East Surry (1-0) at Starmount (0-1), 7:30
Last Year’s Result: East Surry 27, Starmount 6
The Rams will be rebounding from a 28-17 loss to Mount Airy. “They should do well in their league,” Starmount Coach Scott Johnson said of the Bears. “And they should make a really good run in the playoffs.
“It’s a non-conference game. We play tough people in one-conference to help us.
“Any first game you see areas you need to improve on. I tell them every year, the biggest improvement is from the first scrimmage to the second scrimmage. The second biggest improvement is form the first game to the second game.”
Johnson praised senior linebacker and running back Sawyer Davis for his performance Friday night. “Sawyer Davis played extremely well,” he said. “He ran the ball extremely hard. He played well at linebacker.
“If we can get that effort out of everybody, we’ll be all right.”
Johnson knows a little bit about playing East Surry. He’s played them every year he’s been at Starmount. “They’re going to be well-coached,” he said. “They’re physical. This year they are playing fast.
“They are going to be a surprise for a lot of people. We’ve played them for the 18 years since I’ve been here and it’s always been a good hard-nosed football game.”
Johnson said he hopes to see improvement in his offensive line from game 1 to game 2. He said he is also “worrying about the first game after the kids are in school.” And, he added, “I hope we look a little quicker.”
East Surry defeated Surry Central, 29-3, in their opener.
East Wilkes (1-0) at Surry Central (0-1), 7:30
Last Year’s Result: Surry Central 28, East Wilkes 21
East Wilkes had the type of game last week Head Coach J.K. Adkins was looking for to start the season - a 22-8 win over South Stokes.
“I think we played with great effort,” Adkins said. “We didn’t do everything right, but we played hard enough to cover [the mistakes] up.”
Andrew Nance filled in at quarterback with Colby Holcomb and Chris Ward out with injuries. Adkins said both will still be questionable for Friday night’s game.
“Our offense executed,” Adkins said. “We played well in the backfield and up front.
“I thought Andrew did a good job running the show. We gave him the keys to the car and he didn’t wreck it.”
Now the Cardinals turn their attention to Surry Central, which lost 29-3 to East Surry in their opener.
“They’re well-coached,” Adkins said. “They play hard on defense. They’re a young group.”
Adkins said Surry Central will have as many as 10 players on both sides of the ball. “We hope that plays a factor,” Adkins said. “This is an opportunity for us to grow as a group; to showcase the work that’s been put in for the last 10 months.”
Elkin (0-1) at North Surry (0-1), 7:30
Last Year’s Result: North Surry 41, Elkin 21
Elkin Head Coach Scott Wood wants to see his team eliminate the mistakes that put them in a hole early during last week’s 36-26 loss to Forbush. The Buckin’ Elks fell behind 14-0 in the first quarter and then 36-13 in the third quarter before mounting a comeback.
Wood said his team gave up long kickoff returns, missed blocks, and had some issues with bad snaps - all of which contributed to the loss. “Stuff like that will kill you,” he said. “We had a lot of stuff happen.”
Still, the Buckin’ Elks pulled it together and were a possession away from getting back into it in the fourth quarter. Wood liked the effort and the resiliency his team showed. “They went out and they played hard in the second half,” he said.
“They look big and physical on film,” Wood said of the Greyhounds. “And they are very aggressive on the defensive side of the football. They blitz constantly. Our offensive line will have to pick up the blitzes.”
Wood said the Greyhounds will bring “in your face press coverage.” Elkin quarterback Josh Strickland, who threw for 304 yards against Forbush, will have to “get rid of the ball in a hurry,” Wood said.
North Surry lost to Ashe County, 50-42, in their opener.
Jim Fuller may be reached at 336-258-4052 or Twitter @elkinareasports.