DOBSON — Surry Central hosts Mount Airy tonight in a nonconference football game.
The Golden Eagles and Granite Bears are both 2-2 and looking to move into the plus side of .500.
Both teams lost on opening night, but have taken two of three since then.
Central got good road wins at East Wilkes and Wilkes Central before falling to Elkin last week.
The Bears lost to Starmount and Thomasville before rebounding with wins over Carroll County, Va., and rival North Surry.
After struggling with its offense in the first two games, the Bears have begun to put points on the board. The scoring average went from 10 points in the two losses to 32 points in the wins.
Similarly, the Eagles’ offense posted 24 points per game in the wins and only 3.5 in the losses.
Elkin QB Josh Strickland “played exceptionally well, but there were things we could have done better,” said Central Coach Monty Southern of his quarterback’s recent action.
While the offense needs to do a better job, Southern said he doesn’t believe the defense has had a bad game so far. The D can do better, but it hasn’t struggled badly, either.
If the Eagles play hard and do well, then they have a chance to beat Mount Airy, he said. But, if they play like they did with Elkin, then they are going to be trailing in the fourth quarter.
The team has been fortunate with injuries this season after looking like a MASH unit last year, he added.
As for the opponent, Southern said some people had been saying that this is a down year for the Bears. However, after watching them on film, the coach said the Bears’ offensive and defensive lines look really good.
Bear quarterback Logan Holder isn’t the same running threat as Austin Taylor, but he has a big arm and throws well.
Opposing coach Kelly Holder called Southern “one of the best young coaches around.”
Despite putting up 30 points on North Surry, Holder still isn’t satisfied with the offense.
“I’d rather be rushing the ball for 200-plus yards a game,” he said. “Some of it could be what I’m doing.”
In order to succeed in the playoffs, a team has to be able to move the ball on the ground, he explained.
“That’s just the way it is in high school football,” he said.
Holder said he ideally wants to be at the point where he can call a run or a play on first or second down and feel good about their chances.
“Of course, we’ve got to be able to protect, too,” he said of the offensive line.
East Surry has the week off. In return, the Cardinals will play on Oct. 4 when the other local schools are on their bye week.