North Stanly offense explodes in home win

Published 9:37 am Monday, October 9, 2023

Getting your Trinity Audio player ready...

The offense of the North Stanly Comets varsity football team has scored double digits in all six outings this season.

North entered Friday’s homecoming game with 3A Lake Norman Charter averaging 25.3 points per game, but the Comets greatly improved on that number with a 57-20 win.

The Comets (5-2) racked up 488 total yards of offense, with running back Jay Jackson having a huge night. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound senior finished with 210 yards on 18 carries with six rushing touchdowns. Aden Alsbrook added a touchdown for North.

Quarterback Chance Blake threw for 225 yards, with Dylan Poplin hauling in three catches for 94 yards. Jaylon McKoy added three catches for 51 yards and a receiving touchdown.

Defensively, North limited the Knights (4-3) to 229 total yards of offense. Alsbrook and Grason Smith had 10 tackles each, with Alsbrook adding an interception and Smith posting a sack. Elijah Bryant added two sacks and four tackles.

Head coach Chad Little said North had “almost a complete game” in the win.

“Putting together a complete game is our goal. Our team is tough. We want to play to our standard, always at a high level no matter the team we playing,” Little said.

He said Blake was “one of the best quarterbacks in the region” and credited Alsbrook as being “one of the Charlotte area’s leading tacklers.

“We are blessed to have a 5-2 record (and to be) playing and working hard for a conference championship and the Stanly Cup. We are so blessed with this opportunity.”

Round Two for the Stanly Cup takes place this week on the road at South Stanly (4-3). The Bulls beat Albemarle at home Friday night 26-12.

About Charles Curcio

Charles Curcio has served as the sports editor of the Stanly News & Press for more than 16 years and has written numerous news and feature storeis as well. 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 won an award from Boone Newspapers, and has won four North Carolina Press Association awards.

email author More by Charles