Alumni and residents bask in East Forsyth High spotlight

Alumni and residents bask in East Forsyth High spotlight
December 03
00:00 2015
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Thousands showed up to see the quarterfinal matchup between cross-town rivals East Forsyth and West Forsyth on Friday, Nov. 27. After dominating the entire contest, the Eagles are one step closer to rewriting the school’s history books.

By Tevin Stinson

The Chronicle

It has been more than 20 years since the Eagles of East Forsyth won a NCHSAA 4-A varsity football title, but many alumni and residents around the city believe this will be the year the Eagles return to football glory.

After a dominating 31-6 win over cross-town rival West Forsyth in the quarterfinals last Friday, the Eagles (14-0) are just two wins away from reaching their goal of a state championship and one win away from matching the record of the 1992 East Forsyth squad that posted an unblemished 15-0 record and won the 4-A state title. The ’92 team was also ranked 15th in the USA Today super 25 poll.

According to, a site that ranks the top football programs, the Eagles are ranked first in the entire state.

Throughout the entire season, members of the East Winston community have compared this year’s team to the ’92 team. Many believe this year’s team is more balanced on both sides of the ball.

“This year’s team does it all,” said Norman James, a long time resident of East Winston.  “They can run it, throw it, and they’re strong on defense.

“I’ve seen them play multiple times this year and I honestly believe they are better than the ’92 team.”

Although it’s hard to compare two teams that played nearly 25 years apart, but that doesn’t stop people at barbershops and other places from keeping the argument going.

Anthony Watson watched every game the Eagles played in ’92 and a number of games this season. He said the ‘92 team was better because they were more disciplined.

“This year’s team gets a number of penalties at bad times during the game,” he said. “I think that is what made the ’92 team great. They were fundamentally sound and rarely picked up penalties.”

No matter which team people think is better, everyone agrees they are excited to see the team return to the top of the state football ranks.

“Having the top-ranked program in the state is a major accomplishment, not just for the school but for community as well,” said Watson. “Now the entire state is on notice that there is some real talent in this city.”

Next up on the Eagles’ quest for perfection is Mallard Creek out of Charlotte. The game will be played this Friday at East Forsyth. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

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