The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

Local Sports

September 10, 2013

Albemarle rallies late past West Stanly

Bulldogs take lead in Stanly Cup race

Sunday, September 8, 2013 — The recent history of games between the football programs of Albemarle and West Stanly has been one of lopsided victories by both sides, with only one game since 1999 having a margin of victory less than 10 points.

That closer margin of victory came in 2007 when Albemarle, after being shut out 33-0 and 34-0 the previous two years, earned a 15-13 win that started the current win streak on the field that the Bulldogs took into Friday night’s home game with the Colts.

After three quarters of play, the game remained scoreless, but the final dramatic 12 minutes saw the Bulldogs rally late for a 9-7 win over West Stanly.

The win was the first for first-year Albemarle head coach Seth Smith and puts the Bulldogs out in first place in the battle for the Stanly Cup with a 1-0 record. West drops to 1-1 in county games this season with North still having not played a Stanly opponent yet this season and South at 0-1 after their loss to West.

The first half was dominated by both team’s defenses, as well as several turnovers.

Albemarle’s second drive four minutes into the game ended when a Bryan Blanton pass was intercepted by Michael Barkley.

Colt defensive lineman Luis Solorio came up with a turnover for West recovering a Larry Stanback fumble with just over a minute left in the opening frame.

West twice went for it on fourth down on drives in the first quarter  but were stopped by the Albemarle Oak Tree defense.

Both teams played a field position battle in the second quarter, with the final drive of the period as the closest either team got to the other’s endzone. West drove down to the Albemarle 24 in the final two minutes, but Lee Autry sacked Colt quarterback Matt Price on the final play of the half, keeping the game scoreless at halftime.

West Stanly appeared to gain momentum from their last drive of the first half when the Colts marched down the field on the opening drive of the second half. B.J. Hill busted out the longest offensive play of the game to that point for the Colts, a 32-yard run straight down the middle of the field as West drove from the Colt 25 to the Albemarle 17-yard line. But the Albemarle defense held and denied the Colts.

West eventually put together a scoring drive starting with 2:29 left in the third quarter. Price converted a 3rd down and 5 at the Colt 42 with a 16-yard scramble for a first down, then McCormick pushed the ball even further downfield with 13 yards on back-to-back carries.

The Colts found paydirt on the eighth play of that drive when Hill carried tacklers into the endzone from 14 yards out. Brady Ennis’ extra point gave West Stanly a 7-0 lead 35 seconds into the final period.

Albemarle immediately answered the West Stanly touchdown two plays later when Blanton found Travis Bennett on a fly pattern down the center of the field for a 69-yard touchdown strike. However, the extra point was no good as the ball slipped off the tee leaving the Colts up by a single point.

West got the ball back on their own 20 and took four minutes off the clock, punting the ball down to the Albemarle 34-yard line.

Blanton then got the ball to someone that Smith called “one of our playmakers” in wideout Timmie White. After an 11-yard catch for a first down, White got behind the Colt defense on the left side for a 43-yard gain down to the 12-yard line.

A facemask call moved the ball half the distance to the goal, and the Bulldogs called on all 290 pounds of Lee Autry to join the offensive backfield as a fullback. Albemarle was whistled for an illegal procedure call, then runs by Stanback and Autry put the ball at the one-yard line. On third down, Blanton’s play-action pass to Andre Ridenhour fell just short, bringing in Mason Krol and the field-goal unit.

This time, the snap and hold were perfect, and Krol knocked through an 18-yard field goal to put Albemarle up 9-7.

“Mason is a clutch guy,” Smith later said of the team’s kicker.

On the ensuring kickoff, West got a huge return by Blaine Long down to the Albemarle 43-yard line. With Trey Barbee in at quarterback, the Colts drove down to the Albemarle 23-yard line, but two yards lost and a sack of Barbee by A.J. Harris and E.J. Pemberton put the Colts in a difficult position, facing third down and 22 from the Albemarle 35.

The next play that happened after the Colts called their final timeout will be talked about for years to come.

Barbee survived the furious rush of the Oak Tree defense and threw a long pass deep into the Albemarle night sky that found its way into the hands of Ethan Morgan for an apparent touchdown. However, a penalty marker was lying in the Colt backfield and the referee signaled a holding penalty against West.

On the next play, Kani Sellers sacked Barbee and forced a fumble that Pemberton recovered to secure the win for the Bulldogs.

“This was a huge win, especially after the struggles our first two games. (The team) worked hard all week and believed in themselves,” Smith said.

Smith also credited White with his efforts, saying that Timmie “is a guy with amazing speed; he can get past a lot of people and he has all season long.”

“I am proud of the effort our kids had. Both teams played very hard but there were a few mistakes that really hurt us. We have to learn from them and put this game behind us,” West head coach James Johnson said.

This Friday, Albemarle travels to East Montgomery while West Stanly will face North Stanly.

WS    0    0    0    7    7

A    0    0    0    9    9

WS ­– B.J. Hill 14 run (Brady Ennis kick), 11:25, 4th

A – Travis Bennett 69 pass from Bryan Blanton (kick failed), 10:30, 4th

A – Mason Krol 18 FG, 4:45, 4th

Team Stats

    WS    A

1st Downs    15    9

Rushing    54-183    26-29

Passing    9    148

C-A-I    7-9-1    6-17-1

Punts    4-26.5    5-33.8

Penalties    4-51    8-66

Fum.-Lst.    4-1    3-1

3rd Down    5-16    4-12

4th Down    0-4    0-0

T.O.P.    29:50    18:10

Individual Statistics

Rushing: WS  – Ryan McCormick 23-46; Hill 11-87; Price 14-32; Barbee 6-18. A – Stanback 14-29; Blanton 7-3; Mack 2-6; Autry 1-3; Nivens 1-0; White 1-(-12).

Passing: WS – Price 1-7, 9 yds. A –  Blanton 6-17, 148 yds., 1 TD, 1 int.

Receiving: WS – Morgan 1-9. A – White 3-66; Bennett 1-69, TD; Ridenhour 1-10; Stanback 1-3.

1
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

Facebook
Twitter Updates
Seasonal Content