East Wilkes and Starmount are set to battle Friday night, and make no mistake, it will be the game of the week.
The Cardinals narrowly escaped defeat in a thrilling comeback win against Ashe County. Down 22-7 at halftime, the Cardinals rallied back, capped off by a sophomore-to-sophomore connection for a 46-yard touchdown. The deciding play was a result of everything clicking for the Cardinals (8-0, 4-0 MVAC), with Jared Wood running a great route and quarterback Bryce Vestal putting it where he needed it.
When Chris Ward went down and out for the season on the Cardinals, Vestal was thrown in, and since then has led them to two shutout wins against teams that the seniors had never beaten before, and a comeback win.
The East Wilkes defense has done well so far this season also, with four shutouts. This team can make it far if they can keep it up. The defense will have to find a way to stop Starmount, and not just Brandon Prescott. Prescott has had a year that based on his football skills alone, should have some schools looking at him seriously. He’s a weapon on both sides of the ball, but he’s not the only reason the team has gotten hot as of late.
Sophomore Peyton Mullins showed up in a big way, scoring the first touchdown in a 54-13 win over North Wilkes last Friday night. Mullins scored two more touchdowns on the night, while Prescott scored four. These Starmount Rams (5-3, 3-1 MVAC) have been far from perfect, but they could eliminate the Cardinals’ chances at perfection Friday night.
Elkin (1-7, 1-3 MVAC), if it is to make the playoffs, could have to win one of its final three games. The Elks play at Wilkes Central (8-1, 4-1 MVAC) Friday night. With Wilkes Central, Alleghany and Ashe County filling out the remainder of the schedule, it’s going to be tough for Elkin to pull off an upset.
Forbush (4-4, 1-1 WPAC) would like stop the flip-flopping between wins and losses, but stop it with a win at Carver (5-3, 2-0 WPAC) Friday night. The Falcons lost their homecoming game to West Stokes 30-10 last week, and Carver’s a team they’ve not previously beaten. A win would certainly be a morale boost, and help them out during playoff consideration.
All games are slated for a 7:30 start.
Ryan DeCosta can be reached at 336-258-4052 or via Twitter @rsdecosta.