BOONVILLE — With the football regular season winding down, Starmount and Elkin find themselves poised to fight for the Mountain Valley Conference’s top 1A seed in the upcoming state playoffs.
The Rams, despite last week’s heart-breaking 13-10 loss to conference front-runner North Wilkes (7-1, 4-0), remain atop the 1A standings at 5-3 overall and 3-1 in league play, leading Elkin and Alleghany by a game in the win column.
Starmount will look to get back on track and keep control in the standings Friday against winless East Wilkes at home.
The Buckin’ Elks have found their rhythm offensively and have won two straight conference games (42-28 over East Wilkes, 36-21 over West Wilkes) to even their record at 2-2 and 5-3 overall.
Elkin needs help in the 1A race after dropping the head-to-head match-up with rival Starmount in September.
The Elks can keep the pressure on the Rams with another league win Friday against defending champion Wilkes Central on the road in Moravian Falls.
While Starmount and Elkin battle for the 1A title, conference unbeatens North Wilkes and Ashe County square off in Hays for a de facto championship game.
The Vikings are perfect against the league’s top teams, beating second-place Starmount, third-place Elkin and fourth-place Alleghany in succession, and can lock up the conference title with a win Friday.
The Huskies (5-3, 4-0) are riding a four game win streak, but have knocked off the bottom teams in the standings.
Rounding out conference action in Week Ten, West Wilkes travels to Alleghany searching for its first league victory, while spoiling the Trojans’ hopes for a 1A title.
In Western Piedmont Conference action, upstart Forbush heads to first-place Carver tonight looking to shake up the standings.
All games kick off at 7:30 p.m.
Reach Matthew Gorry at 835-1513 or firstname.lastname@example.org.