Starmount (1-1) at South Iredell (1-1), 7:30
Last Year’s Result: South Iredell 38, Starmount 6
Starmount is feeling much better after defeating East Surry, 38-15, Friday night. “The effort level was much better,” Starmount Coach Scott Johnson said. “We were much more physical.”
Johnson said the technique that has been taught and practiced “was showing up.”
Johnson thinks Brandon Prescott, the Starmount kick returner with a long return in each of the first two games, will continue to have success. He said kicking teams cannot get the running start they could a year ago and when teams kick it deep, it sets up well for Prescott.
He did say he’d like for his inexperienced offensive line to pick up some blocking assignments that were missed. Furthermore, he didn’t like having a punt blocked.
This year’s edition of the South Iredell-Starmount matchup should be much different than last year’s, Johnson said. “They’re a little younger,” he explained. “They have nine seniors, but not one senior starts on defense.
“They’re trying to find themselves.”
The Vikings opened with a 31-21 loss to South Rowan before defeating Hickory, 34-27, last week.
Johnson said he concerned mainly about his squad, which is small in numbers, containing South Iredell’s spread offense.
North Wilkes (0-2) at Forbush (1-1), 7:30
Last Year’s Result: Forbush 54, North Wilkes 39
In last week’s 33-17 loss to North Iredell, Forbush Coach Chris Johnson said his team overcame their lack of depth and their “lack of speed and athleticism with the way they executed” until tired legs helped the Raiders gain control of the game.
He said he expects his team to have to overcome those same things Friday night when the Falcons host North Wilkes.
“I know they are well-coached,” Johnson said. “(Head coach) Monty Chipman does a good job getting the most out of his players. They are a speed team.
“These are the kind of team that give us problems.”
Johnson said he is hoping the Vikings will be limited in numbers like his team.
North Wilkes lost their opener to West Caldwell, 35-6; and lost last week to South Stokes, 36-34.
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