By Charles Curcio, Sports Editor
Sunday, September 22, 2013 —
Incrementally each season, North Stanly head football coach Ralph Jackson and the Comets have made small improvements to the football program as a whole, both with updated facilities and continued improvement on the field.
Jackson’s first season was in 2010, when the Comets ended a five-year losing streak to county rival South Stanly and posted two conference wins in the Rocky River Conference.
In 2011, the Comets rallied to beat South Stanly 26-21 and despite just two wins improved on the amount of points scored in a season from the previous one.
Last season, the Comets scored even more points and were blessed with a talented running back that now ranks as one of the country’s top college prospects.
This season, Jackson and the Comets are off to the best start for a North team since 2007.
Friday’s 64-6 win over South Davidson notched another feather in the team’s collective cap.
The 64 points scored set a school record for the most points that a North Stanly High School football team has ever recorded in school history. The 70 combined points in a game is also tied for the sixth most points ever in a North game.
“Since I’ve been at North Stanly, we’ve been trying to change the culture and make this a different place,” Jackson said.
“In looking back over time, we have done things here that we have not done in a long time, a lot of firsts.”
Jackson also added that setting the school’s record for most points scored by the Comets in a game was “unbelievable.”
North Stanly (3-1, 1-0 YVC) amassed 363 rushing yards against the Wildcats. Williams had 248 yards on only 13 carries and had a three-touchdown game for the first time since the Comets’ win last season against Central Academy.
Lacey Riggins added 54 rushing yards on only two carries with a touchdown, and Zac Almond had 36 rushing yards on two carries with a touchdown.
Comet quarterback Meleek Thomas was 6-for-9 Friday night for 136 yards and three touchdowns. Meleek’s brother, Caleb Thomas, had four receptions for 112 yards and two touchdowns, and Almond had two receptions for 56 yards and a touchdown.
The lone bright spot for South Davidson (0-5, 0-2) was scoring their first touchdown of the season after being shut out in four previous games.
Jackson talked about his player’s reaction to the win, saying that the attitude that he wants the team to have about winning is that they will appreciate each victory hoping that they can have more.
“I told the guys that you have to act as if you have been there. One of my seniors said, ‘We’ve never been there,’” Jackson said.
North looks to match the 2007 mark of 4-1 to start the season this Friday when the Comets host North Moore (0-5, 0-2).
The Mustangs lost at home to West Montgomery 56-14 on Friday night.