FOREST PARK — Forest Park’s return to region play was not spectacular, but the Panthers did win two region games in 2018.
Picking up more wins over region foes in 2019 is the clear goal, but they’ll have quite a bit to do.
The season kicks off Aug. 22 with a home game against Lithonia High School. Then the region foe of Morrow comes to visit a week later. Morrow won the first match between the two 28-14 and that game should be circled as a classic in 2019.
The Panthers hit the road for the first time of the season as they head to Tucker on Sept. 13. Forest Park will be home to face Drew a week later but the short turnaround in schedules will see the Panthers return to the road six days after their Drew matchup.
Forest Park will travel to face Mount Zion on Sept. 26 before a well-deserved bye week. The Panthers then are back on the road Oct. 11 to face Stephenson. Forest Park will host M.L. King on Oct. 17.
The Panthers will travel to face Clarkston in a non-region game to end October. The only two games in November will start with a home game against Mundy’s Mill on Nov. 1 and close the regular season out with a road game against Lovejoy.
Goodman’s Take: Forest Park picked up two region victories in 2018, and three altogether. The Panthers may be a major wild card this year. Four different games were separated by at least two touchdowns or less.
Take those games where they lost back and the Panthers could have been in the playoffs easily. Forest Park will have two bye weeks within a month’s time, leaving the team with five straight games to close the season.
2019 Forest Park Schedule
Aug. 22 Lithonia
Aug. 30 Morrow
Sept. 13 at Tucker
Sept. 20 Drew
Sept. 26 at Mount Zion
Oct. 11 at Stephenson
Oct. 17 M.L. King
Oct. 25 at Clarkston
Nov. 1 Mundy’s Mill
Nov. 8 at Lovejoy