Albemarle blanks Lake Norman Charter

North Stanly lost at Forest Hills in the only other county game

Albemarle senior running back Malik Watkins escapes past a Lake Norman Charter defender on Sept. 22. (SOURCE: PJ Ward-Brown)

Albemarle picked up right where it left off the week before, shutting out Lake Norman Charter 34-0 at home to get a second straight win. 

The Bulldogs (2-4) — who beat Southwestern Randolph 32-6 last week following an 0-4 start to the season — enter conference play with momentum.  

Running back Kaine McLendon led Albemarle with 105 rushing yards and a touchdown on 21 carries, while quarterback Ander Artis had a touchdown pass to Ja’Zyion Geiger, who finished with a team-high 53 receiving yards. 

While the Bulldogs’ rushing game set the pace for the home team, the Bulldogs’ defense and special teams also came up big against the Knights (3-2).  

Christian Harris returned a kickoff for a touchdown in the second quarter, and that was quickly followed by Malik Watkins recovering a fumble and returning it for a score to give the Bulldogs a 22-0 halftime lead. Watkins also finished the game with a rushing touchdown. 

The Bulldogs are off this week before starting Rocky River Conference play Oct. 6 with a road game at South Stanly. 

Forest Hills 35, North Stanly 13 

Unbeaten Forest Hills proved to be too much at home for North Stanly on Friday, breaking open the game in the second half for a 35-13 win. 

The Yellow Jackets (5-0) led 7-0 at the half but scored 21 points in the third quarter to take control. 

Senior running back Jay Jackson paced the Comets (3-2) with 123 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries.  

North Stanly quarterback Chance Blake was limited to 90 yards of 8-of-23 passing attempts. Jordan Stewart and Jaylon McKoy had 51 and 56 receiving yards, respectively.  

The Comets begin Yadkin Valley Conference play Friday when they hit the road to face Union Academy (1-4). 

West Stanly — bye  

The Colts (3-2) will host Piedmont (1-4) in their Rocky River Conference opener Friday. 

South Stanly — bye  

The Rebel Bulls (3-2) will travel to Mount Pleasant (3-2) on Friday for the start of Yadkin Valley Conference play.