Albemarle Class of Yadkin Valley Football So Far
After only three weeks of high school football, only one team remains undefeated in the eight-team 1-A Yadkin Valley Conference.
Albemarle continues to prove it belongs in the upper echelon of the state 1-A teams, when the Bulldogs knocked off their third straight 2-A team, routing cross-county rival North Stanly 42-3.
In three games, Albemarle has racked up 153 points on offense while giving up only l0 points on defense.
The only other team to enter the third week without a blemish on their record was South Stanly under new coach Tasker Fleming. But the Rebel Bulls were upset at 3-A Parkwood by a 35-14 score, leaving them with a 2-1 record and searching for answers after being upset.
East and West Montgomery picked up their first victories of the season; however, they were not earned on the field.
The Warriors received word from last week’s opponent North Lenoir that they used an ineligible player in the Hawks’ 19-14 win, giving West a 1-0 forfeit victory. However, the Warriors were unable to build on their good fortune when they lost 23-20 in overtime. Once again, West was their own worst enemy, losing the ball on four turnovers in their loss to East Surry, dropping the Warriors’ record to 1-2.
The Eagles got their first win under new coach Phil Collett when Friday’s opponent Kipp-Pride would not make the trip to Biscoe, giving East their second straight forfeit win over Kipp-Pride, making the Eagles 1-2 on the season.
In other action last Friday, two other teams improved to 2-1 heading into their final tune-up before starting league action Sept. 14.
North Rowan improved its mark to 2-1 under new coach Joe Nixon with a 32-14 victory over cross-county rival 3-A East Rowan. East Rowan had upset Salisbury in the opening week of the season and North Rowan dropped a 19-7 contest to Salisbury the following week, proving one can’t predict the outcomes in county rivalry games by past performances.
Chatham Central upped its mark to 2-1 when the Bears found their offense after last week’s 32-0 loss to Jordan-Matthews and hammered Kestrel Height 41-6. The Bears have scored 81 points in their two victories while giving up only 13 on defense.
Locally, North Moore is still searching for its first win of the season after losing 34-6 at Fayetteville Christian School. The Mustangs scored on the game’s opening offensive possession for their only lead this season, but Fayetteville Christian scored 34 unanswered points.
South Davidson continues to look for its first victory after falling 24-0 to 2-A Surry Central. The young Wildcats are not only looking for a win, they’re searching for a way into their opponents’ end zone, having been shut out for the third straight week.
In this week’s action, Albemarle looks to stay undefeated when they host 3-A Mount Pleasant, who is 2-1 after defeating West Stanly 47-0. The Bulldogs defeated their cross-county rival West 70-0 in the second game of the season.
North Rowan looks to move to 3-1 when they host 3-A West Rowan, where coach Nixon coached for eight years before coming to North Rowan. The visiting Falcons have played for the 3-A state championship for the past four seasons, winning three of them. So Nixon will have his hands full facing his former team.
Chatham Central looks for its third win when they host 2-A Wheatmore, who is 1-3 with its only win a 34-0 victory over South Davidson in the opening week of the season.
South Stanly tries to get back on the winning track in another cross-county contest at winless North Stanly. With a week to rest up, East Montgomery comes to Moore County when they travel to Cameron for a game against 3-A Union Pines. The Vikings are coming off a 50-17 loss to Cardinal Gibbons.
West Montgomery takes on long-time rival Jordan-Matthews in Siler City. The host Jets will have revenge on their minds after losing to the Warriors 28-6 last year. Not only that, but Jordan-Matthews will be looking to rebound from a heartbreaking 29-15 loss to cross-county rival Northwood.
North Moore has its hands full this week when it travels to Red Springs (2-1), who have highly touted quarterback Blake Greene. Greene was selected as the preseason 1-A player of the year by NCPreps.com. Greene has two dangerous receivers in JuJu Brown and Zack Leach, who can score from anywhere on the field.
South Davidson hosts undefeated Bishop McGuinness, who has scored 117 points on offense after beating Union Academy 41-34. Union Academy is a familiar foe for North Moore, who lost to the Cardinals in the opening game of the season.
This Friday’s games are the final tune-up for the YVC teams before starting league play the following week. All the games are scheduled to kick off at 7:30 p.m.
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