Jefferson High has handled injuries to key players about as well as could be expected.
HELEN - There was a correlation Thursday between having the fastest runner and the top overall cross country team at the Region 7-AAA championship meet at Unicoi State Park.
Chestatee High is building quite a reputation as the cross country power to beat in Region 8-AAAA.
As tough and physical as Friday's game for North Hall was against West Hall, it was the speed and breakaway ability of Trojans senior quarterback Andrew Smith that put the game away with a long touchdown run late in the fourth quarter at The Brickyard.
Collin Pettell has made a quick ascent to becoming a prolific passer, and more importantly a trusted leader, as quarterback for Riverside Military.
After nearly five hours and two evenly-match softball games, East Hall's first-ever playoff appearance is still alive against Cartersville.
BUFORD - Buford's 42-6 win against White County was marked with efficiency in all phases of the game Friday.
In the big picture, Riverside Military's game against Union County tonight probably won't go down as a make-or-break moment in the eyes of coach Gary Downs.
The North Hall offense displayed crystal clear Friday why its wishbone offense is so hard to stop with a 56-31 win over East Hall at The Brickyard.
Winder-Barrow rarely let an opportunity go to waste with the bases loaded in its Region 8-AAAAA softball tournament doubleheader on Wednesday at Flowery Branch High.
Not that 400 rushing yards was going to get glossed over by Trojans coach Bob Christmas after Friday's 51-6 win against Dawson County to open its run in Region 7-AAA, but it was the defense that got him really excited at The Brickyard.
East Hall coach Bryan Gray feels like his program is mature enough to see the big picture. The Vikings (3-1, 0-1 Region 7-AAA) play in a difficult region, maybe the toughest in Northeast Georgia, but they aren't looking at Friday's game against White County as if they have to win to stay in the playoff picture.
When Riverside Military Academy had a chance to finish a drive with a touchdown early in Friday's Region 8-AA opener against Washington-Wilkes at Maginnis Field, Eagles coach Gary Downs knew he wanted to roll the dice.
At West Hall, the rest of the season is dedicated to playing a 'Spartan 50.'
JEFFERSON - North Hall can credit Friday's 41-34 win over defending Class AA state champion Jefferson to some good hands work in the fourth, though turnovers were holding the Trojans' offense back for much of the first half at Memorial Stadium.
Leslie Hernandez has never tried to create an identity as a trend setter. She's just a young lady who loves wrestling and never believed her gender should discourage that passion.
For the past two games, Colton Chester has been an unstoppable, home-run-hitting machine.
Gainesville's starting rotation has strung together quite the pitching line against Clarke Central in two years of Region 8-AAAAA meetings. A year after Gainesville pitchers tossed a pair of no-hitters against the Gladiators, senior Chandler Newton gave up just two hits in a complete-game, 12-2 victory in five innings on Wednesday at Ivey-Watson Field.
While Logan Burt patrolled center field against Fannin County on March 31, he knew he was about to be called on to pitch Dawson County out of a jam.
As Buford's Chip Ness went through drills practicing for his final state tournament in February, he broke out into a grin. Wolves coach Rob Carlyle wanted to know what was so funny.
It might be hard for Rob Carlyle to match what he accomplished this season as Buford's wrestling coach, but he's eager to give it a shot. Led by four-time state champion Chip Ness, the Wolves capped off a historic season with Class AAA state titles both in duals and traditionals in 2014.
CLEVELAND - White County just proved it can play with the big boys in Region 7-AAA.
CUMMING - Devan Stringer provided Gainesville just the defensive lift it needed in its season opener against West Forsyth. Leading late in the second quarter Friday night, the Red Elephants' senior linebacker picked off a Hampton McConnell pass in West Forsyth territory.
Dawson County struck big in crucial situations to open the season Friday against East Hall in Gainesville. Leading by a small margin with five minutes left to play, Tigers (1-0, 1-0 Region 7-AAA) quarterback Zack Buchan hit running back Cody Lamar in the open field on a third-and-long at the 30 and ran 70 yards for the score, propelling Dawson County to a 29-27 win.
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