Forbush, Starmount set for Unifi Bowl


Week four football preview

By Ryan DeCosta - rdecosta@civitasmedia.com



Forbush quarterback Jackson Cooper scrambles for space during Saturday afternoon’s game against North Wilkes. They play rival Starmount Friday night in the UNIFI Bowl.


Ryan DeCosta | Elkin Tribune

Friday night features week four of football action, with the game of the night happening in East Bend.

The Forbush Falcons (2-1) and Starmount Rams (0-2) are set to square off to battle at Forbush High School in the Unifi Bowl, and it looks like it will be a great matchup.

Historically, Starmount has the edge, as Forbush has not defeated Starmount since 2006. However, Forbush looks like a team that could end the losing streak this weekend. They’re coming off a thrilling comeback win which saw sophomore Zane Johnson drive the ball 91 yards for the game-winning score in a 20-19 win over North Wilkes. Their running attack as a whole looks strong, as Johnson, Cameron Engebretson, Jackson Cooper and Omar Montalvan have all surpassed the 100-yard mark.

Their quarterback, sophomore Jackson Cooper, has gradually improved since week one, but also has struggled at times scrambling. Some plays during the North Wilkes game set back Cooper and the Falcons some big yards. Head Coach Chris Johnson was not happy after the performance, saying they need to get better to have any chance to beat Starmount.

Starmount, on the other hand, has yet to grab a win this season, and will be traveling to Forbush looking for its first. Starmount put some points up in the second half of its week two matchup against East Surry, but allowing 34 first-half points proved to be too much for the Rams to handle. They also opened the season with a 14-2 loss to Mount Airy. After this weekend, the Rams will have their home opener next Friday against Thomasville before another rivalry game against Elkin.

Elkin (0-2) travels to Surry Central (0-3) in what looks like an interesting matchup. Neither team has really excelled this year. Elkin led after the first quarter against Mount Airy, but then the defense collapsed in a 63-7 rout. They’ve also let up big points against Forbush and North Surry in losses as well. Surry Central has started very similarly, with 48-13, 48-14, and 35-10 losses to East Surry, East Wilkes and Wilkes Central. Surry Central also has to deal with three days less rest than normal, after its game against Wilkes Central was postponed until Monday night.

East Wilkes (2-0) hopes to continue its strong start, but will have to do it against another strong team in North Stokes (2-0). The Cardinals have been strong defensively, and nearly just as strong offensively this year, and it’s shown with some big point margins. The Cardinals are coming off of a bye week, as is North Stokes. What’s most interesting about this is how East Wilkes is going to handle the defense who has not let up any points this year. Last year, North Stokes finished on the opposite end of the spectrum, with five of their last seven games being shutout losses.

All games are set to begin at 7:30, weather permitting.

Ryan DeCosta can be reached at 336-258-4052 or via Twitter @rsdecosta.

Forbush quarterback Jackson Cooper scrambles for space during Saturday afternoon’s game against North Wilkes. They play rival Starmount Friday night in the UNIFI Bowl.
http://yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_1-IMG_5315.jpgForbush quarterback Jackson Cooper scrambles for space during Saturday afternoon’s game against North Wilkes. They play rival Starmount Friday night in the UNIFI Bowl. Ryan DeCosta | Elkin Tribune
Week four football preview

By Ryan DeCosta

rdecosta@civitasmedia.com

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