The Forsyth County high school football season is only three months away. Before the calendar can turn, the boys of fall will be strapping on their helmets and pads itching to hit someone in a different color jersey. Forsyth County has seen its fair share of talented teams and players, and this fall looks to be no different. Before too many in-depth previews of specific teams and athletes can be written, here is a look at what could be some of the best Forsyth County matchups for the coming fall.
East Forsyth at West Forsyth
The season starts off with a cross-county game featuring directional schools that have had some very good success in recent years. East Forsyth will make the trip to Clemmons to take on Adrian Snow’s Titans. The coaches will say that not much can be gained from opening season games and most coaches tend to stay on the conservative side for these “money making” endowment games. In reality, the loser will normally drop the loss when it comes time for playoff seeding, but it still does not diminish the fact that these two teams will be chomping at the bit to prove that they have not fallen far from the effort of last season that saw them both advance to the 4AA playoffs.
Reagan at North Forsyth
These two schools simply don’t like each other. Hate is probably the best word to include in this particular vocabulary. With Reagan opening in 2005, this rivalry is still young. The two teams did not meet on the gridiron until the 2007 season, but since then the game has been an annually anticipated event for the Northern part of Forsyth County. In 2010, the school’s decided to start a travelling trophy in the form of a painted sledgehammer that resides with the winner. Reagan took a surprising runaway win in the inaugural “Hammer Bowl”. This year’s game could be the other way around, with Reagan welcoming a new unproven head coach to the Raider sidelines and North Forsyth returning a majority of its skill players. The hammer may be moving to Shattalon Drive in 2011.
Carver at Parkland
In the late 1990s and early 2000s, it didn’t get any bigger than Carver-Parkland. Carver has steadily been one of the top teams in the county over the past 15 years. Parkland had some very strong teams but had a disappointing season in 2010. The game is not as popular as it once was, when Bowman Gray Stadium was used to house the sellout crowds, but it is still a rivalry that brings out the best in both teams. If you haven’t experienced a Carver-Parkland game, treat yourself.
Atkins at Reagan
These two schools opened the same year and each has struggled since. Reagan has never won a conference game and Atkins has struggled getting players to play in their program. Reagan has had a lot of support from their community while it looks as Atkins has been left behind. There is also some doubt on whether Atkins will field a team in 2011 due to the magnet program being installed at the school. Tentatively, this game is marked on both their calendars because it pits sister schools against one another, but it is obvious which one has been the most prosperous since their doors opened.
Carver at Mt. Tabor
The game between the most successful Forsyth County programs in the past 20 years should be enough to bring a huge crowd to Mt. Tabor. Carver is fresh off an appearance the state championship game in 2010, while Mt. Tabor was upset by conference-foe Davie deep in the 4A playoffs. These two teams have been the class of the county, but early rumors that Mt. Tabor will be hit hard by graduation has some in Spartan Land anxious.
Parkland at Glenn
Parkland and Glenn highlight a week where the Forsyth County schedule is unusually light due to bye weeks. Glenn started off slow in 2010 but rebounded nicely to knock some teams out of championship contention. Head coach Aldine Payne would like nothing better than to build off the late season success and start 2011 in winning fashion. This game could be key for both teams to get an early leg up in a very tough conference race. The loser digs itself a hole that they may not be able to get out of.
North Davidson at Mt. Tabor
The Central Piedmont 4A race will be shaped early with this stellar matchup. The Black Knights come calling and would do nothing but knock the Spartans out of contention early. North Davidson travels well and depending on the non-conference records attained earlier in the season, a large crowd could gather for this battle between long time conference foes.
East Forsyth at Grimsley
East Forsyth should have no problems with a downtrodden Grimsley program. The Eagles have had success over the past years in early October. This game is crucial to the confidence of the Eagles. If they come out with a big win, championship thoughts may begin to enter their minds. If the win is a close one, it could cast doubt. A loss would be devastating.
Davie at Mt. Tabor
Mt. Tabor will attempt to exact revenge on the War Eagle program that ended their championship dreams in 2010. Davie tasted the spotlight of the state championship game last year and will most certainly remind their players that it all started with a win over Mt. Tabor last year. The winner of this game will almost certainly have an inside track to the CPC Title.
Northeast Guilford at North Forsyth
This game will most likely determine the champion of the Mid Piedmont 3A. North Forsyth has competed with Northeast Guilford in each of the last two meetings but has made critical mistakes late that has cost them. The Vikings return a wealth of skill players and a potentially dangerous offense. If Northeast allows North Forsyth to dictate the pace of the game, the Vikings will quite possibly take the Mid Piedmont title with the win.
R.J. Reynolds at West Forsyth
A Demon win would definitely hurt the feelings of the Titans and would most likely have a significant effect on the playoff seedings from the CPC. R.J. Reynolds has struggled the past few years and nothing would please them more than to come out of Clemmons with a big win over a talented West Forsyth team. If West Forsyth is looking ahead, then the Demons could slip up and ruin their Halloween weekend.