BOONVILLE — Home field advantage is something most teams savor, the Starmount Rams have yet to win a game at home this season. Friday night’s game against Wilkes Central saw the Rams come away with their fifth home-game loss, as they fell to the Eagles 47-18.
It took the Eagles just two plays, and 43 seconds to score their first touchdown of the night and take a 7-0 lead over the Rams. Peyton Mullins started the Rams’ next drive off with a 32-yard kickoff return to give the Rams a first down at the 48-yard line. The Eagles defense stood strong against the Rams and forced a punt on fourth down. On the next Eagles drive, the Rams forced a punt. The punt hit Gaitlin Welborn right in the hands, who returned the ball to the end-zone to score Starmount’s first touchdown of the night. The extra point attempt by the Rams was no good, but they cut the Eagles’ lead 7-6.
The Eagles took their next drive to heart and earned two first downs in a row before coming up on third-and-13. The Rams were looking to get a huge stop, but Wilkes Central had other ideas as it earned another first down. The Eagles’ drive lead the teams into the second quarter, where it took 16 seconds for the Eagles to score another touchdown to take a 14-6 lead. On the Rams’ next play, they ran for 68 yards before coming up on second-and-goal from the 6-yard line. Mullins faked to the right before running to the left to find the end-zone and cut the Eagles lead, 14-12. One area that Starmount has struggled in all season has been the extra-point attempt. On Friday night, the Rams attempted one, then went to a two-point conversion which was unsuccessful.
Just as it looked like the Rams were going to stick with the Eagles for the rest of the game, Wilkes Central found its momentum. The third quarter saw the Eagles score several touchdowns and take a 47-12 lead over the Rams. Starmount kept fighting in the fourth quarter, as Sentrone Davidson stepped in at quarterback to get a few reps. Brenden Eads took a hand-off from Davidson to run the ball into the end-zone and give the Rams their third touchdown of the night. Although the Rams were down 47-18, they went for an onside kick that Wilkes Central recovered. When time ran out, the Rams had fallen to the Eagles 47-18.
Wilkes Central had nine touchdowns on the night, five of those were courtesy of Justin Parsons. Starmount had three touchdowns, three fumbles, and two turnovers on downs.
The Rams move to 1-6 overall and 1-2 in the MVAC, they will travel to North Wilkes (3-3, 1-1) on Oct. 14.