Rams win 40th-straight conference game
by Matthew Gorry
BOONVILLE - On Oct. 19, 2007, Ashe County’s Dakota Price booted a last-second field goal as time expired to top Starmount 24-21.
Five years and 40 conference games later, the Rams are unbeaten on the gridiron.
Starmount breezed past Alleghany 28-0 Friday night - four years to the night of their loss to the Huskies - to notch their 40th-straight conference victory to stay perfect on the year. The Rams improved their overall record to 9-0 on the season and 7-0 in the MVAC.
Playing without a banged up Chaston Martin, Starmount still ran for over 250 yards and racked up 17 first downs on the night.
James Watson rushed for a career-high 103 yards on 12 carries as five Rams reached double-digit rushing yards. Will Simpson added 86 yards on the ground, while Sarinara and Brian King tacked on 26 and 21 yards, respectively.
Watson added 40 yards through the air with Simpson hauling in a 25-yard grab to power the Rams.
The state’s top-ranked defense kept rolling, pitching its fourth shutout of the season, while limiting the Trojans to a paltry 82 yards of total offense.
Starmount dropped its state-leading points allowed average down to just 3.7 points per game and still has not allowed an offensive touchdown since Week 2 against East Surry, a streak that spans 31 quarters of football.
Receiving extra carries without Martin in the lineup, Watson and Simpson took full advantage, scoring all four touchdowns on the night.
Simpson plowed in from three and eight yards out to open the scoring for Starmount. Watson then found paydirt on a four-yard run to give the Rams a 21-0 first-half advantage.
Simpson added his third total touchdown of the night when he snagged a 25-yard catch from Trey Money to round out the scoring for Starmount.
Defensively, Watson and Will Lambert each picked off a pass to lead the Ram defense. The interception was Lambert’s fifth of the season.
The Trojans only managed to cross midfield once in the game, on a 43-yard passing play late in the fourth quarter, as Starmount cruised to the 28-0 victory.
With the win, the Rams set up another winner-take-all conference championship game with Wilkes Central in the final game of the season.
Starmount and the Eagles (8-1, 7-0) meet Friday night in Moravian Falls with the MVAC title on the line for the third-straight season. The Rams won both matchups en route to four-consecutive conference crowns.
The late Meme Brown was honored with a candlelight vigil at halftime. Brown, a former volleyball player and 2009 Starmount graduate, died last Monday after a four-year battle with ovarian cancer. She was 21.
Reach Matthew Gorry at 835-1513 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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