First Posted: 10/28/2009
On paper, this Fridays Mount Airy-South Stokes meeting in Walnut Cove seems like a train wreck waiting to happen.
While this presumption might seem harsh, when looking at the statistics and recent history, the pendulum swings decidedly in Mount Airys favor.
Coming into Friday with a 25-game win streak, the Granite Bears (9-0 overall, 5-0 conference) are averaging 47 points a game and giving up just more than 14, third best in the Northwest 1A/2A behind Bishop McGuinness (10.5) and East Surry (11.2).
On the opposite end of the spectrum, South Stokes (0-9 overall, 0-5 conference) is averaging less than a touchdown offensively (5.6) per game and has given up a league-worst 395 points in nine games.
To put this difference in perspective, two weeks ago Mount Airy put up 66 points on North Surry, who dropped 60 on the Sauras earlier this season.
Injuries and a senior defection have made the South Stokes sideline a ghost town, with South being forced to play several players both in JV and Varsity contests just to have enough bodies to take the field.
The Bears come off a hard fought win over Bishop, which saw Mount Airy trail in the first half before mounting a blazing comeback to take the lead in the final ticks of the second quarter.
Mount Airy fumbled the ball three times, losing two against a Bishop team who focuses on ball control and misdirection.
Bishop speedster Marty DeFrancesco burnt the Bears for 208 yards receiving, which included a 95-yard touchdown to give the Villains an early lead.
But Mount Airys late first-half scores, and a second-half shutout by the defense righted the ship and sent the Bears into Week 10 still undefeated and locked on a collision course with arch rival East Surry in next weeks season finale.