Bears, Cards honoring seniors; Hounds, Eagles on the road
by Jeff Linville Staff Reporter
Two teams celebrate Senior Night while two others hit the road this week in Friday’s football action.
Mount Airy hosts North Stokes in its last home game.
East Surry has one more home game, but that is against rival Mount Airy, so the school chose to make this week Senior Night instead, facing Atkins.
Meanwhile, North Surry heads to South Stokes, and Surry Central goes to Forbush.
For the Bears, a new league sees the same old results as Mount Airy is tied for first place in the revamped Northwest Conference.
A month ago, the Bears were reeling from a 40-14 loss to West Stokes that dropped their record to 3-3 on the season.
That loss broke a three-game winning streak where the Bears had averaged 36 points per game.
Rather than hang their heads, the Bears have ripped off another three-game winning streak with the offense scoring even more points, averaging a whopping 51 points per game.
That doesn’t bode well for a winless North Stokes team that has given up 32 points per game, including 43 points to Surry Central and 36 to East Surry just last week.
The Vikings’ offense hasn’t been any better, scoring just 8.3 points per game and being shut out three times as the team transitions from a pass-heavy attack last year to a run-based system now.
About the only thing that could prevent a Mount Airy win is looking ahead to next week’s finale with East Surry. That game looks like it will decide the conference championship and the top seed for the 1A state playoffs.
In fact, East Surry is expecting such a big turnout that both schools will be selling advance tickets through the main offices between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday to Thursday.
Before the Cardinals can worry about playing for the Northwest title, the team must first take care of business against Atkins.
The Camels started off 2-1, but have gone 1-4 since then with the only victory coming over North Stokes. They were crushed by Mount Airy two weeks ago 63-0, with a halftime score of 49-0.
Last week the Camels lost by 35 to Bishop McGuinness.
In its three wins, Atkins has scored 100 points (33.3 average); in five losses, the team has just 55 points (11.0 average).
For the Cards, the team has averaged 26.3 points scored while giving up just 11 to go 8-1.
In the latest Associated Press coaches poll, the Cards moved up a step from sixth to fifth in the state for 1A. Walkertown’s loss to Mount Airy knocked the Wolfpack out of the polls.
In the 2A polls, Carver (8-1) remains fourth and stands atop the Western Piedmont Conference at 3-0.
Surry Central and West Stokes are tied for second at 2-1, with North Surry and Forbush fourth at 1-2 and South Stokes last at 0-3.
Despite the last-place standing, North Surry knows not to underestimate South Stokes, especially since this will be the Sauras’ Senior Night, too.
South Stokes has given up 30 or more points six times, and 50 or more points three times — an average of 36.8 points per game.
Earlier in the season, the Sauras had a potent offense capable of matching their opponents’ scores. However, in the three conference losses, the team has scored just 7.0 points per game.
North Surry (3-6) has lost five of the past six games, but was tied or held the lead in the second half in most of those games.
Coach Danny Lyons talked about getting the defense off the field in the fourth quarter so his running attack could burn some clock.
Back-to-back wins over South Stokes and North Surry has Surry Central above .500 at 5-4.
The Golden Eagles’ offense is starting to find its groove. The team has scored 25.5 points in the past four games, compared to 12.4 points per game in the first five contests.
Forbush’s defense has been stingy in most games this season. Aside from a 57-point outburst by Carver, the Falcons (4-5) have given up just 19.0 points per game the rest of the season.
Forbush has lost three of four, but those losses came to Carver, East Surry and West Stokes, probably the toughest three teams on the schedule.
Looking ahead to the last week of the season, North Surry will host Forbush and Central hosts West Stokes.
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