WEST JEFFERSON — A pair of unbeaten teams squared off on Saturday with the Ashe County Middle School Bulldogs hosting Central Wilkes.
ACMS led for almost the entire game as they jumped out to a quick 14-0 lead and left Central Wilkes in a hole early on. The Bulldogs cruised to a 48-26 victory.
The Bulldogs found plenty of success through the air and on the ground. Ashe ran for 265 yards as a team and Dawson Cox tallied 204 yards passing with three touchdowns. Cox completed 12 of his 17 pass attempts. Even more importantly, the Bulldogs did not turn the ball over a single time.
Timothy Peterson, Ryan Blevins, Jacob Miller and Austin Poe all added touchdowns in the victory.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Bulldogs continued its stellar play, silencing the Central Wilkes run game for much of the afternoon and forcing four turnovers. The Bulldogs recovered a fumble and picked off three passes.
Ashe will be off this week before putting its unblemished 3-0 record on the line on Oct. 1 with a home game against North Wilkes at Ashe County Middle School.
Little Huskies season update
The Ashe County Little Huskies were also in action over the past week with a pair of game days for all of the age groups.
On Saturday, all of the JV and varsity teams from first grade through sixth grade were in action against Central Wilkes.
The Ashe County teams battled hard in each contest but came out on the losing end of the score board.
While the games may not have gone their way, the players were privileged to be joined by five members of the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 90: Clarence Wilson, Charlie Norris, Jim Lookabill, Steve Tucker and Buddy Townsend. Those five veterans proudly presented the American Flag and held it high for the players and fans in attendance prior to the Ashe County Middle School seventh and eighth grade games.
On Tuesday, the Little Huskies got to experience a piece of The Rock at Kidd-Brewer Stadium in Boone. Ashe played three games against Boone Equip on the same field that the Mountaineers play and practice on each week.
The players and coaches were all excited to take part in that great experience.
After the games, the players were able to meet former NFL player Roman Gabriel III and listen to him speak. Gabriel is an inspirational speaker and meets with youth groups all around the country about his ministry.
The Ashe Youth Football League would also like to thank Boone Equip and Appalachian State University for hosting the event. The Boone Equip team is an affiliate of Mt. Vernon Church in Boone.
First and second grade: Central Wilkes 30, Ashe 6
Third and fourth grade JV: Central Wilkes 12, Ashe 0
Third and fourth grade Varsity: Central Wilkes 8, Ashe 0
Fifth and sixth grade JV: Central Wilkes 8, Ashe 6
Fifth and sixth grade Varsity: Central Wilkes 22, Ashe 14
ACMS seventh grade: Ashe 14, Central Wilkes 0
First and second grade: Boone Equip 26, Ashe 6
Third and fourth grade: Ashe 7, Boone Equip 7
Fifth and sixth grade: Boone Equip 14, Ashe 12
Nathan Ham can be reached at 336-489-3062.