Ashe will be trying to notch its fourth win of the season, which would be enough to garner playoff consideration in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 2A state playoffs. A win against the Cardinals would also guarantee a .500 season in conference play.
East Wilkes will be looking to send its seniors out with a victory, a win that work mark the team’s sixth of the season and give the Cardinals a 4-4 record in the MVAC. East Wilkes has had a week off to prepare for the Huskies. The Cardinals played last on October 22 when they defeated Forbush 30-13.
The Cardinals have had a very up and down type season, getting two big non-conference wins over Surry Central and North Stokes, but then losing three straight to rival Elkin, Starmount, and West Wilkes. After that, the Cardinal offense found its grove as they blew out Alleghany and North Wilkes, scoring 117 points combined in those two games. East Wilkes then fell to Wilkes Central before bouncing back and defeating Forbush two weeks ago. While the Cardinals are a lock to make the 1A playoffs, the team still has plenty to play for, including getting the seniors a final home win.
Overall, East Wilkes is third in the conference and points scored with 248, behind Wilkes Central and Starmount. The defense has also been solid, giving up 210 points, once again third best in the conference behind the Eagles and Rams.
For the Huskies, it will be all about trying to bounce back from last week’s struggles against Forbush to close out the regular season with a win and potentially set up a sixth straight playoff appearance for Ashe. The running game that was shut down last week will have to get back into gear this week for the Huskies to get the win. Quarterback Sam Gammons was a bright spot for the offense last week, throwing for two touchdown passes.
Elsewhere in the MVAC, the conference championship will be on the line Friday night as Starmount travels to Wilkes Central to battle the Eagles. Both teams enter the game with perfect 7-0 records in the conference. Starmount has rolled past every opponent they have played both in and out of conference this season, scoring at least 44 points in every game. Wilkes Central opened the year with tough non-conference losses against West Iredell and Hibriten, but has played much better in the MVAC setting up this battle for conference supremacy. Elkin takes on Forbush this week while West Wilkes plays at Alleghany. North Wilkes concluded its season last week with a 47-14 defeat at the hands of the West Wilkes Blackhawks. The Vikings finished the year with a 1-10 record overall and 1-7 in the MVAC.
In other area contests, Watauga will be trying to send its seniors out with a win as they take on St. Stephens this week. The Pioneers will be trying to get its fourth win of the year while the St. Stephens Indians of struggled all year long, currently sitting at 1-9 overall and 1-4 in conference play. Avery hopes to bounce back from its 42-34 loss last week to Mountain Heritage, which knocked them out of any hopes for a Western Highlands Conference title when they host Mitchell. The 7-3 Vikings will be playing its final home regular season game against the 5-5 Mitchell Mountaineers. Both teams are locks to make the playoffs in their respective classes. With a win, Avery will most likely be guaranteed a home game in the first round of the 1A playoffs.
Due to potential inclement weather, the game may or may not be postponed. Check back on our website for any announcements that may be made.