A six-part series looking at the most read sports stories in Forsyth County in 2015 by school, ending with the Forsyth County News’ sports staff picking their top stories of the year.
Here were the five most read South Forsyth sports stories of this past year:
On Nov. 7, South Forsyth football dominated crosstown rival Lambert, 31-6, to claim the Region 6-AAAAAA championship in front of a blacked-out, standing-room-only crowd. In a game with so much on the line—a South loss, combined with a sure-win from West Forsyth would have sent the War Eagles on the road against tough competition for the first week of the playoffs—South played a nearly perfect game.
South Forsyth’s offense provided plenty of fireworks, racking up over 500 yards of offense and hitting on long scoring plays, but it was the will of its defense that kept the War Eagles’ magical season alive, forcing three turnovers in the second half and holding Tucker scoreless in the final quarter to hold onto a 42-35 win to advance to the state quarterfinals for the second time in program history and set a school record for wins in a season.
South Forsyth grad Michael Scullin, a walk-on offensive lineman on the University of Georgia football team, wrote about his struggle with depression that had him on the verge of committing suicide. Scullin shared his story a social media site called The Wish Dish (thewishdish.com)—a forum for college students to share stories of personal struggles, triumphs and inspirational experiences – and it had more than 45,000 views within a day.
In game that wasn’t meant to be, South Forsyth did everything it could to bottle up a miracle. The War Eagles led Colquitt County 31-28 with less than 10 minutes on the clock, with the ball, on the Packers’ 42-yard line. But Colquitt escaped with a 49-31 victory, and South’s storybook season ended.
Thanks to a fateful and dramatic coin flip, executed over a three-way call after a 42-35 win over Tucker, South football was set to host Colquitt County. This was the story of the War Eagles’ opponent that night, a program with rich history and a decorated head coach.