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SCHEDULE ANALYSIS: South Forsyth

POSTED: June 25, 2013 3:57 p.m.
 

The high school football season is still a couple months away, but it’s never too early to look ahead. The Forsyth County News sports department will break down one team’s schedule each day, continuing today with South Forsyth.

Date Opponent (2012)

Aug. 30 at Northview (3-7)

Sept. 6 at Forsyth Central (2-8)

Sept. 13 vs. Cambridge (1-9)

Sept. 20 vs. Lambert (5-5)

Sept. 27 at Alpharetta (7-4)

Oct. 4 Bye

Oct. 11 at Chattahoochee (7-4)

Oct. 18 vs. Centennial (3-7)

Oct. 25 vs. Johns Creek (8-3)

Nov. 1 vs. West Forsyth (10-2)

Nov. 8 at North Forsyth (3-7)

Telltale game: Lambert. Let’s say the War Eagles begin the season 3-0 like they did in 2012. That’s not a long-shot considering South’s first three opponents in Northview, Forsyth Central and Cambridge went a combined 6-24 last season. Lambert should likely do the same, which would repeat last season’s scenario of a compelling game between 3-0 teams and close rivals. The Longhorns return eight on defense, so South will find out how replacing quarterback Jantzen Jeffrey is going.

Gut-check stretch: From the Lambert game onward until the season finale against North Forsyth, the War Eagles face a stretch of six games in which they were out-scored 185-67 last season. The worst losses were to Alpharetta (21-0), Johns Creek (26-0) and West Forsyth (56-14) when South had no answers on either side of the ball. But all three teams are breaking in new quarterbacks this season.

Trap game: Cambridge. Let’s hope South isn’t tempted to look ahead at its rivalry game against Lambert and forget about a Bears team it dominated last season in a 45-16 victory. The second-year school in Milton should do as most new programs do and make a marked jump in competitiveness this season.

Outlook: Once again, South’s early schedule should have the team’s confidence and record headed in the right direction. What the War Eagles can do the rest of the way is the biggest question mark. It’s only been three seasons since South last made the playoffs, but that’s also the War Eagles’ only winning season since 2003. South is one of the few Region 6-AAAAAA teams returning significant experience, especially in playmakers Sam Walker and Isaiah Williams. That could be crucial in trying to improve on last season’s 1-6 region record.

By the numbers

10-5

South’s record against North since the teams began playing in 1994. South won, 35-14, last season.

 

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