ATHENS - It wasn't a high scoring affair and, in fact, the halftime score resembled that of a baseball spring training game rather than a spring football game. But the annual Red and Black game did provide some late excitement in the Black's 18-11 win on Saturday at Sanford Stadium.
FLOWERY BRANCH - All season long, the boys' side of Region 8-AAA has been a tight race between Gainesville, West Hall and Oconee County. At the region tournament, and with a No. 1 seed in the Class AAA state playoffs on the line, Gainesville emerged from the pack, beating Oconee County 3-0 in the championship on Thursday at Bobby Bailey Tennis Center.
In a crowded Region 8-AAA in which five teams are in the hunt for the final two playoff spots with a little more than a week remaining in the season, North Hall is in a must-win scenario each time it takes the soccer field.
When Scott Myers took over as coach for the Flowery Branch baseball this season for longtime skipper Jerry Lawler, he had one goal in mind: Return the Falcons to the state playoffs, where they haven't been since 2009, when they were swept out of the opening round by Oconee County as a member of Region 7-AAA.