BOONVILLE - With the regular season winding down, Starmount and Elkin hit the field tonight in their respective Senior Night matchups.
In Boonville, the unbeaten Rams host Alleghany in their home finale looking to remain perfect.
At 8-0 on the year and 6-0 in the Mountain Valley Conference, Starmount controls its own destiny for a fifth-straight conference crown. The Trojans sit seventh in the standings at 2-7 (2-4).
With a senior class up over 25 players, the Rams will honor one of their largest classes in recent memory in a pregame ceremony.
On the field, fourth-ranked Starmount (according to MaxPreps’s 2A rankings) will look to take another step towards the conference championship.
The vaunted Ram defense enters play as the top-ranked defensive unit in the state across the four classifications of high school football (1A-4A). Starmount is allowing a historic state-low 4.13 points per game and a total of 33 combined points in its eight games.
The Rams D has recorded three shutouts, has allowed one touchdown of any kind in conference play - a 90-yard kickoff return by North Wilkes last week - while not surrendering an offensive touchdown in 27 quarters of play (Week Two at East Surry).
In Elkin, the electrifying Elks return to the field on Senior Night against second-place Wilkes Central (7-1, 6-0) tonight in Week Ten.
Riding a three-game win streak into the meeting, Elkin has all but wrapped up the top 1A seed coming out of the MVAC in the upcoming playoffs.
Leading West Wilkes by one game in the race, the Elks hold the tie-breaker virtue of the clean sweep over 1A teams (West, North, East Wilkes and Alleghany).
Against the Eagles, Elkin has the opportunity to add a statement win to its resume with the postseason looming two weeks away.
East Wilkes heads into its bye week.
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