North Myrtle Beach pounds Darlington 63-14
By Drake Horton
It might have been homecoming, but there was nothing sweet about being home as the Darlington Falcons lost 63-14 to the North Myrtle Beach Chiefs this past Friday. The game got off to a great start for the Falcons’ defense, who forced a three and out on the first series, a turnover on downs in the second series and returned a fumble 90- plus yards for a touchdown on the third series, giving Darlington an early 6-0 lead. From there, however, North Myrtle Beach found its rhythm on offense while the Falcons never did, scoring 63 straight points. With 2:40 to go in the first quarter the Chiefs took their first lead of the game going up 7-6 and never looked back. North Myrtle Beach scored two more touchdowns to go up 21-6 at the half, but there was optimism on the Falcons’ side because outside of a couple of big receptions that had set up the touchdowns, the Falcons were defensively playing as well as they had all season. “I thought we had a decent start, playing together, playing tight defensively,” Darlington head coach Raymond Jennings said after the game. “The first half was about two jump balls they caught and about two or three we didn’t. We felt at half time we could still be in the game.” The third quarter was a completely different story as North Myrtle Beach came out and put 35 more points on the board. It was like nothing could go right for the Falcons in the third quarter, as the Chiefs scored a 9-yard touchdown run, a 13-yard touchdown run, a 1-yard touchdown run, a 12-yard touchdown reception and a 35-yard touchdown run all in the one quarter alone to push a 15-point lead to a 50-point lead. The Chiefs tacked on another score in the fourth quarter on a 10-yard reception. Darlington never gave up, however, and quarterback Deuce Hudson hit Montavious Edwards for a 60-yard touchdown with 5:26 left in the game. “We finished the game on a positive note,” Jennings said. A big factor in the game was the numbers. North Myrtle Beach outnumbered Darlington in what looked to be like a 3:1 ratio as the Falcons only had 26 players while the Chiefs had what appeared to be over 60. “It was the lowest numbers I’ve had; it was 26 tonight,” Jennings said. “Found out two days (ago) that three of our starters couldn’t play. Just two days ago and they were my linemen.” Darlington drops to 0-4 on the year and goes into the bye week looking to regroup as it has two regular season games left on the year. The Falcons take on West Florence at Memorial Stadium in Florence for their next game. Weekly Scores The Hartsville Red Foxes dropped its third game of the year, losing 40-35 in a close contest with the Myrtle Beach Seahawks, and the Lamar Silver Foxes won 34-16 over Lewisville.