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High school football notebook: Annual battle boasts big numbers

POSTED: October 15, 2008 5:01 a.m.

An obscene offensive display took place Friday night in the 14th Battle of Oakwood.

West Hall and Johnson combined for 110 points and 992 yards of total offense in a game that embodied the phrase, "It will come down to the team who has the ball at the end of the game."

Where football is concerned, Hall County is a tradition-rich area, however, in Hall County football history, only one team has played a game in which the two teams competing combined for a higher point total.

Last season Gainesville beat Pickens 77-35, a 112-point total.

The only other team to come close was North Hall, which combined with White County for 90 points in a 57-33 win in 2004.

By the numbers

Chestatee shut out a team for the first time in two seasons in Friday night’s 57-0 win over Gilmer.

A lot has happened since the War Eagles 2006 35-0 shutout win over Lumpkin County, for instance: 19 games have been played, Chestatee has played 76 quarters, or 912 minutes, of football while scoring 463 points and giving up 454.

Unsung hero

Flowery Branch senior wide receiver/defensive back Chris Lipscomb has scored a touchdown in each of the Falcons’ last three games.

He had a 30-yard touchdown reception against Johnson, returned an interception 35 yards for a score against West Hall and Friday night, during Flowery Branch’s first drive, scooped up a fumble and ran 48 yards for a touchdown. Lipscomb makes plays but even more importantly, he makes them at the right time.

Against West Hall on Oct. 3, he broke the will of the Spartans with his pick six on their first drive and Friday night, made up for a teammates’ mistake while giving his team early momentum and an early lead against a formidable opponent.

Subregion contenders showing strength

At the top of Subregion 7B-AAA are two teams building the anticipation of their meeting with every game played.

Both Flowery Branch and Gainesville have spent the past seven Friday nights building a case for who will win come Nov. 7 and this past Friday night was no different.

After all, in all probability a region championship hangs in the balance.

The next hurdle for Flowery Branch is a determined East Hall team while awaiting Gainesville, a much-needed week off.

The same can be said for Chestatee and North Hall, the two teams atop subregion 7A-AAA. The War Eagles and Trojans will meet in two weeks and, if Chestatee is able to get past White County and North Hall past Pickens; the game could decide the subregion champion.



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