North Myrtle Beach football preview

LITTLE RIVER – North Myrtle Beach had a bittersweet ending to last football season, and they’ve worked hard to make sure it’s totally sweet in 2015.

The Chiefs upset rival Myrtle Beach in their regular season finale but turned around and fell at home to Midland Valley in the first round of the Class 3A playoffs.

That finish has driven them this offseason.

“I know we have very good potential,” quarterback Ronnie Bass said. “Beating Myrtle Beach, it meant a lot to us. It gave us kind of a boost, I guess you could call it, into this year. We’re really excited. Midland Valley was a tough game to end on, though.”

Bass started the final four games of 2014 and played a big role in a late season surge. The Chiefs started the year 1-4, but won three of their final four including the upset of the Seahawks. Bass is more experience and more confident entering 2015 and will have a veteran line (four of five starters return) to protect him. That should help improve an offense that struggled.

Defensively the Chiefs were great, but they lose a pair of All-Blitz stars in LB Keyshawn Moore and DB Colby Gore. All three starting linebackers graduated.

Gore is North Myrtle’s biggest loss. He also starred at wideout and in the return game before signing with East Carolina.

OVERVIEW

LAST YEAR: 4-7, 3-2 Region 7-3A

PLAYOFFS: Lost to Midland Valley in first round

RETURNING STARTERS: 8 offense, 5 defense

KEY PLAYERS: QB Ronnie Bass, LB Katahj McKnight

OPENER: Aug. 21 vs. Dillon

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