East Surry is the only local football team in action this week. The Cardinals travel to Forbush to take on the Falcons.
Mount Airy, North Surry and Surry Central are all taking their bye weeks, as well as the three Stokes County schools.
The Cards took a night off two weeks ago, which came at a good time as the team was dealing with some minor injuries.
Two players are back from injury this week: running back/linebacker Lucas Koons and tight end/linebacker Jack Edwards.
Koons was averaging 120 yards rushing in the first four games, with Edwards doing his part blocking at the line while catching about one pass a game.
The team was really fortunate to have Dylan Slate step forward last week, said Coach David Diamont. Dylan had never carried the ball in a varsity game and ended up with more than 100 yards last week against South Stokes.
When Edwards was out, Diamont slid a reserve lineman over to tight end and liked what he saw from junior Trevor Johnson, so the depth at that position should be good.
The Cards held a high-scoring Sauras team to just seven points in the first half, but gave up 21 in the second half. Diamont said the coaches saw some things that needed work in that game, and they spent the week working on those things in practice.
Forbush is 3-2 this season with both losses coming in close games.
Forbush has had some rough years in the past, so they must be feeling very good about themselves right now, said Diamont.
The Falcons went 8-23 over the previous three seasons, but head coach Chris Johnson, a former Mount Airy defensive coordinator, has the team on the plus side of .500.
Coach Johnson has plenty of experience defending East Surry, so he knows what Diamont likes to run, Diamont noted.
Johnson has some weapons on the offensive side, Diamont said. The tailback can run, the quarterback is shifty and can make throws when needed and the offensive line is looking good.
Once the Cards get past this week, the Northwest Conference season begins at Walkertown.
Diamont said he doesn’t know anything yet about Atkins or Walkertown, except that Walkertown is undefeated so far at 6-0.