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Playoff punch
Impact could be felt for years
Region 7-AAAA foes Lambert and South Forsyth open the postseason Friday. - photo by File photo
In a historic night for Forsyth County high school football, a record four local teams will take the field as the state playoffs get under way tonight.Two of the schools, Lambert and North Forsyth, will play at home, while South Forsyth and West Forsyth must open on the road. All games kick off at 7:30 p.m.For Todd Shirley, athletic director for the Forsyth County school system, having four teams in the playoffs is a reflection of the local community and could have an impact for years to come.“Our coaches all across this county are doing a phenomenal job with these kids and that winning kind of permeates the counties around us,” Shirley said. “We’re going to have people knocking down our doors not only for the academics but also for the athletic aspect of it, which is great because athletics play such an incredible part in the climate and culture of the school.”He said the excitement extends to the middle school and county parks and recreation programs, which are seeing the benefits of such hard work.“People will call me and say things are going incredible and we really appreciate all the work that the coaches and the local athletic directors are doing,” Shirley said.