Forest Hills (3-9 & 2-3) the Yellow Jackets will need to replace 1401 yards and 16 TDs the ground in 2018. Jaleel McLaughlin graduates which makes senior Kendrick McLaurin the work horse. McLaurin rushed for 364 yards and 5 TDs in 9 games in 2017. The Yellow Jackets lost Jadaus Davis (transfered to Metrolina Christian). The Yellow Jacket QB position saw Marion Holmes and Jai Rorie split time under center in 2017. Holmes threw for 805 yards and 9 TDs last season and Rorie connected for 345 yards and 2 TDs. Senior wide receiver Keyshawn Tyson returns after putting up 379 yards and 5 TDs in 2017.
The Yellow Jacket defense loses 9 of their top 10 tacklers but returns their 3rd leading tackler in senior Nashaun Faulkner. Faulkner recorded 63 tackles (47 solo) for Coach Smith in 2017 Senior linebacker Jamal Barns returns after recording 19 tackles in 8 games in 2017. Kendrick McLaurin and Freshman Jordan Black all recorded 2 interceptions in 2017.
The Yellow Jackets kicking game is open with the graduation of Tyler Mills. Mills was 30-of-39 on PATs and 1-of-4 on field-goals. The Yellow Jackets open the season on August 17th hosting Sun Valley.