harrison and Christen Henderson also figure into the passing game.

Senior Kered Class is the team’s top rusher with 784 yards and nine touchdowns but the Chiefs have depth in the ground game as well with Ramsey Lewis, TJ Gore, Zyon Bell and Nick Vereen all contributing.

Three seniors – Boyce Smith, Hayden O’Kelley and Dalton Williams – are starting along the offensive line, along with juniors Michael Bennett and Paul Gerald.

Senior Kwame Livingston (6-2, 240) and junior Marcelous Livingston (6-1, 220) anchor the defensive front, combining for more than 20 tackles for loss and nearly 10 sacks in the first seven games.

The senior linebacking corps of Stephon Wilson, Dominic Vereen and Rahsaan Vereen also rack up loads of tackles. Working in the back are Class, Tyler Gore, Holmes and Harrison. Gore has three interceptions this season.




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