BOONVILLE - Starmount opened its 2012 Mountain Valley Conference schedule right where it left off a year ago.
The four-time defending conference champion blanked Yadkin County rival Forbush 49-0 Friday night in the annual Unifi Bowl to kick off their title defense.
Returning all-conference running back Chaston Martin continued his hot start to the season, running for 100 yards even on the night with two scores, giving him five touchdowns on the year so far.
Quarterback Samuel Stone turned in his best performance as the Rams’ signal-caller, accounting for 116 yards of total offense, including a thrilling 64-yard run on the first play of the second half.
James Watson added two scores on the night, while Sergio Sarinara and Aaron Skeens found the endzone each to round out the scoring.
Brady Lamm and Kyle Matthews picked off Falcon quarterback Bennett Winslow to lead the Starmount defense.
Forbush shut down the prolific Ram offense in the opening quarter, keeping Starmount off the board as the teams battled to a scoreless tie after one.
Martin finally broke through midway through the second, finding paydirt on a 22-yard dash. The senior gave the Rams a 14-0 advantage when he found the endzone again less than a minute before the intermission.
On the first play of the second half, Stone burst free for a 64-yard scoring play to extend the lead out to 21-0.
Watson then found the endzone on seven- and 10-yard scores as Starmount built a 35-0 advantage heading to the fourth quarter.
Sarinara and Skeens scored on nine-yard runs to seal the game for the Rams.
Starmount racked up 444 yards of total offense to win the Unifi Bowl for the sixth-straight season. Forbush recorded just 118 yards of offense, led by 45 yards on the ground by Tyler Holden.
Following the game, members of Unifi presented Martin and Watson Co-MVP awards for Starmount for their performances, while Holden was named the Falcon MVP of the game.
With the win, the Rams improved to 3-0 on the season and extended their conference win streak to 34 games. Forbush falls to 0-3 on the year.
Starmount returns to the field Friday against East Wilkes in Ronda, while Forbush hosts West Wilkes in East Bend.
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