By Jeff Linville
October 18, 2013
For the only time all season, the four local football teams all will be at home tonight.
The three county schools will have their homecoming games, while Mount Airy hosts new conference foe Atkins.
North Surry faces Carver, East Surry hosts Bishop and Surry Central takes on South Stokes.
The Granite Bears (4-3) moved above .500 with a 42-7 blowout of Bishop McGuinness last week. Atkins won its conference opener 33-19 over winless North Stokes.
Atkins has given up an average of 30.5 points per game, while the Bears are averaging exactly that same amount on offense.
The Camels posted 232 yards passing against Pine Lake Prep and 180 yards against Bartlett Yancy. Against North Stokes, however, the Camels used more of a ground attack, but still completed a 68-yard TD pass.
The winner of Mount Airy/Atkins will be on top of the Northwest standings at 2-0. Also tied for the top spot so far is East Surry (6-1, 1-0).
The Cardinals relied on their defense to start the season, giving up just seven points a game in the first four contests. In the past three weeks, the offense has been clicking, too.
In three straight wins, the Cards have averaged 28.7 points.
They face a Bishop team that has been widely different in wins and losses.
In four wins, the Villain offense has averaged 40.8 points. In three losses, the team has scored just 4.7 points. Meanwhile the defense is giving up 25.3 points per game.
North Surry goes into tonight’s game at 3-4, but with two close losses, the Greyhounds were very nearly 5-2.
The Hounds lost in overtime to Mount Airy, then lost by one point to North Wilkes.
Still, North broke a four-game losing streak in impressive fashion, beating West Stokes. That was a 2-4 team beating a 5-1 squad.
Now David will face another Goliath when Carver (6-1, 1-0) comes in. The Yellow Jackets are ranked fourth in the 2A state coaches’ poll.
Carver has the highest scoring average in the Western Piedmont Conference at 35.3 points per game, while North Surry has given up 30.9 points so far.
Surry Central was the first local team to face Carver this year and lost 52-7 last Friday.
That loss put a damper on a Golden Eagle team feeling good about a 43-6 blowout of North Stokes the week before.
The Eagles have the lowest scoring output in the conference at 16.0 points per game, but should get healthy against a South Stokes team that hasn’t struggled on defense.
The Sauras have given up a whopping 39.0 points per game. The offense had been keeping up pretty well at 35 points per game until last week when the Sauras were shut out by Forbush 10-0.
Here is this week’s results of the A.P. North Carolina Coaches’ Poll.
Team Record Last Week
1. Warsaw Kenan (7-0) 1
2. Plymouth (6-0) 2
3. Wallace-Rose Hill (6-1) 3
4. West Montgomery (6-1) 4
5. Tarboro (5-2) 5
6. East Surry (6-1) 7
7. Swain County (5-2) 6
8. Whiteville (6-1) 10
9. Murphy (6-2) NR
10. Walkertown (6-1) 8
1. North Rowan (7-0) 1
2. East Lincoln (6-1) 2
3. Franklin (7-0) 3
4. Winston-Salem Carver (6-1) 4
5. Reidsville (5-2) 4
6. High Point Andrews (5-1) 6
7. Elizabeth City Northeastern (6-1) 7
8. Shelby (6-2) 8
9. Maiden (7-0) 9
10. South Granville (6-1) 10