North Stokes football program came off a big win last week, their first since 2015, but on Friday met the state’s number one ranked team in 1A, Mount Airy.
The Bears ran the scoreboard to 62-0 by the end of both team’s opening night of Northwest 1A Conference play. Mount Airy set a new school record by recording back-to-back weeks of 60 plus points against opponents.
The Bears forced a fumble on the Vikings first possession and took little time in scoring. Holden Poindexter found Wake Forest signee Donavon Greene for a 16-yard touchdown reception. Jackson Tumbarello connected on his first of eight PATs and made the score 7-0 two minutes into the contest.
North, trying to shake out the jitters of a rocky start, fumbled the ball again, but recovered. Two more plays of negative yardage and Matt Bullins punted the ball away to the 50-yard line. One play later, running back Johnathon Smith scored his first of three touchdowns of the game for a 14-0 advantage.
Mount Airy’s defense swarmed North Stokes on every play. The Vikings were forced to punt two more times in the quarter, and the visitors capitalized with a 37-yard reception to Jaedon Hill and 22-yard dash by Smith. After one quarter of play, the Bears were comfortably 28-0.
Mount Airy tacked on three more touchdowns in the second stanza. A three-yard scamper by Smith, a 21-yard reception to Armando Estrada, and another three-yard run, but this time by Hill, and the Bears led 49-0 at the half.
With a running clock in the second half, the Vikings were limited to only one possession in the third quarter and two in the fourth. They found a sliver of success when Bullins picked up a 13-yard run, and gained North’s only first down of the contest. Then, quarterback Christian Shemo completed a 13-yard pass to Nate Knight. Mount Airy scored a touchdown in each quarter from Tallin Grey and Estrada for the final score.
“I just wish our effort was better tonight,” said Viking coach Frank Sessoms. “Mount Airy has a lot of weapons and there is a reason they are as good as they are. I’m just disappointed that we didn’t try harder. I’m okay with losing to a better team, but I’m not okay with us laying down and giving no effort. We have to compete to the best of our ability on every play.”
Bullins led the Vikings with 15-yards rushing, a 26-yard kick-off return, punted seven times on the night, and collected nine tackles.
Mount Airy improves to 7-0 overall and 1-0 in conference play. The Vikings fall to 1-6 and 0-1. The Bears will host South Stokes (1-6) next week and North Stokes will welcome Bishop McGuinness to Danbury for homecoming. Both games will start at 7:30 p.m.
Robert Money can be reached at 336-749-1193.