First Posted: 9/2/2009
This is the story of two teams with the same problem. Both North Surry and Starmount lost in each of the first two weeks of the season and both sit at 0-2.
Come Friday night, someones 0 must go.
Both the Rams and Greyhounds had high expectations heading into the season. Both are looking to spring themselves back into contention of the young season with a victory. What makes this matchup so intriguing is that both teams are hungry and talented, a combination that may provide a barn-burner of a game.
North Surry has always been a good ball game for us, Starmount coach Scott Johnson said. A good, physical ball game. It looks as though theyre big, strong and can run. Were looking for a physical ball game.
North Surry first-year head coach Brian Hampton, who overhauled both the offense and defense, is still waiting for the offense in particular to click. While it has shown glimpses of explosiveness with back quarterback Joston Phipps leading the way in place of injured Tanner Hiatt, the North Surry offense has yet to provide a breakout game.
Were right on the verge of doing some really good things, Hampton said. Hopefully this week we can get the monkey off our back so to speak and get the ball rolling against a quality opponent like Starmount.
The trouble for Starmount has been costly mistakes, miscues like turnovers and penalties that can wipe away a lead or momentum and suddenly send the Rams plummeting into the loss column.
Were just young and inexperienced and trying to grow up, Johnson said. (We need to) cut down on the things that are stopping us.
What the aptly named Rams have on their side is a bruising running game, one that rushed for over 300 yards against East Surry last week.
We have got to stop the run, Hampton said. Thats first and foremost. They throw the ball pretty good. If we can make them beat us throwing the football then we accomplished something.
However, one of the players that impressed Hampton the most on the game film he has watched was Rams quarterback Jake Barr. Against East Surry in last week, Barr moved back to the shotgun position where he was able to run or pass. The big, strong quarterback needs to be respected, but the Greyhounds cannot cheat on either the run or pass because Barr has a powerful throwing arm to go with a powerful running style that needs to be kept in check.
Both teams have played a tough two games between them with no wins to show for it. Both Hampton and Johnson lamented that it can be frustrating for their players to put such an effort forth and come back empty-handed.
What could give the Greyhounds an advantage is the fact that its their first home game. The hiring of Hampton created a buzz early in the summer and fans are anxious to see what the Greyhounds look like. That could mean a packed house at Charles Atkins Stadium rooting for the home team.
Hopefully we have a lot of fan support coming out and be that 12th man to get us going, Hampton said.
Contact Ed Phillipps at [email protected] or 719-1921.