Friday football preview

By Kristian Russell -

With week eight of high school football coming up, every team is prepared for a conference match-up.

East Wilkes (6-1, 3-0) will take on Ashe County (2-5, 1-2) on Friday night. The Cardinals and the Huskies both have a quick turnaround time as both teams played on Monday night due to rain on Friday. The Cardinals have put on a dominating performance so far this season as they are undefeated in the conference, and they have only lost one game this season to Surry Central.

Since the loss to Central, the Cardinals have not allowed more the seven points a game. They have scored 111 points in the MVAC, and allowed only 20 by their opponents. East Wilkes has been successful on its run game this season, and its clock management has been impeccable. Devin Couch is averaging 12 yards per carry, and Bryce Vestal has his passing down to where he is not afraid to throw towards double coverage. The Huskies will have to stick with Couch, Damien Reid and Joah Logan if they want to hand the Cardinals their first loss since Aug. 26. The Cardinals are on fire this season, and they don’t seem to be stopping anytime soon. Kickoff is set for 7:30 at Ashe County.

Elkin (0-7, 0-3) will hold its third home game of the season this Friday night, as it takes on West Wilkes (5-2, 2-1). Elkin is a young team, and it shows when the Buckin’ Elks go up against powerhouse teams. Their inexperience hasn’t helped on the field, but they have tried to make the most of their play-calling abilities. If the pieces can fall into place for the Elks, on the offense and the defense, they have a chance to earn their first win of the season and break a seven-game losing streak. Clock management will be a key to the game on Friday night, as well as making the most of their offensive plays in the red zone. Kickoff is set for 7:30 in Elkin.

Forbush Falcons (5-2, 1-0) have had their best start of the season since 2006, when they went 6-6 under head coach Pat Mitchell. On Friday night, the Falcons travel to King to take on West Stokes (4-3, 0-1). The Falcons have been called the underdog in several of their games this season, but that hasn’t stopped them from pulling out all of the stops to earn a win. The Falcons have scored 173 points this season, and allowed 165. They will match-up against the Wildcats, who have scored 165 points this season and allowed 122. While both teams start off with confidence, Forbush carries its momentum throughout the game while West Stokes is known to lose its momentum by the third quarter. Zane Johnson has averaged 146 rushing yards per game, while Jackson Cooper has averaged 24.8 passing yards per game, and Cory Evans has averaged nine tackles per game. The Falcons have the opportunity to go 2-0 in the conference if they use the clock efficiently and they rely on their run game as well as they pass plays. Kickoff is set for 7:30 in King.

Starmount (1-6, 1-2) is struggling this season as it has only won one game in the conference over Elkin. This week the Rams travel to North Wilkes (4-3, 2-1) to take on the Vikings. Starmount has struggled on maintaining possession of the ball and getting the yards it needs to convert on third down. The Rams have allowed 235 points this season, and scored only 130. Starmount has a .143 win percentage, compared to North Wilkes’ .571 win percentage. Starmount will need to keep its head in the game if it wants to overcome North Wilkes on Friday night. Kickoff is set for 7:30.

Kristian Russell can be reached on Twitter @YadkinElkSports.

By Kristian Russell

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