The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

Local Sports

November 21, 2011

Bulldogs top Lakewood for sectional title

Monday, November 21, 2011 — Friday night’s sectional finals game between visiting Lakewood and host Albemarle could not have started better for the visiting Leopards, who jumped out to a quick lead after a fake punt didn’t work for the Bulldogs.

Albemarle’s Oak Tree defense, first designed  years ago by former coach Dave Bright, continued a long tradition of excellence by creating three turnovers and allowing one late touchdown in a 45-14 win over Lakewood.

After trailing early, the Albemarle (13-1) defense staged a goal-line stand as well as cashing in on a special-team mistake by Lakewood (8-5).

The Bulldogs took the opening kickoff and tried a fake punt on fourth down that did not work, giving Lakewood the ball on the Albemarle 36.

After a long pass from starting quarterback J.J. Tanners to Issiah Sellers down to the five-yard line, the Leopards punched the ball in with a two-yard run  from Nikin Henry. David Rivera’s extra point was wide right and the score stayed 6-0.

Albemarle immediately responded when quarterback Deon Christian found senior wideout Desi Dockery down the left sideline. After reeling the catch in, Dockery put a spin move on two Leopard defenders and sprinted down the field for the touchdown.

Lakewood threatened late in the first quarter to take the lead back with another long bomb to Sellers, who got behind the Bulldog secondary and hauled the pass in for a 67-yard gain.

On second and goal from the two-yard line, Henry ran to the right side and was hit hard by the Albemarle defensive line, knocking the ball loose and the Bulldogs recovered.

In the second quarter, the Oak Tree came up with a big interception when Freddie Parker picked off a short pass over the middle and returned it to the Leopard 34-yard line.

Two plays later, Christian put on some nifty moves in scrambling around the right side of the Lakewood line, leaping several Leopards at the goal line for a 35-yard touchdown.

On the next Lakewood drive, the Leopards ran a reverse halfback pass for a touchdown that was called back on an illegal procedure penalty.

Albemarle’s special teams made a big play late in the first half on a high, short punt by Lakewood punter Wesley Sessoms. The coverage team overran the ball, and Jay Dockery made a heads-up play to grab the bouncing ball and return it 44 yards for a touchdown and a 21-6 Bulldogs lead at halftime.

Early in the third quarter, the Bulldogs took advantage of a bad punt snap over the head of Sessoms. The ball rolled 38 yards into the endzone, where Mikey Patterson fell on the ball for an Albemarle touchdown.

Albemarle’s offense then put together a nine-play, 53-yard touchdown drive that took 3:30 off the clock midway through the third quarter. Daquan Ellis, who would finish with 149 yards on the night, 40 of which coming on this scoring drive, including a three-yard touchdown run over the left side of the line.

Tanner then threw his second interception of the game as Dockery came from across the field and made a diving pick on a tipped pass.

Albemarle then drove the ball down to the Lakewood eight-yard line, where Julio Cisneros delivered a 28-yard field goal just seconds into the fourth quarter.

Minutes later, Lakewood offensive lineman Austin Tanner was carried off on a stretcher due to a possible head injury, causing a 15-minute delay in the ball game.

Backup quarterback Issiah Sellers then helped lead the Leopards on a six-play, 53-yard drive capped off by a 14-yard touchdown pass from Sellers to Tony Smith. Sellers then ran in the two-point conversion to make it 38-14.

Albemarle got one last touchdown when Ellis ran to the left side of the field and went 74 yards for his second touchdown of the night.

The game ran with a continuous clock from the eight-minute mark on and Albemarle secured the win.

“In the second half, we had a better mind set; we played harder and more physical,” Albemarle Head Coach Danny Akins said.

The Bulldog coach talked about the special teams’ efforts, saying that they put a lot of effort into special teams and got some breaks.

Regarding Dockery’s return, Coach Akins said, “We had several big plays tonight and Jay’s was one of them. He’s an exciting young athlete and he played well for us.”

Albemarle will host the Murphy Bulldogs this Friday evening at 7:30 p.m. Murphy advanced with a 56-13 win over Smoky Mountain Conference rival Andrews.

“Murphy is well-coached; they have run their schemes on offense and defense for years. They have a lot of tradition; they play for a state title year in and year out. We have to work hard this week to get ready for it.”

L    6    0    0    8    14

A    7    14    14    10    45

Text Only
Local Sports
  • holdendavis.jpg Stanly All-Star 15 year-olds lose in championship finals

    The Stanly County 15 year-old All-Stars Babe Ruth Baseball team battled its way through the losers’ bracket after suffering a 10-9 loss to the Union County Americans to reach the championship finals.
    Stanly rallied to force a deciding third game but Union County prevailed to earn a trip to the regionals in Varina, Virginia.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • stanly14group.jpg Stanly All-Stars reach state championship round

    The Stanly 14 year-old All-Stars played in the state tournament this weekend at Noel Williams Park in Unionville and reached the championship round of play.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • stanly13bigger.jpg Stanly County 13-year old Babe Ruth Baseball squad claims state title

    Don Montgomery Park in Albemarle played host this weekend to the state championship tournament for the Western Divsion of Babe Ruth Baseball for 13 year olds.
    After having started with a win Friday night over Union County American, the Stanly County All-Stars posted three more victories en route to the tournament title and a berth into the regionals starting July 29 in Sarasota, Florida.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • West Stanly summer baseball team wraps up regular season at Scotland County

    In the final two games of the Central Carolina Scholastic Summer League for the West Stanly squad, the Colts traveled to Scotland County for a doubleheader, making up for Tuesday’s rainout.

    July 22, 2014

  • jakeclayton.jpg Three Stanly All-Star Babe Ruth teams open play in state tournaments

    Three Babe Ruth Baseball teams from Stanly County  began play in their respective state tournaments on Friday night with victories, two of which came in events conducted locally.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Albemarle High School athletic director resigns

    The athletic program at Albemarle High School will undergo another change in personnel after the recent resignation of its head football coach.

    July 17, 2014

  • deanlowder.jpg Albemarle fireman and policeman race in school buses at Charlotte Motor Speedway

    Pulling into Charlotte Motor Speedway, the first thing one may think about is getting in one of those really fast cars and taking a spin around the track.
    Cracking the motor, hearing the roar, tearing down the front stretch at 200 mph with numerous other cars doing the same. The rush, excitement and adrenaline pumping all while maintaining focus and poise as you power the aggressive vehicle around the track.

    July 17, 2014 3 Photos

  • williams.jpg North Stanly's Antonio Williams decommits to UNC-Chapel Hill

    North Stanly standout running back Antonio Williams announced via Twitter on Saturday he has withdrawn his verbal committment to attend and play football at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

    July 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • bobcat.jpg Uwharrie Bobcats suffer loss, bounce back for home victory

    The Uwharrie Bobcats 70+ slow pitch softball team, along with four other Piedmont Senior Slow Pitch League (PSSL) teams, participated in a league tournament at Rock Creek Park Saturday.

    July 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • curciomug2014.jpg Can you really go home again?

    The big news that flashed across the screens of smartphones, tablets, laptops, computers and televisions on Friday concerned the return of NBA star Lebron James to Cleveland after four years in Miami.

    July 15, 2014 1 Photo

Twitter Updates
Seasonal Content