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Paglia: Predicting Forsyth County high school football season(s)
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Can Jamal Davenport and North Forsyth build off last season's 7-4 record and playoff appearance? - photo by David McGregor

What is football — or, for that matter, all of sports — but nothing more than a guessing game?

We think we’re certain of so many variables of a player, team, game, season, and we spend so much time measuring them all so as to satisfy our urges to feel some degree of competency if not expectation.

But what were our expectations before Lambert football defeated West Forsyth in the regular season finale a year ago?

Or before South and North defeated Chattahoochee — at Chattahoochee?

Or before Pinecrest Academy edged Athens Christian on the road?

Or before Forsyth Central fell by just four to eventual playoff team Creekview?

It should have taught us better, that our best hope is to rest easy in the theater of the game itself and let that be reward enough. But no, the anticipation is too strong.

And so it is again for me as the first day of high school football practice in pads arrives. I wish I could merely float into the first games for Forsyth County teams on Aug. 22 and sway along with the emotional ebbs and flows. But I can’t.

The urge grips me, and I can’t help but to wonder what will become of this season. Temptation gets the better of me, and I need to seek an outcome.

I need to see how Central will replace its quarterback, leading rusher and leading wide receiver.

How Lambert will replace 2013 County Defensive Player of the Year Zach Matthews, half its secondary and half its defensive line under new head coach Louis Daniel?

How North will find a new quarterback and linebacker corps or Pinecrest will fare in a new region?

How South will retool with five Division I players graduated, or West will transition out of the Frank Hepler era?

Too many questions to fit into one neat scenario.

So I seek two outcomes — one which every answer is found, the other in which every question is left unresolved.

What follows is my best- and worst-case scenarios for every Forsyth County high school football team’s regular season:

Forsyth Central

Best: 5-5

Worst: 2-8


Best: 9-1

Worst: 4-6

North Forsyth

Best: 7-3

Worst: 3-7

Pinecrest Academy

Best: 7-3

Worst: 1-9

South Forsyth

Best: 7-3

Worst: 4-6

West Forsyth

Best: 8-2

Worst: 6-4

Brian Paglia is sports editor of the Forsyth County News. He can be reached at, (770) 205-8976 or follow him on Twitter at @BrianPaglia.