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High school football notebook: Region 7-AAA will be a battle down the stretch

North Hall the only in 7-AAA with playoff spot secured

POSTED: October 27, 2012 5:40 p.m.

Region 7-AAA should be an exciting race these final two weeks of the regular season as six teams battle for the final three playoff spots. Except for North Hall (7-1, 5-0 Region 7-AAA) and its certainty to open the postseason in Gainesville, the rest of the spots are still up the in the air.

Even Buford (5-3, 3-2) needs to win again to be a lock for the postseason, as a result of having to forfeit two region games last week.

The Wolves still have the inside track for the other home playoff spot. Buford visits East Hall (4-4, 2-3) on Friday, followed by a home game against the Trojans on Nov. 9. Buford is seeking its 14th consecutive playoff appearance.

The other five still alive in the playoff race are White County (5-3, 3-2), Dawson County (4-4, 2-3), East Hall, Banks County (3-5, 2-3) and West Hall (3-5, 2-3). Fannin County (1-7, 1-4) is the only in the seven-team region outside the playoff picture.

North Hall can locked up the region title with a win against Banks County on Friday at The Brickyard.

THOUSAND-YARD BACKS: Two of the area’s running backs went over 1,000 yards Friday, both in huge region victories. Chestatee’s Quan Clark carried the ball 16 times for 146 yards and a touchdown in a 49-17 win against Lumpkin County in Dahlonega.

Clark now has 1,049 yards on the season for the War Eagles (7-1, 5-0 Region 8-AAAA). With the win, Chestatee is set up to play Monroe Area (8-0, 5-0) for the region championship Friday in Gainesville. The War Eagles are also a lock for their first playoff appearance since 2006.

Also on Friday, Flowery Branch (7-2, 7-0 Region 8-AAAAA) had its lead back go over 1,000 yards. Sophomore Justin Curry carried the ball 22 times for 112 yards in a 24-13 region win against Clarke Central in Athens. Curry now stands at 1,056 yards and 10 touchdowns on the season. With the win, the Falcons will host Gainesville (7-1, 6-0) for the region championship on Nov. 9.

OVER THE HUMP: Lakeview Academy and Jackson County both celebrated great achievements by recording their fifth victory of the season on Friday.

The Lions (5-2) reached five wins for the first time in school history, with a 63-28 win against North Cobb Christian in Gainesville. Lakeview Academy can make it six wins with a game against Towns County (2-6) this week in Gainesville. The Lions finished 4-4 each of the previous two seasons.

Jackson County (5-3, 3-2 Region 8-AAA), meanwhile, remains a playoff contender after a 48-35 win over Oconee County.

The Panthers are currently in a three-way tie for the final two playoff spots with Elbert County and Morgan County. The Panthers last won at least five games the last time they made a state playoff appearance, in 1992.


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