BOONVILLE — This week all four football teams are back in action for the fourth week of Friday night football.
One of the biggest games of the season will be happening this week, as the Forbush Falcons (2-1) travel to their cross-county rivals, Starmount (0-2), for the Unifi Bowl. Coincidentally, both teams are carrying the same records going into this week’s game as they were carrying last season. Overlooking the current records, it looks as though this game will be another great matchup for Yadkin County.
For the past 11 years, Starmount has had the edge over Forbush. The Falcons have struggled on offense as they’ve matched up against the Rams’ powerhouse defense. The Falcons are coming off of a blow-out, 42-7, loss against North Wilkes so they are looking to put that loss out of their minds and bring home the coveted Unifi Bowl trophy. The Falcons were without their starting quarterback, Jackson Cooper, last week.
This week Cooper should be healthy enough to return to the starting position. For the Falcons to take home a win, they’ll have to put the Rams in a tough situation with their run game. Zane Johnson has the power and the strength to beat the Rams’ line, but the Falcons also will need to rely on other offensive players to make some of the big plays.
Starmount has yet to find a win this season as it has matched up against Mount Airy for a 42-18 loss, and East Surry for a 28-27 loss. The Rams were ahead of East Surry, but they couldn’t hang on to the lead. To keep their Unifi Bowl winning streak going, the Rams will have to jump on the Falcons early and maintain their lead throughout all four quarters. With the Falcons’ strong offensive line, the Rams will need to come out big on defense. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m. at Starmount High School.
Elkin (0-3) will be hosting Surry Central (3-0) for its first home game of the season. The Elks have struggled on offense and defense in their last three games. They have lost by margins of 27-6, 40-6, and 62-7. Elkin has scored only three touchdowns this season, one in each game. To overcome Surry Central, the Elks will need to keep their momentum after they score their first touchdown. Game time is set for 7:30 at Elkin High School.
The East Wilkes Cardinals (1-1) are coming off of a bye week, and are looking forward to taking on North Stokes (0-3) this Friday in Danbury. The Cardinals have struggled on offense when it comes to fumbles. In their last home game against Surry Central, the Cardinals had six fumbles. Although East Wilkes had several fumbles, they only lost by a margin of one-point. This says a lot about the Cardinals’ defense, as they know when they need to show up and make a play. The Cardinals will be looking to get back to their winning ways against a team which has yet to win a game. Game time is set for 7:30 at North Stokes.
Kristian Russell can be reached at 336-258-4052 or on Twitter @YadkinElkSports.