East Surry (1-0) at Starmount (0-1), 7:30
Last Year’s Result: East Surry 27, Starmount 6
The Rams will be rebounding from a 28-17 loss to Mount Airy. “They should do well in their league,” Starmount Coach Scott Johnson said of the Bears. “And they should make a really good run in the playoffs.
“It’s a non-conference game. We play tough people in non-conference to help us.
“Any first game you see areas you need to improve on. I tell them every year, the biggest improvement is from the first scrimmage to the second scrimmage. The second biggest improvement is from the first game to the second game.”
Johnson praised senior linebacker and running back Sawyer Davis for his performance Friday night. “Sawyer Davis played extremely well,” he said. “He ran the ball extremely hard. He played well at linebacker.
“If we can get that effort out of everybody, we’ll be all right.”
Johnson knows a little bit about playing East Surry. He’s played them every year he’s been at Starmount. “They’re going to be well-coached,” he said. “They’re physical. This year they are playing fast.
“They are going to be a surprise for a lot of people. We’ve played them for the 18 years since I’ve been here and it’s always been a good hard-nosed football game.”
Johnson said he hopes to see improvement in his offensive line from game 1 to game 2. He said he is also “worrying about the first game after the kids are in school.” And, he added, “I hope we look a little quicker.”
East Surry defeated Surry Central, 29-3, in their opener.
Forbush (1-0) at North Iredell (1-0), 7:30
Last Year’s Result: Forbush 3, North Iredell 0
After watching his team hold off Elkin, 36-26, in the season opener and after watching the game film, Forbush Coach Chris Johnson said his team “wasn’t in as good a shape as I thought we were.”
He also saw how well Tyler Holden played on defense. Holden logged four solo tackles and four assists Friday night. Luke Alderman also stood out. “He made some standout plays,” Johnson said. “He made some tackles that made you ooh and ah.”
Johnson said he wants to see maximum effort from his team this week. “We have to embed in their minds we have to go every play,” he said.
The Falcons will have to contend with speed again this Friday night. “They’re No. 2 (quarterback Kobe Campbell) and No. 3 (running back Marquise Dukes) are scary fast,” he said. “For us to stop them is going to be an issue.”
Defensively, Johnson said the Raiders “do a good job of swarming.
“It’ll be a challenge for us. We were able to squeak by last year. Looking at the tape, there’s not way we’re going to hold them to zero this year.”
North Iredell defeated Wilkes Central, 42-28, in their opener.
Jim Fuller may be reached at 336-258—4052 or Twitter @elkinareasports.