Elkin (0-0) at Forbush (0-0), 7:30
Last Year’s Result: Elkin 24, Forbush 21
Losing a close game on the opponent’s home field in 2013 sets the stage for the Elkin-Forbush clash in East Bend Friday night.
Forbush Coach Chris Johnson is cautious about approaching the game with revenge in mind. “There’s always a revenge factor,” Johnson said. “You want to play that card as a coach.
“Thing is it’s not necessarily good for us. The skill players who made plays against us last year are still there.
“We could expect the same difficulties Friday night.”
The game opens the season after summer seven-on-sevens, weight training, two scrimmages, and practices. “I’ve been pleased with my scrimmages,” Johnson said. “We look like a team starting now prepared to play football.”
Friday night will be the first look Johnson gets at a team with a lot of skill, but not a lot of depth.
“They seem to be adaptive,” Johnson said. “I think out kids are ready for it.”
Both Elkin and Forbush went 6-6 a year ago.
Mount Airy (0-0) at Starmount (0-0), 7:30
Last Year’s Result: Starmount 23, Mount Airy 13
An early season clash of regional titans. The Bears went 9-4 a year ago, while the Rams went 10-4.
“We know Mount Airy’s going to be a challenge for us,” Starmount Coach Scott Johnson said. “They return a lot of their skill players.”
Johnson said the offensive and defensive lines for both teams have questions.
Johnson also said he has this game in perspective. The Rams began 1-2 a year ago - losing twice after beating Mount Airy.
“It’s a measuring stick for where we are, but not where we are going to be,” he said. “We like to play quality people in our non-conference schedule to get us prepared.”
Johnson said he feels pretty good about is team after last week’s scrimmages and said his team comes into the opener healthy, but added “We obviously have a lot to work on.”
East Wilkes (0-0) at South Stokes (0-0), 7:30
Last Year’s Result: South Stokes 51, East Wilkes 50
East Wilkes Head Coach J.K. Adkins doesn’t want to talk about last year’s loss to South Stokes or 2013.
“That was 2013,” he said. “This is 2014.
“They’re a whole brand new team and we are as well.”
Adkins said he is pleased with his team’s progress preceding the first game of the year - particularly through last week’s scrimmages. “We’ve cut down on our mental mistakes,” he said. “We’ve shown good growth.”
With quarterbacks Colby Holcomb and Chris Ward questionable heading into Friday night’s matchup, junior Andrew Nance has been getting the reps behind center. “We’re preparing Andrew to play on Friday,” Adkins said.
Adkins did add that it is “not out of the realm of possibilities” that Holcomb or Ward will play Friday night. Of those two, Ward is more likely to play.
Quarterback issues aside, Adkins said his team is ready. “I think we have a group of optimistic kids who feel good about what they’re doing and feel good about themselves as a group.”
Jim Fuller may be reached at 336-258-4052 or Twitter @elkinareasports.