Starmount hangs on for win, set for battle

By Ryan DeCosta -

BOONVILLE — While their season did not start out strong, Starmount football is picking up the pace as they’re set for the Battle of the Bridge.

They demolished Forbush at their own house on Sept. 11, and followed it up with a 14-13 win against Thomasville Friday night.

When it comes to the Rams scoring, they could point at one man who came in through the clutch both times. Brandon Prescott got things started for the Rams with a short touchdown run, but he didn’t stop there. On special teams, Prescott scored on a kickoff return. With it being such a low scoring game, Head Coach Scott Johnson noted just how important continuing on their strong defense they displayed the week before was.

“It was good for our guys to win a tough game against a very athletic team,” Johnson said. “We kept working and our defense was exceptional. We made several plays in special teams and hopefully are continuing to build confidence.”

Looking ahead, Starmount faces Elkin in their second big rivalry game in only three weeks, but coach Johnson is not focused on that. Johnson said he wants to see how they can improve themselves, rather than focus on the opponent, at least not just yet.

Despite starting 0-2, Starmount has fired off two straight wins and moves on to a team that has not really shown signs of life so far. Elkin has struggled to stop the run, but rivalry games can sometimes bring the best out of everyone. However, if the Elkin defensive line plays like it did against Mount Airy or North Surry, then this game won’t even be close.

The thing going in Elkin’s favor is that the slates are now wiped clean as conference play begins. They might not have the bragging rights East Wilkes has after starting undefeated in non-conference, but they could jump in conference play with a win. Whether or not that happens is yet to be seen.

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

By Ryan DeCosta

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