First Posted: 11/12/2009
BOONVILLE All season long, the Surry Central football team has had one goal: make it to the playoffs. Well, the extra season is upon the area and the Golden Eagles (2-9) are ready to square off against Starmount (9-2) in a NCHSAA 2A clash tonight at 7:30 in Boonville.
After going through a season with their sights set on one thing, Golden Eagles coach Monty Southern said it has been easy for his team to change goals.
We just switched our goal to Nov. 16 (the date of second-round games), Southern said. Theres a few teams who can look ahead, but its pretty much one game at a time.
To get to the next date, a formidable foe must be beaten. The Rams lost their first two games of the season, but have ripped off a nine-game win streak since. Starmount, along with Surry Central, was a member of the Mountain Valley 2A last season, so there is a familiarity between the schools.
The Golden Eagles will have to come up with a game plan to halt the power-rushing Rams and quarterback Jake Barr. Southern said the Starmount defensive front reminds him of East Surry, which could be a good thing for the visitors. Even though they lost that game, the Golden Eagles gave the Cardinals fits Sept. 25 before losing a 19-14 decision.
Their front seven reminds me a lot of East Surrys front seven, Southern said. Not big, but quick to the ball.
The Golden Eagles have to find a way to play even better than they did Sept. 25.
Now we have to play and win at that level, Southern said. Thats something we talked about this week.
While the Rams made a run in the playoffs last year, the Golden Eagles are lacking playoff experience. Senior quarterback Dave Wilmoth, who has been on a tear lately with more than 450 yards and 10 touchdowns in the past three games, is the only player with playoff experience. He was called up as a freshman on a team that reached the NCHSAA tournament.
With rainy weather forcing the team indoors, Southern his squad will be as prepared as possible come game time.
I can tell you this, the focus has been really good, he said.
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