North Myrtle Beach blanks Socastee 26-0

North Myrtle Beach's Messiah Gore rushes in the game with Socastee on Friday, Sept. 2o. North Myrtle Beach won 26-0. Photo by Keith Alan Jacobs / info@myhorrynews.com

The North Myrtle Beach Chiefs ran their unbeaten streak to 4-0 this season, defeating the Socastee Braves 26-0 Friday.

A large homecoming crowd saw the No. 3-ranked Chiefs use a stingy defense to hold the Braves to zero net yardage for the game. Meanwhile, the Chiefs used four running backs to notch 202 yards rushing and tacked on another 53 yards in the air.

The two teams kept it scoreless in the first quarter with both teams exchanging punts throughout. But the quick North Myrtle Beach defense began to take a toll on the young Socastee offense. The Braves were plagued with fumbles and bad snaps throughout the night.

Even though the Braves offense couldn’t get on track, their defense proved tough, holding the Chiefs to a 13-0 halftime lead and only allowing one more offensive touchdown. That score came in the third quarter. The Chiefs' other TD came in the third quarter on a fumble recovery in the end zone.

North Myrtle Beach head coach Matt Reel said he was proud of his guys leaving the game with a 4-0 record, but he knows there’s still a lot of room for improvement with region play looming on the horizon.

“Our defense had a strong effort tonight holding them to zero yards,” Reel said. “Offensively, we shot ourselves in the foot, especially with penalties at crucial times, most of those in the red zone.”

Reel said the Chiefs are a young team “that finds a way to win.”

North Myrtle Beach has a bye next week then heads to Bennettsville to take on Marlboro County.

After Friday's game, he told his team they should be proud to leave with a 4-0 record, but it doesn’t matter when it comes to making the playoffs against region foes.

“We’ll work hard the next two weeks,” Reel said. “Marlboro County will be waiting on us and they’re always a good team.”

Socastee (0-3) hosts Georgetown next week.

Contact Charles D. Perry at 843-488-7236

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