The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

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September 22, 2013

Albemarle dominates on both sides of the ball against Chatham Central

Sunday, September 22, 2013 — The Albemarle football squad has not lost a conference game on the field since the 2007 season, when the Bulldogs were in the Rocky River Conference and suffered losses to Mount Pleasant and Forest Hills that year.

With Friday night’s 79-0 blowout win over Chatham Central, the Bulldogs’ conference win streak now stands at 38, not counting the two forfeited victories in 2010.

The 79 points scored by the Bulldogs in the game ranks fifth on the list of the most points scored by an Albemarle team in recent history.

Defensively, the “Oak Tree” stood tall and immovable against Chatham Central (1-4, 0-2 YVC). Albemarle allowed 13 net yards of offense in the game and forced six turnovers, three fumbles and three interceptions.

The first of those turnovers was cashed in immediately by the ‘Dogs when Travis Bennett picked off a Rodney Van De Walker pass on the game’s first offensive play and went 30 yards for the touchdown.

Late in the third quarter, the Oak Tree swallowed up a rushing attempt deep in the Bears endzone and forced the safety.

Offensively, the Bulldogs racked up 425 total yards of offense, averaging 12.1 yards per play.

K.J. McKinney, who had missed some time earlier this season due to injury, returned in a big way for the Bulldogs. The senior running back had 139 yards on just eight carries, averaging 17.4 yards per attempt, while scoring two first-half touchdowns.

“That’s the leadership he brings; he brings that on and off the field,” Albemarle head coach Seth Smith said in reference to McKinney’s effect on the team.

The Bulldogs did not need to throw the ball much in the game as quarterback Bryan Blanton tried just four passes in the game, with two completions, both for touchdowns. Blanton also ran for two more touchdowns in the game as well.

Albemarle (3-2, 2-0) scored early and often in the first quarter after Bennett’s pick six, putting up 42 points in the first quarter and leading 56-0 at halftime.

With the clock running continuously in the second half, the Bulldogs went deep into the depth chart as nine different players had at least one carry in the game. Backup quarterback Trey Nivens took over midway through the third quarter.

The Bulldogs’ head coach also talked about the development of the team’s offensive line.

“They’re young; we knew it would take some time for those guys to develop and they have. They’re getting better every week, but they are not there yet,” Smith said.

Smith also talked about his expectations coming into the season about the defense and their development, saying that the staff “was big on those guys coming in” and noting that the coaching staff has made some changes in the defensive line. He also added that the defense is “starting to gel.”

Albemarle’s conference schedule continues on Friday night at South Davidson (0-5, 0-2). The Wildcats suffered a 64-6 loss to North Stanly on Friday night.

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