In the preseason, returning players stacked the Starmount roster and filled the team and fans alike with high expectations for the 2010 season.
With the expectations resting on their shoulders, the Rams opened the season with a big 50-23 win against Mount Airy. With the early win against a talented team, it seemed the Rams had gotten the added confidence needed to make a late push in November.
After the win against Mount Airy, the Rams continued to steamroll through the regular season.
The Rams went on to dominate the East Surry Cardinals and North Surry before diving into the heat of the MVAC schedule.
Starmount faced in-county rival Forbush to begin the conference season in the Unifi-Bowl.
The Rams held off the Falcons with little trouble for the 44-3 win. The last win for the Falcons came back in 2006 when Forbush defeated Starmount 27-14.
From there, the Rams set their sights on the East Wilkes Cardinals. The Rams faced the Cardinals for the second conference game, and easily fended off the Cardinals. At halftime, the Rams held a commanding 47-0 lead over East. The Rams eventually took the 53-7 win.
After facing the Cardinals, the Rams faced to Ashe County and defeated them 51-13.
With the win over Ashe County, things seemed to be going their way.
The next week brought the team to Elkin for the annual Battle of the Bridge where the Rams won the coveted chunk of the Hugh Chatham Memorial Bridge by the biggest margin of victory in the "Battle's" history. The Rams easily defeated the Elks 59-0.
From there, the plowed over West Wilkes, North Wilkes, and Alleghany before finally facing the Wilkes Central Eagles for the MVAC championship.
The Eagles gave the Rams a run for their money, and the game actually remained tied at 14 for a time before the Rams opened up a gap in the score and took the 35-14 win for the 2010 MVAC championship.
After capturing the 2010 MVAC title, the Rams were slated to face the East Rutherford Cavaliers in the first round of the state playoffs.
With momentum riding high, the Rams hit the gridiron for what would be their final outing in 2010.
Red zone turnovers proved costly for the Rams.
Starmount was plagued by two fumbles and an interception and just like that, the Rams found themselves down 14-24...a deficit they would not recover from.
Despite losing their first, and only game, in the first round of the playoffs, the Rams had a successful campaign through 2010, posting an impressive 11-1 record.
Led by quarterback Jake Barr and M.J. Bryant, Starmount dominated the conference and made a name for themselves.
While the seniors will move on, the juniors and underclassmen will suit up next fall, eying that late push in November.
After a rough 2009 outing, the Forbush Falcons looked to the 2010 season as one of redemption. With new coach Chris Johnson at the helm, the Falcons were set on the path to a successful season.
In 2009, the Falcons posted just one win in their season. Their lone win came against the North Surry Greyhounds in the first game of the season.
With the thoughts of their 2009 season in mind, the Falcons got set with their "new Forbush" mentality that Johnson had brought.
However, things started slow for the Falcons.
Forbush opened the season with four losses.
Dropping losses to North Surry, West Stokes, Starmount and West Wilkes didn't set well with the team.
With their season off to a Rocky start, the Falcons had to rebound, and rebound soon, with a win.
Facing the North Wilkes Vikings on the road, the Falcons racked up 55 points in their win over the Vikings.
Tyler Morgan literally carried the team to their win with 20 carries for 261-yards and four rushing touchdowns, three of which came in the first half.
With their confidence high, the Falcons rolled their momentum into their next game against Alleghany, where they stomped the Trojans 48-14.
Morgan again had a big game, with 20 carries on 213-yards with three touchdowns.
Although Morgan proved to be an offensive force, quarterback Devin Doss grew into the leader the team needed by season's end, and became quite the offensive weapon himself.
Although winning two in a row, the Falcons dropped their next two games.
The Falcons were quelled by the Wilkes Central Eagles 14-47.
The next week, Forbush faced the East Wilkes Cardinals in the WXII High School Playbook game to be featured on television.
East Wilkes pulled away in the second half for the 30-13 win over the Falcons.
Forbush would get their game back in their next game against Ashe County.
In a game where most would have picked the Huskies to easily defeat the Falcons, Forbush went to work and defeated the Huskies 24-14.
Morgan again led the way for the Falcons with 142-yards rushing on 24 carries.
The game against Ashe County proved what Forbush is capable of, and with their winning mentality sustained, the Falcons finally got a taste of what they can do.
In their final game of the season, the Falcons were held just shy of capturing their fourth win in the season.
The Falcons hosted the Elkin Buckin' Elks in what could have determined the Falcons potentially earning a playoff bid with a win.
After back and forth play and strong defensive series by both teams, Forbush held control of the ball with two minutes left in the game, down 14-17. With control of the ball near midfield, the Falcons zoned in and eyed the end zone.
Despite giving their strongest effort, the Elk defense held the Falcons shy of scoring and the win.
With their season ended, Forbush has a new sense of success about them and will carry the momentum of their wins into the 2011 season next year.