Ramsey Lewis

Ramsey Lewis plays for the North Myrtle Beach Chiefs.

There are many questions about the North Myrtle Beach offense this season.

Most of the answers involve Ramsey Lewis.

“He’s a huge piece,” Chiefs coach Matt Reel said. “And I think the biggest thing is his mentality about it. He doesn’t care. He’ll go back and play running back and smile and do his job or he’ll go play quarterback. He’s a team-first guy.”

Last year, Lewis rushed for 600 yards and four touchdowns. He also returned punts and kickoffs and played on the defensive side of the ball as well. With the graduation of two-year starter Cason McClendon, Lewis will likely split time between running back and quarterback duties.

“Obviously he’s a dynamic playmaker for us,” Reel said. “As far as our triple option offense, having him at quarterback changes things a little bit for us, something we haven’t been able to do the last couple of years.”

Lewis said he’s adjusting to the quarterback role.

“I’m growing into it,” he said. “Quarterback … you take a lot of responsibility. You take most of the blame, even if you didn’t do it. It’s part of the position. It’s fine. You get to touch the ball every play. That’s the best part.”

Lewis has an offer from Presbyterian College to play football there, but he hasn’t decided where he will go after graduation. He has some military members in his family, and he has considered joining the U.S. Air Force.

As for his senior season, Lewis said the Chiefs have a strong group of running backs, though they are young at the wideout positions. The defense is also a younger group.

However, Lewis said there is good chemistry among the veteran players. He likes having a supportive role.

“I can make everybody else better on the field,” he said. “I encourage people a lot. People will put their heads down. I encourage them to pick it up, keep on playing. Next play mentality.”

Contact Charles D. Perry at 843-488-7236

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