Granite Bears keep Vikings winless in 32-0 shutout
Jeff Linville Staff Reporter
Mount Airy scored 22 points in the first quarter on the way to a 32-0 blowout of North Stokes.
The Granite Bears scored all 32 points by halftime, then cleared the bench in the second half.
With East Surry’s win over Atkins, the Bears and Cardinals are tied for first place in the Northwest Conference. The game next week will decide the conference title and the top seed for the 1A state playoffs.
The Bears improved to 7-3 and 4-0 in the conference, while North Stokes remains winless on the year at 0-10.
Mount Airy picked up more than 250 yards of offense, most of it in the first half. The defense held the Vikings to less than two yards per carry.
In the first quarter, the Bears began Senior Night with senior Kelton Walser at quarterback and senior E.J. Helton at running back.
Starting at their 35-yard line, Helton ran three times to the pick up 24 yards and a first down to the North Stokes 41.
Walser hit Kordell France for a pass to the 32-yard line.
A play later, Davontae Dobson raced 31 yards to the end zone for a 7-0 score with just 1:36 gone off the clock.
North Stokes started at its 23-yard line and picked up two first down out to its 45-yard line. However, that would be the Vikings’ best stretch of offense for the whole game.
Two runs for negative yards and a sack by Isaiah King and Andrew Jones forced a punt.
Caleb Horton took the punt close to his own 30-yard line and raced 70 yards to the end zone.
The Bears then tried a fake field goal with Dobson as the holder. Dobson went right, was cut off by the defense and then flipped a short pass to Horton for the score.
That made it 15-0 with 4:32 left in the first.
Kicker Mitchell Brown then hit the first of four kickoffs for touchbacks on the night.
The Vikings went for it on fourth-and-3 and failed, giving Mount Airy the ball at the 26-yard line.
Dobson took a handoff 24 yards to the 2-yard line. Jones took a fullback dive up the middle for the score. The kick made it 22-0 with 1:35 left in the quarter.
After a touchback, North Stokes ran twice for -1 yard, then threw an incomplete pass before punting.
The Bears took over at their own 46.
Dobson ran 16 yards to the Vikings’ 38 as the first quarter ended.
The Bears kept the ball on the ground down to the 6-yard line when Logan Holder gave a play-action fake to Dobson, then found Horton for his second touchdown of the night. That increased the lead to 29-0 with 8:30 left in the half.
Another touchback and a three-and-out gave the Bears the ball at their 48.
After Walser ran for three yards, Jones burst free for a 38-yard run down to the 9-yard line.
Jones ran twice down to the 2, then Walser scored, but a holding call moved the team back. The Bears settled for a 20-yard field goal from Brown for a 32-0 lead with 2:26 left.
The Bears spread the hand-offs around throughout the game. No back reached 100 yards, but the team had 29 carries for about 235 yards on the night.
Fans can buy advance tickets to next week’s game at the main office of either high school Monday to Thursday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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