Heading into the seventh week of high school football, many teams are looking for their second or third conference win while other teams are looking for their first conference win.
Forbush will open up its conference berth on Friday night at home against South Stokes (2-4, 0-0). The Falcons have an overall record of 4-2, and they are looking to add their first conference win on Friday night. The Falcons have a 1-3 home record, while the Sauras have a 2-1 away record. Forbush will need to rely on its offensive powerhouses to run the ball up the middle, while also making passes down the field. Forbush will have an extra incentive to win on Friday night, as it is the Falcon’s 50th homecoming. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at Falcon Stadium in East Bend.
East Wilkes (5-1, 2-0) will host Elkin (0-6, 0-2) on Friday night. The Cardinals have outscored their opponents 171-53 during the first six weeks of the season. According to MaxPreps, the Cardinals are ranked 10th in the 1A State Rankings. On Friday night, the Cardinals will face a young Elkin team. The Cardinals have the strength and the play calling abilities to make the most of this match-up. While the Elks are young, their running backs do have speed which could hurt the Cardinals if they are put in the right positions. On offense, the Cardinals can rely on their quarterback to make the plays that need to be made; run plays or pass plays, Bryce Vestal can handle whatever is thrown his way. On the defensive side, the Cards are coming up on an offensive line made up of mostly juniors. If the Cardinals don’t have any flags thrown their way, they should be able to come up with the stops they need.
Elkin will have to pull out all of the stops in order to overcome a powerhouse team like East Wilkes. The Elks haven’t had the best of luck this season, as they have struggled on both offense and defense. Elkin has scored just 48 points this season, an average of about one touchdown per game. For the Elks to stick with the Cardinals, they’ll have to rely on their play-calling and their passing game. Elkin has had the upper hand on the Cardinals for the past several years, with an 11-2 head-to-head match-up record. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. in Ronda.
Starmount (1-5, 1-1) will face off against Wilkes Central (4-2, 2-0) on Friday night in Boonville. The Rams didn’t start out their season like they were hoping, but they have picked it up along the way. While the Rams are 0-4 at home, and Wilkes Central is 2-1 on the road, the Rams are looking to get back the all-important home-field advantage. Starmount’s defense will be coming up against a tough offense. For the Rams to keep up with the Eagles, they need to keep their heads in the game and not get down on themselves if they miss a play or two. Kickoff is set for 7:30 in Boonville.
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