Head Coach: Martez Edwards (first season)
2016 Record: 1-9
Last Playoff Appearance: 2003
Aug. 19 at Towers
Aug. 25 at Morrow
Sept. 1 at Locust Grove
Sept. 8 at Mary Persons
Sept. 15 South Atlanta
Sept. 22 at Alcovy
Sept. 29 at Camden County
Oct. 6 at Douglass-Atlanta
Oct. 20 at Osborne
Oct. 26 Clarkston
QB Rayshawn Meiser, DB/WR Quendarious Redden, DL/TE Justin Eboigbe, WR Jacquez Bailey, DL Buck Cooper
WR Avery Wilson, QB/DB Courtney Williams, RB Brendon Johnson
Martez Edwards was hired to lead the Forest Park football program in June. Edwards previously had success at Bessemer City High in Alabama from 2013-2016, where he posted an overall record of 30-18 and was a state finalist for Coach of the Year in 2013.
Edwards is the 11th head coach in 15 seasons for the program and will hope to lead the Panthers to multiple wins for the first time since 2013.
“The community is behind me, the administration has been very, very supportive,” Edwards said. “The players are coming to practice and we’ve increased our numbers — we should field a team of 60 guys. There is improvement. We started at a place where we couldn’t start much further but we’ve been able to get some things going.”
The Panthers will miss All-County wide receiver Avery Wilson, who is playing basketball at Boston College this season, but Quendarious Redden, Justin Eboigbe and Jacquez Bailey will be targets for quarterback RayShawn Meiser, who is returning for his junior season.
Leading rusher Brendon Johnson has graduated, opening up carries for several young players.
The Panthers will be strong up front defensively this season. Eboigbe and Buck Cooper have attracted attention on the recruiting scene and will be tasked with slowing down opposing offenses.
“The defensive line is strong. We have two great defensive ends — one has SEC offers in Justin Eboigbe and Buck Cooper will probably play his way into a scholarship — and we have a few tackles who can play ball,” Edwards said.
Redden will be asked to lead the secondary.