Jeff Linville Staff Reporter
August 30, 2013
Three of the four local football teams go on the road for Week Two of the 2013 season.
East Surry hosts Starmount. Then Mount Airy goes to Thomasville, North Surry to Elkin and Surry Central to East Wilkes.
The Cardinals know they have a tough matchup with the Rams.
Mount Airy is a good football team, and Starmount beat the Bears last week (23-13), pointed out East Coach David Diamont.
“We’re impressed with their execution on the offensive side,” said Diamont. “They do a good job with their motion, use a lot of misdirection.”
On defense, he said the Rams’ front line is extremely athletic and use their hands really well.
The line looks a lot like Bunker Hill, who was tough to play against in the Cards’ scrimmage, he said.
The Golden Eagles fell to the Cardinals in Week One. Coach Monty Southern said he is hoping to get into the win column this week against the other Cards in Ronda.
The Eagle defense will have its hands full with a Card offense that posted 50 points, but still lost 51-50 to South Stokes.
Watching East Wilkes on videotape, Southern said he saw two running backs who play hard.
While the Sauras broke loose with some long plays by star Jacquan Martin, East Wilkes was able to grind out some long drives on the ground.
East Surry did a good job of limiting the Eagles’ big plays, said Southern. Since East Wilkes gave up a few highlight plays last week, the coach is hoping to exploit some weaknesses for a few big gainers for Central.
Looking at the stats, East Wilkes ran about 60-some plays, while South Stokes only needed about 25, he said.
Starting off the season with a loss in the first couple of weeks is nothing new for the Granite Bears.
Mount Airy likes to schedule tough teams in the nonconference segment, which has paid off for the team when conference play begins.
East Surry, Bishop McGuinness and Walkertown all started off with wins, so the Bears are looking to right the ship against Thomasville before Northwest games start.
The Bulldogs were blanked 34-0 last week against North Davidson.
North Surry’s defense didn’t allow a point for the first three and a half quarters against Ashe County.
That unit will have to contain Elkin’s skill players tonight.
“They have four athletes that can break it at any time,” said Coach Danny Lyons. He pointed out QB Josh Strickland, RB Dakota King, RB Jamiles Hayes and WR Daniel Brinegar.
As for his own offense, Lyons said the team didn’t pick up enough first downs last week. He wants to be more efficient when passing and then control the clock with the running game.
The Elks beat Forbush 24-21, so both teams are looking to stay undefeated.
North Surry’s JV team beat Elkin 24-6 Thursday night.
N.S. 6-11-7-0 — 24
Elkin 0-0-0-6 —6