EAST BEND — Forbush football has struggled to maintain a good football team in the last 10 years.
Last season, the Falcons had a 5-7 overall record, and a 2-3 Western Piedmont Athletic Conference record. In the WPAC, Forbush placed fourth with a .400 win percentage. The last time the Falcons won 50 percent of their games was in 2013 when the Falcons went 6-6 overall. The last winning record was in 2004, when the Falcons were under Coach Pat Mitchell and had a 12-2 season.
This season, Head Coach Chris Johnson got straight to the point when asked what his goals were for this year’s team.
“Our goal this season is to have a winning record,” said Johnson. “Forbush hasn’t had a winning season in the last 10 years.”
For Forbush to get that winning record, it will have to come up strong on defense and offense. Last season the Falcons had the players, and the size needed on the defensive line, but they came up short where it matter most. Forbush had no fear on the defensive line, as the team’s approach was to come out big and to come out strong. This season, the Falcons are bigger and stronger on defense with the help of defensive linemen Zane Johnson and Louden Hundley; linebacker Tanner Gregory; and defensive back Austin Mendehall.
Johnson is one of the main players for the Falcons as he plays both ways, as a running back and a defensive lineman. Last season, Johnson had 971 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns. With nine returning starters, the Falcons are on a direct course for a winning season, they just have to over come a few bumps along the way.
“We will be similar to last year in our approach on offense,” said Coach Johnson. “We’re expecting to be faster and more aggressive on defense.”
Quarterback Jackson Cooper looks to lead the team on the offensive side once again. Cooper has been a driving force for the Falcons since he became the starting quarterback. Last season Cooper had 450 passing yards, and 705 rushing yards. Other notable players to keep an eye on this season are: OL/DL John Basilio, TE/LB Cory Evans, RB/LB Omar Montalvan, WR/DB Shane Hutchens, and OL Tanner Moore.
The first match-up of the season was against Elkin, who the Falcons opened up their season with last year with a 28-7 win. From there the Falcons face a few tough match-ups with North Iredell, North Wilkes, Starmount and East Wilkes. The Falcons will need to show up on both sides of the field in order to maintain a winning record this season.
Kristian Russell may be reached at 336-258-4052.