Lewis secures second straight Football Forecast championship

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Wilson Times staff writer Jimmy Lewis held off the competition in the final week to win the Times Football Forecast for the 2017 season.

Although producing a 6-6 record in Week 15, Lewis accurately predicted 126 of 180 games this season, good enough for a 70 percent winning percentage and his second straight Forecast championship.

It is the third overall title for Lewis, who won his first in 2014.

Cole Page, a member of the Times High School Football Game of the Week broadcast team, improved from a third- to a second-place finish in his second season on the panel.

Page owned a 124-56 (.689) record in finishing two games back of the lead.

Times freelance photographer Sheldon Vick, who won his only Forecast championship in 2015, was third at 123-57 (.683). Vick climbed to within three games of the lead before the next-to-last week of the Forecast, but went 6-6 in Week 15.

Times Sports Editor Paul Durham was fourth, posting a 122-58 (.678) showing.

Durham’s only Forecast championship came in 2011.

Senior staff writer Tom Ham, the owner of four Forecast crowns from 2009-2013, was unable to overcome a slow start and was fifth at 120-60 (.667). Ham picked up steam as the season went along, yielding a panel-best 9-3 record in the final week.

Times guest pickers ended with an 111-69 (.617) mark, representing a noticeable improvement from the 95-71 (.572) showing from a season ago.