The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

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October 19, 2012

Two weeks left in 2012 football regular season

Friday, October 19, 2012 — Albemarle (8-1, 5-0) at N. Moore (0-8, 0-5)

The Albemarle Bulldogs will wrap up their 2012 regular season with back-to-back Yadkin Valley Conference road games, including this week’s game at North Moore just outside of Robbins.

Friday’s game will feature two teams that find themselves on lists on websites like ncpreps.com for different reasons.

The Bulldogs, winners of five in a row, have not been shutout in 76 games on the field, not counting forfeits. It’s a streak that dates back to Oct. 19, 2007 when Mount Pleasant, the only team to beat Albemarle in 2012, won 21-0.

Albemarle still remains in the top ten in three different high school football polls, including NC Preps (fourth), Carolina Preps (fifth) and the Associated Press (seventh). Statistically, the Bulldogs lead the YVC in points scored (388) and points allowed (89), as well as being atop the conference with a 5-0 record.

North Moore’s current struggles were not the worst in the state until just two weeks ago. Smithfield-Selma had held the distinction of having the longest active losing streak in North Carolina at 26 before a 21-16 win over Harnett Central on Oct. 5 broke their streak. The Mustangs are now in the midst of the longest losing streak in the state at 25 games.

A win for Albemarle, coupled with a win by South Stanly at South Davidson Friday night, could potentially set up a showdown for the YVC title in the final week of the season. Either way, both teams will also play for the Stanly Cup next Friday.

Forest Hills (7-2, 5-0) at N. Stanly (1-8, 1-4)

The seventh and final home game of the North Stanly Comets’ 2012 football season comes this Friday night when the Comets host a Forest Hills team that is tied for the lead in the Rocky River Conference standings along with Monroe.

After stopping a five-game losing streak to start the season with a win over Central Academy, North Stanly has lost three in a row including a 40-3 loss last week at home to Piedmont.

Freshman running back Antonio Williams continues to lead Stanly County in rushing with 1,239 rushing yards on 220 carries, averaging 5.6 yards per rushing attempt. After rushing for 301 yards in the Comets win over Central Academy, Williams has been held to two of his lowest totals of the season, including 40 yards against Monroe and 64 yards last week against the Panthers.

Forest Hills’s one-two rushing punch of sophmore running back C.J. Carelock (924 yards, 12 TD) and junior quarterback Jared Lee (791 yards, 15 TD) has been nearly unstoppable this season. The Jackets average just under 268 yards per game as a team and have scored 324 points this season, second only to the Monroe Redhawks’ 326 points.

Defensively, Forest Hills has allowed an even 200 points this season, second in the conference behind Monroe (137).

If the Yellow Jackets win Friday over the Comets, along with a Monroe win over Central Academy, the two teams will play for the RRC championship next week.

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