BOONVILLE - At the midway point of their Mountain Valley Conference slate, the Starmount Rams return to the field Friday with a fifth-straight title in their sights.
Unbeaten this year at 6-0 overall and 4-0 in conference action, the Rams hit the home stretch of their season in control of another championship with four games remaining on the schedule.
First up, Starmount travels up the mountain to Millers Creek to take on the top 1A squad in West Wilkes Friday night.
At 3-4 on the year and 3-2 in the MVAC, the Blackhawks are fighting to fend off North Wilkes (3-2) and Elkin (2-2) in the race for the 1A title.
The path for the 2A and overall conference championships heads through Boonville for a fifth-straight season, with the Rams leading second-place Wilkes Central (5-1, 4-0) in the standings by virtue of overall records. Starmount and Central square off on the seasons’ final night - October 26 in Moravian Falls.
In East Bend, the story is quite different. Forbush heads into its bye week on the heels of a 41-3 loss to the Eagles Friday night - its seventh-straight defeat in a disappointing opening to the season.
An Alex Torres 26-yard boot were the only points the Falcons could muster against Central, as the Forbush offensive continues to sputter. After scoring 14 points in their opener against North Surry, the Falcons have failed to reach double-digits in the six games that have followed.
Forbush is still looking for that elusive first win of the year and take an 0-7 (0-5) record into their off-week with three crucial games remaining on the schedule.
Forbush hosts East Wilkes next week before making the long trip up to Ashe County on October 19. Elkin comes to town on the final night of the season.
A playoff berth is not out the question in East Bend, but a loss in any of their final three games will likely derail any postseason hopes the Falcons have left.
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