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Trap Game: Forsyth County history encourages Pinecrest, warns Denmark
Bryce Balthaser
Pinecrest Academy quarterback Bryce Balthaser, left, carries the ball last week during a 28-7 loss to Walker. Photo by Jay Rooney.

It's not impossible for a winless to team beat an unbeaten team at this point in the season. It's just improbable.

In fact, it's happened a few times in Forsyth County since 1970.

Pinecrest Academy (0-4) is looking for its first win of the season, and the Paladins hope to find it tonight in Macon, where they will face undefeated Mount de Sales (4-0).

No. 10 Denmark (4-0) is the last undefeated team left in the County. The Danes have looked unstoppable at times this season, mainly last week in a 58-0 win against Chestatee where they led 44-0 after the first quarter. 

Denmark's Region 7-4A will be decided in the coming weeks when the Danes face No. 4 Blessed Trinity and No. 2 Marist. First, Denmark must navigate past West Hall (0-5), which on paper doesn't look difficult. 

But the 2012 Lambert Longhorns, 1981 Forsyth County Bulldogs and 1978 Forsyth County Bulldogs might offer a word of warning.

Oct. 12, 2012 - Centennial (0-5) at Lambert (5-0)

Result: Centennial 27, Lambert 7

Lambert was riding high. 

The Longhorns, in just their third year fielding a varsity team, had beaten North Forsyth the week before for the first time in school history, 21-7.

Lambert was averaging 28 points per game, largely driven by a 55-27 win at Northview and a 32-19 win against South Forsyth, while Centennial had been blown out in all five games, giving up and average of 43 points per game.

But Lambert fumbled four times, losing possession twice, and quarterback Brock Maxwell was 1-for-11 passing for just 6 yards, adding 24 yards on the ground in a 26-7 loss.

Lambert never recovered from the loss, dropping its next four games to end the season, including a 17-16 overtime heartbreaker against West Forsyth.

Centennial, meanwhile, won only two more games that season and finished 3-7.

Sept. 25, 1981 - Forsyth County (4-0) at Henderson (0-4)

Result: Henderson 13, Forsyth County 7

Forsyth County's loss to Henderson had all the markings of a trap game.

Henderson had scored just seven points in its first four games, all losses. Also, Henderson played without its starting quarterback, who missed the game because of an illness. 

But that turned out to be a boon for Henderson, as Forsyth County's only score was a touchdown pass from Gary Cox to Tommy Shortnacy and Henderson upset the only team in Forsyth County at the time, 13-7.

Despite the score, appeared to be the better team: Cox finished 9-of-22 passing for 121 yards and the score, the Bulldogs outgained Henderson in total yards 180-125, and Forsyth County was flagged once for five yards while Henderson committed seven penalties for 62 yards.

Similar to Lambert's season 31 years later, the Bulldogs did not win another game after their first loss.

Sept. 29, 1978 - Winder-Barrow (0-4) at Forsyth County (4-0)

Result: Winder-Barrow 6, Forsyth County 0

Perhaps it should have been taken as a bad omen when fullback Mike Charles was reportedly ejected early in the game because of a fight.

The ejection seemed to derail Forsyth Central, as the Bulldogs juggled their offense to fill the hole but couldn't get much going, falling 6-0.

Marcus Shirley started at quarterback while Keith Centrell played wide receiver and Chris Lyle was the Bulldogs' running back.  

The 1978 Forsyth County Bulldogs is the only team to win a game after losing its undefeated season to a previously winless team, as Forsyth County finished the season 5-5.