Bulldogs Take Down Mustangs
North Moore ended its regular season Thursday with an overwhelming 49-0 loss to visiting Thomasville.
Although the Mustangs lost the Yadkin Valley Conference clash to Thomasville, one of the top-ranked teams in the 1-A classification, ending their regular season with a 1-9 (1-6 conference) record, they are still in the hunt for a berth in the state playoffs.
Sixty-four teams will advance to the state playoffs, and right now the Mustangs have a good possibility of being one of those 64 teams.
Thursday in Robbins they met a team that is definitely going to be in the playoffs in the form of the Bulldogs (10-0, 6-0).
After stumbling on its first possession when it fumbled on the Mustangs 13-yard line, Thomasville ripped off scores on its next three possessions.
Using quick strikes, the Bulldogs took a 22-0 lead with 1:13 left in the first quarter. The first Bulldog scoring drive covered 67 yards in two plays, with a 16-yard Chris Brooks toss to D.J. Mclendon providing the score. The Mustangs blocked the extra-point attempt.
Next Bulldog possession: two plays covering 55 yards, capped off by Brad Wilkes 15-yard dash for a score. The extra point was good.
Then the Thomasville defense got into the act, with Dujuan Ingram sacking Mustang quarterback Lyle Barnett in the end zone for a safety, putting the Bulldogs in front 15-0. On the ensuing free kick, Wilkes ripped off a 65-yard return down to the Mustangs three-yard line.
On the first play, Jonathan Hinson-Brady swept left to cover the final three yards, and with the extra point tacked on, the Bulldogs led 22-0 with time still left in the first quarter.
Hinson-Brady pushed the Bulldogs' margin to 42-0 on an 11-yard run for a score with 6.9 left in the first half.
The fireworks ended for the evening until, with a little more than one minute left in the game, the Bulldogs' Dearius Dow returned an interception 33 yards for the final touchdown. Thomasville added the extra point, bringing in the final 49-0 count.
North Moore, which has finished its season, must wait until the completion of play next Friday before knowing whether it has made the state playoffs.
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