EAST BEND — After a two 12 months hiatus, Yadkin County’s annual Unifi Bowl was in a position to happen on Friday night time at Forbush Excessive College. It had been nicely over 500 days for the reason that Forbush Falcons and the Starmount Rams had confronted off on the soccer subject, with Starmount incomes a 35-29 win over the Falcons in 2019. This time round, Forbush put up an early landing and by no means regarded again. The Falcons put up the numbers they wanted to earn a 21-6 win over Starmount.
The environment in East Bend was electrical, as followers from throughout Yadkin County got here to assist their staff. With one aspect of the stadium stuffed to the brim with crimson and blue, and the alternative aspect full of orange and navy, the 2021 Unifi Bowl was one to recollect. Forbush elected to obtain the opening kick-off, which set the tone for the remainder of the primary quarter. Forbush began its drive on the 46-yard line with Andrew Hutchens handing the ball off to Derek Matthews for a four-yard achieve.
The Falcons continued to drive down the sphere, with runs by Matthews and Nathan Hampton. On second and 5, Forbush arrange in shotgun formation on the 30-yard line. Hutchens wasted no time getting the ball from the snap and passing the ball down subject to a large open Chase Smitherman. The senior large receiver made an ideal catch for a 30-yard landing. The additional level by David Guadarrama was by way of the uprights, and the Falcons led Starmount 7-0 with 10:06 left on the clock within the first quarter.
Starmount’s first drive of the sport began on the 37-yard line and solely superior ahead seven yards. The Rams had been hit on the primary play for a lack of 5 yards which they’d bother making up over the following three downs. On second and 15, Luke Kimmer handed the ball to Davion Coleman for an eight yard achieve. Starmount tried to achieve the ultimate seven yards on the following play, however they got here up simply three yards brief. On fourth and three, Starmount punted the ball away and the Falcons took again over.
After their first drive led to a landing, the Falcons misplaced their tempo on the second drive. Forbush by no means gained optimistic yards in 4 downs, which pressured the house staff to punt. After a lackluster two drives by each groups, the Rams took to the sphere and began on the 43-yard line. Starmount put collectively two sturdy drives to opening the sequence, which gave them their first first-down on the sport. On third-and-five, Kimmer handed the ball downfield to Zack Dezern for a 26-yard achieve. The play put Starmount on Forbush’s aspect of the sphere for the primary time.
Simply when it regarded just like the Rams had been discovering their momentum, penalties began to come back their manner. With a giant play coming from the 29-yard line, Starmount was about to rejoice a landing when flags had been thrown. The officers gathered collectively and shortly thereafter they referred to as a chop-block on the Rams. The penalty backed the Rams up with the 45-yard line, and sadly issues didn’t get any higher from there.
The third down play was dominated incomplete, then on fourth down the Falcons got here up with an interception. Matthews was in the correct place on the proper time as he simply picked off the throw by Kimmer to offer Forbush the ball on the 37-yard line.
The pick-off by Matthews ultimately led to a landing by the Falcons simply three performs later. On second and 4, Matthews broke by way of the center of the pack and sprinted down the sphere for a 44-yard landing run. The PAT was good, and Forbush was sitting on a 14-0 lead with 1:40 left within the opening quarter.
As the primary quarter was the second, Starmount was in a position to rating their first factors of the night time. The Rams put collectively a 44-yard drive which ended on the 27-yard line. On fourth down Starmount despatched out their kicker, Diego Zuniga, to take a 34-yard subject objective try. Zuniga arrange his shot and with nothing however confidence he set the play in movement, and the ball by way of the uprights. With 8:46 left earlier than halftime, the Rams put three factors on the board for a 14-3 rating.
The remainder of the second quarter continued on with neither staff placing factors on the board. Every staff had an interception late within the half, however they had been unable to benefit from the turnovers. At halftime, Forbush lead Starmount 14-3.
When the sport was again in motion, it took till the ultimate quarter for both staff to attain. All through the third quarter, Starmount and Forbush each struggled to achieve optimistic yardage. Penalties appeared to be the theme of the night time, as neither staff accomplished a full sequence with no flag being thrown. When it got here right down to the fourth and remaining quarter, Starmount was arrange on the 10-yard line and confronted with fourth-and-goal. As a substitute of going for the yards, the Rams put their kicking unit on the sphere. Zuniga proved to be the spotlight for the Rams, as he put up three further factors for a 14-6 recreation.
After Starmount reduce Forbush’s result in simply eight factors, the Falcons turned up their tempo. On the following kick-off, the ball landed safely into the fingers of Matthews. The senior regarded down the sphere and deliberate out an ideal operating route for a 96-yard kick-off return. The Falcon followers had been on their toes, as Matthews had simply given Forbush a 21-6 lead.
The ultimate performs by each groups had been stalled out and ended with a punt by Starmount and a knee by the Falcons. After 4 quarters of play, the Falcons took a 21-6 win over the Starmount Rams.
For the Falcons, quarterback Hutchens was 1-for-10 passing with one landing and a 30-yard completion. Matthews had 21 carries for 171-yards and two touchdowns. His longest receiving landing carry was 44-yards, and a kick-off return for 96-yards.
Starmount quarterback, Kimmer, went 13-for-23 passing, for 131 yards and two interceptions. Dezern led the Rams in dashing yards, with an accumulation of 21 carried for 75 yards. Davion Coleman had three carries for 31-yards, and Xavier King had one carry for nine-yards.
The Falcons now transfer to 3-0 and can journey to Thomasville on Friday night time for his or her final non-conference recreation of the season. Starmount is sitting on a 1-2 document, and can journey to Pine Lake Prep on Friday.