It’s time to take a step back and reflect on Forsyth County football this week. Five of the six teams in the county have bye weeks, with Pinecrest taking the spotlight Friday night on the road at Whitefield Academy in south Cobb.
At the halfway point, no team in the county has impressed more than South Forsyth. With Pinecrest falling, not surprisingly, to Mount Paran Christian Friday night, the War Eagles are the lone undefeated left in Forsyth County at 5-0.
There are just 10 teams in Class AAAAAA that are still undefeated. South joins Tift County and East Coweta as the teams in that group that are unranked in the Georgia Sports Writers Association poll. Camden County, Colquitt County, Walton, Roswell, Mill Creek, Norcross and Grayson are undefeated and ranked in the top 10.
After the bye week, however, it’s going to be a totally different season for South. The teams South has already defeated, to this point, are now a combined 4-21. Two of those schools—Habersham Central and Chattahoochee—are winless.
Is South, despite still being undefeated, still the best team in the county? That’s the debate that will have to wait another week. Lambert and West Forsyth looked like the top contenders heading into the season, and after both teams won in decisive fashion against region opponents this past week, with Lambert blowing out North Forsyth at home and West handling Northview on the road, both of those schools like to be up to South’s caliber.
More important than anything, Lambert (4-1, 4-0) is unscathed in Region 6 play, so when it counts, they’re neck-in-neck with the War Eagles at 4-0. West Forsyth is 3-2, but 3-1 in Region 6—just a game off the pace.
Next Friday is where things get interesting. South will have to play consecutive road games at Northview and West before finishing the season against defending region champ, Alpharetta, on the road at Johns Creek, and at home against Lambert.
There’s no betting lines in high school sports, but if there were, South likely wouldn’t be much of an overwhelming favorite in any of those games. Nevertheless, the second half of the season is going to be a blast to watch as more county-on-county games decide the region race.
As it stacks up now, this is how Region 6 looks:
South (5-0, 4-0)
Lambert (4-1, 4-0)
West (3-2, 3-1)
Johns Creek (2-3, 2-2)
Northview (3-2, 2-2)
Alpharetta (3-2, 2-2)
Centennial (2-3, 2-2)
North (1-4, 1-3)
Chattahoochee (0-5, 0-4)
Habersham Central (0-5, 0-4)
Here’s a quick rundown of how the season has gone for each team so far:
South Forsyth: Unstoppable offense. Perfect balance. A relentless defense that has produced sacks at a ballooning rate in recent weeks. Statistically, the War Eagles are the most complete team in the county, but a very tough road lies ahead.
Lambert: Much like last season, it took the Longhorns a few weeks to discover its offense. After losing to Class AAAAA top-10 team Lanier, Lambert has been perfect, including a dramatic road win on the road at Alpharetta—the defending region champ. After Brian Wright’s breakout performance on the ground this past week, rushing for over 200 yards on just 13 carries, Lambert has a multi-faceted running game.
West: A heartbreaker at Alpharetta produced an 0-2 start, but since then the Wolverines have been who we thought they were. Potent on offense. Opportunistic on defense. Kiernen Hamilton, the new signal caller for the gold hats, is the newcomer of the year, so far.
North Forsyth: After a 1-1 start, North believed it was much improved over last season. We still think they are too, but in the record books the Raiders are still looking for that second win. North has been blown out against South Forsyth and Lambert, making it clear they’ve still got a long ways to go to compete in region play, but there’s talent at North—maybe just not quite enough. Cody Dwyer and Simon Holcomb continue to be bright spots.
Forsyth Central: It’s been weird. The Bulldogs (2-3, 0-2 Region 7-AAAAA. Div. B) started 2-0. Then they relished the chance to host Cass, who gave them their first loss last season in a close game. That big game turned into a 42-18 thumping at home. Then Kell came to Central, and the Bulldogs were a 2-point conversion from winning. This past Friday, Central got beat by 37 on the road at Riverwood. It’s still a three-game losing streak, and Central is still trying to find its identity. It should have a chance to get back in the win column next Friday at North Atlanta.
Pinecrest: Not a single team on Pinecrest’s remaining schedule has a winning record. The Paladins (3-1) may have lost at home Friday to Mount Paran, but a 16-point loss to the defending state champions and an all-state performer in Taylor Trammell won’t doom their season. When you look at the rest of the schedule, an 8-2 or even 9-1 finish doesn’t seem out of the ordinary.