'Dogs Too Much for Mustangs
The 20 seniors for Yadkin Valley Conference leader Albemarle spoiled senior night for the 15 members of the North Moore football team Friday in Robbins.
Taking advantage of five interceptions and other miscues, the visiting Bulldogs kept their league record perfect with a 56-0 win over the host Mustangs.
While the final score may reflect a blowout, the Mustangs had some highlights during the game, especially senior wide receiver Landon Auman, who pulled in five passes for 95 yards. This is Auman’s second straight outstanding game catching the ball after hauling in three passes for 154 yards last week at South Stanly.
On their opening offensive series in the second half, the Mustangs had their best drive of the contest after Auman grabbed a pass from sophomore quarterback Kirby Lambert, broke a couple of tackles, making his way all the way to the Bulldogs’ 10-yard line. However, two plays later, Bulldog senior Martinus Crump intercepted a pass on the one-yard line, returning the ball 99 yards for a touchdown.
Albemarle (6-0 YVC, 9-1 overall) got three touchdown runs from junior Kevin McKinney of 48, six and 10 yards. McKinney’s 48-yard run came on the game’s first offensive play as he snaked his way into the Mustangs’ end zone.
McKinney scored on the Bulldogs’ next possession after one of the Mustangs’ interceptions, this score coming on a six-yard run. Albemarle’s third touchdown came after North Moore’s bad snap on a punt, giving the Bulldogs’ possession on the Mustangs’ three-yard line. Markez Brown went the final distance for the score. Julio Cisneros booted the third of his eight extra points, putting Albemarle up 21-0 late in the first quarter.
Albemarle’s next touchdown came as result of a North Moore short punt, giving the Bulldogs possession at the Mustangs’ 39-yard line. Three plays later, senior Rodney Dumas scored on a one-yard pass from senior quarterback Deon Christian. Christian finished the game hitting on seven of eight passes for 138 yards and two touchdowns.
Albemarle’s final touchdown of the first half came on McKinney’s 10-yard run with two minutes left in the half. The Mustangs went into the locker room trailing 35-0.
Albemarle’s lone touchdown in the third period came on Crump’s interception return. The Bulldogs added two more scores in the fourth period, one on Christian’s 19-yard pass to Brown. The final touchdown came on a 10-yard run by backup quarterback Bryan Blanton.
The Mustangs finished the contest passing for 120 yards on eight of 18 passes. Lambert had 104 yards, connecting on seven of 16 passes while senior signal caller Xavier Richardson had 16 yards passing, hitting on one of two passes.
Senior Cody Vaughn caught two passes for 12 yards and fellow senior Ethan Morrison had one reception for 13 yards. Vaughn also returned six kickoffs for 92 yards while Auman had two returns for 26 yards.
Other seniors being honored on the football team were Justin Allred, Luke Auman, Dillon Caviness, Caleb Galloway, Kyle Kidd, Cody Maness, Michael McNeill, Ethan Sessoms, Dishawn Smith, Richard Sullivan and Adrian Wall. All the other fall sports senior members were honored with the football team before the opening kickoff.
The Mustangs try to break out of their winless streak Friday when they host Chatham Central in the regular-season finale. The Bears (1-5, 3-7) dropped their game 28-9 to East Montgomery Friday at Biscoe. The game is also North Moore’s homecoming. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
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