Starmount and Forbush both clinched home playoff games with wins in their final games of the regular season, but despite a previous report, Elkin has to play on the road.
The first round games for all classifications are set for Wednesday night. Starmount is the top seed out of the three schools as a No. 3 seed in 1A competition. The Rams will play Atkins at home at 6 p.m. Forbush is a No. 11 seed in the 2A competition, and hosts Parkwood at 7 p.m. Elkin is a No. 22 seed, and will travel to North Moore at 7 p.m.
According to MaxPreps, it’s the first time Forbush and Parkwood have played each other on the men’s side, although the Forbush girls defeated them in the regional semifinals earlier this year. Forbush’s record (20-2-2) is impressive, and when this team plays to its potential, it’s hard to stop. However, when it doesn’t play close to its potential, there were times during the year, notably at North Surry (3-17-2), where if not for a late comeback, Forbush could easily have had to head on the road this playoffs.
It’s also the first time Starmount and Atkins have played each other. Against common opponents this season, Atkins is 5-2 while Starmount is 5-0. Atkins skidded its way into the playoffs however, losing its final three games. Starmount did just the opposite, winning its final three. The Rams have strength in juniors this season, with Salomon Maya and Jeyson Pineda both close to school records for assists and goals, respectively. Their seniors Vicente Adame and Erick Teodoro have been the backbone of this team, showing outstanding leadership.
Elkin travels southeast to North Moore at 7 p.m. Elkin lost some costly games this season, particularly late in the year against Ashe County and Wilkes Central. Both games were tied at the end of regulation, with the Buckin’ Elks losing in PKs both times. If it says anything about the team, however, it says this team is more than capable of pulling off an upset, as Ashe County and Wilkes Central are two top teams in the Mountain Valley Athletic Conference. If they are to do it though, they’ll have to do something that no team has done against North Moore in the past six games, and that’s score. In October, North Moore outscored its opponents 47-1.
Unfortunately for East Wilkes, following an incident with Ashe County in October, the Cardinals were disqualified from tournament play. The Cardinals finished the season 6-12, and fifth in the MVAC.
Winners of Wednesday night’s games will go on to play Saturday night.
Ryan DeCosta can be reached at 336-258-4052 or via Twitter @rsdecosta.