Wilson Times Staff Writer Jimmy Lewis reigns supreme as the winner of the Times Football Forecast for 2016. Despite a pedestrian 6-6 showing in the final week, Lewis' season percentage of .663 (110-56) fended off the challenge of Senior Staff Writer Tom Ham, who was 8-4 to finish at 107-59 (.645). It was the second Forecast crown in three years for Lewis, who won his first in 2014. Ham, who dominated the Forecast by winning it four times from 2009-2013, settled for second this time.
Cole Page, a member of the Times High School Football Broadcast team, had an impressive debut season as he challenged Lewis down the stretch before fading to a third-place finish. Page had a Week 14-best record of 9-3 but that wasn't enough to overtake Ham as the runner-up. Page finished 106-60 (.639).
The 2015 Forecast king, Times Freelance Photographer Sheldon Vick, struggled to maintain the dominant showing from a year ago. Vick finished fourth at 103-63 (.620), well off his torrid .785 pace of last year when he accurately forecast 150 of 191 contests.
Vick did, however, come in ahead of Sports Editor Paul Durham, who was a woeful 5-7 in the final week. Durham, whose only Forecast triumph came in 2011, posted a season mark of 100-66 (.602), which was only better than the infamous Guest Picker slot. Times Guest Pickers managed to accurately forecast at a .572 clip, going 95-71.