EAST BEND — On a Friday night in East Bend, the Starmount Rams were out to prove doubters wrong.
Despite starting the season 0-2, the Rams (1-2) defeated the Forbush Falcons 35-15 for their 10th straight win in the Unifi Bowl.
The Falcons (2-2) were coming off of a comeback win against North Wilkes last Saturday afternoon, and started out looking like a team that could break its decade-long losing streak against the Rams. However, turnovers, along with seniors Brandon Prescott, Andrew Smythers and Trey Lomax running over the Falcons defense, led to their demise.
Forbush held a 9-6 lead after the first quarter, but the players saw their lead go away for good when running back Brandon Prescott found a hole and broke free for a 61-yard touchdown run. Prescott was later named player of the game.
“We’re a physical team and we need to run physical. That’s what I’ve learned in my four years here,” Prescott said. “I’ve never lost to Forbush in my whole career, and I didn’t want to lose tonight.”
Any time Forbush looked like it had momentum, it was quickly thrown away. From a muffed punt, to an interception that ended a promising drive, Forbush blew some big opportunities to maintain control of the game. Midway through the second quarter, Forbush was driving down the field and looking to retake the lead. Quarterback Jackson Cooper was avoiding defenders left and right on a big run. However, with only one man left to beat, Cooper fumbled the football inside the 10-yard line for another turnover. The Rams responded with a 92-yard drive to make it a two possession game at the half.
“Turnovers, we preach not to have them. We preach to create them,” Starmount Head Coach Scott Johnson said.
The Falcons (2-2) were coming off of a comeback win against North Wilkes last Saturday afternoon, and many projected that they would break their decade-long losing streak against the Rams. Quarterback and free safety Andrew Smythers helped to prevent that from happening. Smythers had three touchdowns, two rushing, one passing, and added an interception on defense in the win.
“The fact that everyone doubts us and thinks we weren’t going to win blew my mind,” Smythers said. “I’ve been thinking about this game all week and I was ready to play.”
“If Starmount High School’s football reputation doesn’t earn the respect of other people, it’s their problem,” Coach Johnson said.
Starmount’s next game is at home Sept. 18 against Thomasville (1-2), while Forbush travels to East Wilkes (3-0) the same night.
Ryan DeCosta can be reached at 336-258-4052 or via Twitter @rsdecosta.