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North Myrtle Beach football posts record-setting season

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Little River – The best football season in school history ended in disappointment for the North Myrtle Beach Chiefs as the quest for a perfect season fell short in a third-round Class AAAA playoff loss to Berkeley.

The Chiefs finished with a 12-1 record, the best record in school history, and established a few other records during the campaign.

Senior running back Kered Class became the school’s career rushing leader, finishing with more than 3,400 yards on the ground. His 16 touchdowns during 2017 was a season record for the program, as was his 96 points scored. Class also was selected to play in the North-South all-star game as a member of the South squad.

Senior two-way lineman Kwame Livingston also played in the all-star game and earned AAAA all-state honors by the High School Sports Report. He posted more than 26 tackles for loss and 13 sacks during the 2017 season.

Freshman placekicker Zane Smith, also a AAAA all-state pick by the High School Sports Report, set a single-season kick scoring record with 86 points. Smith booted 10 field goals this season and punted for nearly a 40-yard average.

Junior quarterback Cason McClendon finished with more than 1,800 yards passing and tossed 25 touchdown passes. He and junior receiver Tyron Stockdale will be a major tandem in 2018. Stockdale caught 36 passes for 783 yards and 10 scores this fall.

Joining Livingston as defensive leaders this season were senior linebacker Stephon Wilson (80 tackles, 7 fumble recoveries) and senior end Marcellous Livingston, who had 16 tackles for loss and nine sacks.

Winter Sports Underway

The 2017-18 winter sports campaign is underway at North Myrtle Beach and one of the teams off to a hot start is the girls basketball program, under the direction of first-year head coach Brooke Smith. Despite a relatively youthful roster, the squad won seven of their first eight games. The Chiefs finished 14-10 last season and lost six seniors.

Freshman Daveona Hatchell is expected to be a key offensive threat this season after averaging about six points per game as an eighth-grader. Sophomores Jordan Belger and Jenna Belger also have playing experience and will be counted on more this season.

The lone seniors on the roster this season are Shania Cox and Jevelyn Cox.

The wrestling team begins the season as the eighth-ranked team in Class AAAA by scmat.com. Some of the top returning grapplers are seniors Tanner Collins, Brennan Michael, Rahsaan Vereen, Kwame Livingston and Brandon Reisen. Junior Curtis Wolfe also returns as a two-time state qualifier.

Michael, Reisen and Vereen also are two-time state qualifiers while Livingston was third in the 2017 state tournament at 285 pounds. Collins was a state qualifier last season at 138 pounds.

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