Starmount wins second conference football game

By Kristian Russell - krussell@elkintribune.com
Jose Najera (78) hits an extra point attempt for the Rams. - Kristian Russell | The Tribune
Drake Funderburk looks to hand the ball off during an offensive drive. - Kristian Russell | The Tribune
The Starmount High School Homecoming Court was awarded on Friday night. - Kristian Russell | The Tribune

BOONVILLE — The Starmount Rams were looking to extend its win streak to two games, and earn its first home win of the season, as they hosted the Alleghany Trojans on Friday night. It was Homecoming for the Rams, which was an extra incentive. Starmount came out strong in the first quarter and never let up until the final whistle blew. The Rams were able to take a 27-7 win over the Trojans for their second Mountain Valley Athletic Conference win.

Starmount was able to find the end zone on its first drive of the night, which lasted seven plays and 59-yards. The drive started on the 26-yard line and ended between the pylons for seven-points. Drake Funderburk filled in at quarterback for the Rams, as Trey Dezern is fighting a bone bruise injury. Funderburk’s first hand-off was successful as he gave the ball to Ethan Barnes who ran for nine-yards.

The Rams kept driving down the field, and on third and one they found the play they needed to advance the chains. Funderburk once again handed the ball off to Barnes who fought his way down the field and came up with a 38-yard run. The run put the Rams in perfect field position to complete the drive with a touchdown. Barnes used his strength to battle his way into the end zone for a touchdown. The extra point attempt by Jose Najera was good which gave Starmount a 7-0 lead with 8:31 left in the first quarter.

Starmount came up with a big defensive play as they were able to stop Alleghany’s drive at the four-yard line for a turnover on downs.

The Rams’ third offensive drive of the night ended with another touchdown. The ball was handed off to J. Max Swaim who ran for 49-yards on third and five for the second Starmount touchdown. The extra point was good, and the Rams had a 14-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.

In the second quarter, neither team put together a play that ended up with a touchdown and the first half ended 14-0.

With less than five minutes remaining in the third quarter, Starmount was able to put another seven points on the board. On third and goal from the one-yard line, Will Ray was able to cross the goal line for the touchdown.

Alleghany was able to put seven points on the board, but the Rams answered back on its next few plays. The final touchdown for Starmount was scored with three minutes left in the final quarter. Thomas Cole cross the goal line with a three yard run that put the Rams up 27-7.

Alleghany tried to make its way down the field, but the Rams were strong on the line and in the back field. The Trojans went to pass the ball down the field, and instead of finding an Alleghany player the ball was intercepted by Nik Pardue. Starmount was able to see the game out and take a 27-7 conference win over Alleghany.

For the full game story, pick up next week’s Elkin Tribune and Yadkin Ripple.

Jose Najera (78) hits an extra point attempt for the Rams.
https://www.elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/web1_DSC_0639-1.jpgJose Najera (78) hits an extra point attempt for the Rams. Kristian Russell | The Tribune

Drake Funderburk looks to hand the ball off during an offensive drive.
https://www.elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/web1_DSC_0625-1.jpgDrake Funderburk looks to hand the ball off during an offensive drive. Kristian Russell | The Tribune

The Starmount High School Homecoming Court was awarded on Friday night.
https://www.elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/web1_DSC_0653.jpgThe Starmount High School Homecoming Court was awarded on Friday night. Kristian Russell | The Tribune

By Kristian Russell

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