With the fourth week of high school football rolling into town, teams are gearing up for another showdown.
One of the biggest games of the season will be happening this week, as the Starmount Rams (0-3) travel to their cross-county rivals, Forbush Falcons (1-2), for the Unifi Bowl. The Falcons are coming off of a 42-0 loss to East Wilkes, while Starmount are coming off of a 22-20 loss to West Stokes.
Last season the Falcons broke an 11-year winning drought with a 27-7 win over the Rams. This season things have changed for both teams with the loss of players, and the return of others. The Falcons have yet to come together cohesively offensively and defensively. The players will have something to prove this week against the Rams. The last time Forbush beat Starmount in East Bend came in 2005 when the Falcons earned a 19-16 win.
This week Forbush will have to smooth out its kinks and take measure to protect quarterback, Blake Winebarger. If the Falcons offensive line could come together to give Winebarger time in the pocket, the pass game for Forbush could be the game changer. On the run game, the Falcons will have to learn to take big hits and get the tough yards.
Although Starmount has yet to earn a win, the Rams have stuck with each of their opponents in their first three games. Starmount has a returning quarterback, Patrick Usher, and several returning players from last season’s team. Usher is able to set the tone for his offense with his veteran skills which can put the Falcons on their heels.
This season Starmount’s offensive line is able to make quick changes to give Usher more time in the pocket and make the big plays. The Rams have shown in their previous games that they can be a powerhouse team if things fall into place. The Rams can master the basics and come out with great pass protection against a team like Forbush.
While Starmount has great pass protection, the Rams have struggled to maintain the lead in the fourth quarter. Last week the Rams had the lead over West Stokes until the final minute of the game. West Stokes forced a Starmount fumble which resulted in a Wildcats touchdown. For Starmount to take the Unifi Bowl trophy back to Boonville, it will have to put in a four-quarter performance.
Friday night’s game is bound to be an exciting one for Yadkin County. Kick-off is set for 7:30 p.m. in East Bend.