Beginning a new season after folding the program last fall has been an uphill battle for the North Stokes Vikings and Friday night was no different. North welcomed the Alleghany Trojans to Danbury and they left with a 52-0 win over the young Vikings.
“We have to get stronger upfront,” Sessoms said. “They were bigger and pushed us around a little. We did some good things tonight, but the difference was their strength and we just simply ran out of gas in the second half.”
The Vikings received the opening kickoff and gained six-yards in two plays before having to punt for the first time. In the Trojans first possession, the Vikings defense swarmed to the ball and forced a three-and-out and gained control of the ball. Seven different North Stokes players either had a tackle or an assist to start the game.
“Our defense had some bright spots tonight,” said Sessoms. “But we have to get better on every play.”
North was forced to punt the ball again on their next possession and the Trojans used good field position to score their first touchdown of the game. Starting from their 48-yard line, Alleghany marched 52-yards in five plays and scored from four yards out with 2:53 left in the first quarter. After the PAT was made, the Trojans led 7-0.
Alleghany used a nine-play drive in the second quarter to score their second touchdown of the game. The Trojans tallied two more touchdowns in the period off of an interception and fumble to push their lead 27-0 at the half.
Alleghany used a 15-play drive to open up the third quarter with a touchdown and then used only two plays on their next possession to get a comfortable 39-0 advantage.
“We just have to fix our turnovers and the things we do,” commented the Vikings coach. “Our goal is to take one game at a time.”
North Stokes Mark Shae led the team with 27-yards on 11 carries and Dylan Mabe anchored the defense with 13 tackles. Levi Collins added 11 tackles and Paden Lungrin had eight for the Vikings.
North Stokes (0-1) will host North Moore (0-1) on Friday at 7:30 p.m. The Mustangs feature 19 on the roster and lost their opener 32-13 on Friday to the Community School of Davidson.
Robert Money can be reached at 336-749-1193.