2A Forest Hills took down 4A Piedmont on a hot Friday night in the season opener for both teams. The victory for the Forest Hills Yellow Jackets was their first defeat of a 4A school in 20 years. The home win has got to be a major confidence builder for a young squad that features over 20 underclassmen (freshman and sophomore) on the varsity roster.
What these Jackets lack in experience they make up for in desire, athleticism, and enthusiasm. If you are a fan of football, this team is a fun one to watch. The Jackets have a solid head coach in Jammie Deese, who in turn has surrounded himself with a terrific coaching staff that will only benefit these young men.
The town of Marshville has been yearning for a return to a winning football program. Granted, this is only one win, a big one for sure, but winning consistently is not easy, and there will be lessons to be learned, but this program is on the right track.
Head Coach Aaron Braswell's Piedmont Panthers took the early 8-0 lead off a fumble recovery returned for a touchdown. Mistakes plagued both squads throughout the night, but Forest Hills had the edge in capitalizing on those mistakes.
Forest Hills (1-0) will now go on the road next week to Red Springs (1-0) while Piedmont (0-1) travels to Monroe (0-1).