First Posted: 11/11/2009
DOBSON An old soccer rivalry will begin anew tonight when Surry Central takes on Starmount in a 6 p.m. NCHSAA western regional third-round playoff match at Surry Central.
The Golden Eagles (21-2) and Rams (16-4-1) played each other the previous eight seasons as members of the Northwest 1A and most recently in the Mountain Valley 2A. When conferences were realigned for this school year, the Rams stayed put but the Golden Eagles returned to the Northwest.
While scouting other opponents for the regular season, the Golden Eagles frequently saw those teams playing against Starmount.
We went and actually watched some other teams play against (Starmount) a couple times, Surry Central coach Blake Roth said. We know what they lost last year and what they got back. Theyre really familiar with us as well. Theres not really any secrets between the opponents.
With leading scorer Antonio Talavera leading the way, Surry Central has heard all season long how its speed is a killer. However, Roth pointed out that team quickness is useless without proper execution. It is the good passing progressions, Roth said, that best utilize his athletes natural gifts.
Teams have talked about our speed and I tell them we can look very fast or very slow depending on how we handle the ball, he said.
Roth also pointed out the Rams, who have won seven of their past eight games, arent a bunch of slowpokes. The likes of Juan Morales and Juan Lopez have caught the coachs attention.
Starmounts definitely got quality speed to go with us, he said. Theyve got speed, theyve got touch, theyre a quality team.
What the Rams will be lacking tonight is a head coach. Dale Draughn told the Elkin Tribune that he has an appointment he cannot break and will not be patrolling the sidelines. Assistant coach Harvey Urieta will assume Draughns post.
The Golden Eagles defeated Newton-Conover and Owen to reach the third round. Starmount downed Brevard and Jimmy C. Draughn.
A feather in the cap of the former Mountain Valley 2A is that Surry Central, Starmount, Forbush and Wilkes Central are all still alive in the state playoffs. With a win, the Golden Eagles will face another old foe, the winner of the Wilkes Central-Forbush matchup.
Weve come a long way and hopefully we can go a little bit farther, Roth said.
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