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Bulldogs post YVC shutout over Chatham Central, 55-0

The Albemarle Bulldogs ended a six-game losing streak dating back to last season on Saturday with a 55-0 conference road win at Chatham Central.

It was the Bulldogs’ 12th win over the Bears in 15 games, along with Albemarle’s ninth shutout of Chatham Central. For head coach Richard Davis, it was the team’s second shutout of the Bears in his time as the Albemarle head coach.

On the ground, the Bulldogs (1-3, 1-0 YVC) had 284 rushing yards on 27 carries and three touchdowns. Elijah McCall led the way for Albemarle with 142 yards on eight rushes including a 37-yard touchdown run. Julius Smith and Manaurian Hall also had rushing touchdowns for the Bulldogs.

Through the air, Hall was 3-for-6 for 67 yards including a 48-yard touchdown pass to Josh Smith.

Defensively, Adrian Little led with four tackles while Josh Smith and Jylukus Hyatt each added three tackles. Albemarle limited Chatham Central (0-5, 0-1) to 133 total yards of offense. Bears quarterback Michael Moore was 8-of-14 for 86 yards with three interceptions. Chatham’s leading rusher was Riley Lagenor who had 30 yards on eight carries.

The “Oak Tree” defense also had three interceptions; Julius Smith had two pick sixes with returns of 30 and 52 yards for touchdowns while Keshawn Mouton had a 62-yard interception return for a touchdown as well. Monta Hall and Adrian Little both recovered fumbles for Albemarle as well.

Julius Smith also made it a four-touchdown night with a punt return for a score as well.

The Bulldogs host North Moore on Friday at 7:30 p.m. for homecoming festivities. A homecoming tailgate party for the game has been scheduled as well.

About Charles Curcio

Charles Curcio was the sports editor of the Stanly News & Press from 1999-2001 and has currently served in the same capacity since 2008. He was awarded the NCHSAA Tim Stevens Media Representative of the Year and named CNHI Sports Editor of the Year in 2014. He has also been honored twice by the North Carolina Press Association.

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