By Charles Curcio, Sports Editor
Sunday, September 29, 2013 —
The 2013 Albemarle Bulldogs started the football season by allowing point totals of 61 and 68 to their first two competitors, unparalleled numbers in the storied history of the program.
However, the Bulldogs have not allowed a lot of points in their Yadkin Valley Conference games over the past three seasons, having allowed just 59 points in 2011 and 23 the year before that in winning the regular-season title both years.
In the past four games, the Bulldogs and the “Oak Tree” defense has allowed only seven points, including three consecutive YVC shutouts. That streak also includes Friday’s 68-0 win at South Davidson.
Kevin McKinney led the rushing attack for the Bulldogs (4-2, 3-0 YVC) with 152 yards on only seven carries, scoring touchdowns on five of those rushing attempts. As a team, Albemarle had 290 rushing yards on only 16 carries, with Robert Mack and Larry Stanback also scoring touchdowns on the ground.
Through the air, the Bulldogs were equally as efficient. Senior quarterback Bryan Blanton was a perfect 5-for-5 through the air for 89 yards and a touchdown pass to Andre Ridenhour. Timmie White had two catches for 36 yards while Rogers Brafford added two catches for 24 yards.
Albemarle also took care of the football, with no interception and only one lost fumble, while the Bulldogs’ defense forced six turnovers, five recovered fumbles and an interception by Terrace Ellis.
The Oak Tree defense also had six sacks on the night, two each from E.J. Pemberton and Jacobi Emery with singles sacks from Lee Autry and Jaquantis Stokes.
“Our kids did exactly what we asked them to do: come out early and execute on both sides of the ball,” Albemarle head coach Seth Smith said.
Kicker Mason Krol had a busy night for the ’Dogs, going 8-of-10 for extra points.
Albemarle has a bye this week and will not be back in action until Oct. 11 when the Bulldogs face a tough YVC test with a home game against West Montgomery. The Warriors (4-1, 2-0) had their bye week on Friday.