Only two weeks remain in the regular season for football, and only one team has the potential to come out of Friday night with a trophy to add to its case.
East Wilkes (9-0, 5-0 MVAC) overcame adversity for the second straight week with a win over Starmount, and can clinch the regular season Mountain Valley Athletic Conference championship. However, its opponent Friday night, Wilkes Central (9-1, 5-1 MVAC), is the team trying to steal perfection, and the conference title away.
A Cardinals win guarantees them the conference as they’d have the tiebreaker over Ashe County and Wilkes Central no matter what happens the final weekend. Both teams have depth in the running game, but the edge should go to the Cardinals. Seniors Camon Bryan and Andrew Nance have combined for 26 touchdowns on the season. In last week’s win, Bryan ran for a career-high 232 yards and two touchdowns.
What this game will likely come down to is what the Cardinals’ defense calls themselves — the #MurkSquad. Call them whatever one likes, because they’re allowing only 146 yards per game, and have four shutouts this season.
Meanwhile, Starmount has no easy task playing Ashe County, the other No. 2 team in the MVAC, Friday night. However, look back to its rough 0-2 start this year. Many thought it would be the year that Forbush would finally end its losing streak when they met in Week 4. This team has the will power to beat a team like Ashe County, and if they can pull off the feat, it will most certainly help their seeding when playoffs come around.
Elkin (1-8, 1-4 MVAC) might make the playoffs anyway, but if it wants to avoid traveling hours to play likely one of the best schools in the class, whoever that may be, the Elks are going to have to win out. It starts with senior night against Alleghany (2-8, 1-5 MVAC). Friday night needs to be treated like a must-win for them, and with the talent this team shows at times, there’s no reason to believe it can’t.
It never hurts to win, and Forbush (4-5, 1-2 WPAC) could certainly use one to stop its two-game skid. After losing to West Stokes Oct. 16 30-10, the Falcons couldn’t stop Carver’s running attack in a 47-7 loss. They host Surry Central (3-6, 1-2 WPAC) Friday. Entering Friday night, North Surry, Surry Central and Forbush are all tied in the WPAC at 1-2, meaning a Falcons win could have major playoff implications.
All games are scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.
Ryan DeCosta can be reached at 336-258-4052 or via Twitter @rsdecosta.