EAST BEND - For the first time in nearly a decade, the annual Unifi Bowl match-up between Yadkin County rivals Starmount and Forbush has serious intrigue.
The series has been lopsided in the past six seasons, heavily favoring the Rams - who have tallied six wins with an average margin of victory of 42-5 in that span. Starmount has scored at least 44 points in each of the past five showdowns, including a 49-0 dismantling last year, while Forbush has put up a total of eight points in the last three meetings.
But the Falcons come into tonight’s game flying high on a two-game win streak. Forbush (2-1) holds the better record between the clubs (Starmount, 1-2), while boasting the higher-scoring offense (26.0-11.7 points per game) and the stronger defense (21.0-26.0 points per game).
The Falcons will be looking to build on last week’s 54-39 victory over previously unbeaten North Wilkes, while ending a near-decade of futility against their county rival and notch their first series victory since 2006 (27-14).
The Rams, on the other hand, will be trying to right their ship after back-to-back humbling losses to East Surry (27-6) and South Iredell (38-6) and continue their dominance in the Unifi Bowl.
Elsewhere, Elkin and East Wilkes return to the field tonight after a bye week in Week Four action.
The Buckin’ Elks head to Dobson to take on Surry Central, while the Cardinals hit the road to take on North Iredell in Olin.
Both squads are coming off tough losses, with Elkin losing big to North Surry its last time out, while East dropped a heart-breaker to Surry Central last week.
All games kick off at 7:30 p.m.
Reach Matthew Gorry at 835-1513 or firstname.lastname@example.org.