Running back Shane Mecimore found the end zone twice and quarterback Carson Morton added a rushing touchdown of his own as West Stanly escaped Mount Pleasant 21-20 on Friday night.
The Tigers (2-1), hosting the Colts (3-0) for the 60th meeting between the former Rocky River Conference rivals, nearly came out on top as Keegan Moose scored a touchdown with his team trailing 21-14 with a minute left to play.
Mount Pleasant decided to go for a two-point conversion and the win, but Moose was stopped just short of the goal line to keep West Stanly perfect on the season.
The Colts will now try to win the Stanly Cup when they head to New London on Friday to challenge winless North Stanly.
North Rowan 49, North Stanly 0
The Comets (1-2) had no answers for the North Rowan Cavaliers this past Friday as the Cavaliers (3-0) erupted for seven unanswered touchdowns on their home field in Spencer.
Although running back Cameron Smith carried the ball 17 times for 121 yards, the Comets failed to put any points on the board as the offense stalled all night and has now totaled just 28 points through three games.
North Stanly hosts unbeaten West on Friday.
Carson 47, South Stanly 0
South Stanly suffered another blowout loss Friday, dropping a 47-0 decision to Carson.
Quarterback Drew Gaddy completed one of 10 passes and the running game sputtered in the loss. The Bulls (0-3) have been outscored by a margin of 141-13 in their three games so far this season, with two of three contests being shutouts. Carson (1-2) earned its first win of the season.
Dating back to last season, South has now lost 11 of its last 13 games.
The team will have a chance to notch its first win of 2022 when South Davidson (2-1) comes to Norwood on Friday. While the Wildcats started the season with a pair of victories, they most recently suffered a 35-0 home loss to North Moore.
Albemarle 57, Owen 12
While fellow Yadkin Valley Conference and intracounty rivals North and South Stanly struggled against nonconference opponents, Albemarle put together an explosive performance and win on Friday.
The Bulldogs (1-2) made their trip to Owen well worth it as they scored more than 50 points for the first time in three years in a 57-12 victory to keep the Warhorses (0-2) winless.
Bulldogs quarterbacks Ander Artis and Dre Davis each threw a touchdown pass to wideout Ja’Zyion Geiger, who finished with 48 yards. Junior wide receiver Jason Wall added 51 yards on five catches. Junior Malik Watkins led the running backs with two scores and 67 yards on four carries.
Albemarle will look to build on its latest victory when it squares off with the Anson Bearcats (2-1) on the road.