North Stanly used three touchdowns from running back Aden Allsbrook on Friday night to win at Mount Pleasant 33-16 win for its fourth consecutive victory.
The junior rushed for 195 yards on only 12 carries, proving that senior Jay Jackson — who also had a pair of touchdowns — isn’t the Comets’ (7-2, 3-0 YVC) only serious ground threat.
North quarterback Chance Blake completed 10 of 16 passes for 161 yards and a touchdown.
The Tigers (5-4, 2-2 YVC) defeated North 28-10 last season but instead suffered their second straight loss, trailing 19-3 by halftime and failing to make up the deficit.
With its 17-point win, North earned a share of the Yadkin Valley Conference title and can lock down the conference crown and the Stanly Cup on Friday when they host Albemarle (4-5, 2-1 YVC) in the regular season finale.
Anson 22, West Stanly 14
Looking for an important Rocky River Conference win over Anson, the West Stanly Colts came up short in a 22-14 loss to the Bearcats.
Running back Rene Salazar rushed the ball 30 times for 137 yards and two touchdowns for the Colts (5-4, 2-2 RRC), but West’s passing game struggled — quarterback Jett Thomas was limited to only 65 passing yards on 11 attempts.
Jazear Griffin posted a team-high 177 rushing yards and two touchdowns for Anson (5-4, 3-1 RRC).
The Colts next head to Monroe (8-1, 4-0 RRC) for a matchup with the top team in the conference.
Albemarle 38, Union Academy 6
After four losses to begin the season, Albemarle has turned its campaign around with its fourth win in five games, posting a 38-6 win over Union Academy.
Albemarle (4-5, 2-1 YVC) led the game 17-0 at halftime and tacked on 21 more points in the second half.
Kaine McClendon, Malik Watkins and Jason Wall each recorded a rushing score in the game, while Ja’Zyion Geiger notched a touchdown reception from quarterback Ander Artis. The Cardinals are now 1-8, 0-3 YVC on the season.
The Bulldogs next travel to New London to face the Comets. Last fall, Albemarle lost to North 44-27 at home in a late-season matchup.
Lake Norman Charter 7, South Stanly 6
South Stanly found itself on the losing side of the scoreboard again Friday as the Rowdy Rebel Bulls suffered a 7-6 loss to Lake Norman Charter in a nonconference game.
Despite allowing a season-low seven points, South (4-5, 1-2 YVC) was unable to get its offense going, scoring just six points for the second time in four games. The Knights improved to 6-3 on the season.
The Bulls will finish their regular season on the road when they face Union Academy, which has not won a game since Sept. 1.