Quarterback Daniel McCrary and wide receiver Johnathan Gilreath ended their careers at Lumpkin County on a particularly high note on Friday in the regular season finale, even though making the playoffs was out of the question.
Phil Jackson's big smile showed how much he appreciated the show of gratitude from Gainesville High before Friday's Region 8-AAAAA championship game at City Park Stadium.
The postseason implications of West Hall's game Friday against Dawson County are so clear cut, Spartans coach Tony Lotti equates it to a playoff contest. However, it's only the winner that gets the final spot in the postseason from Region 7-AAA.
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.
The pitching depth for Gainesville is pleasing to coach Jeremy Kemp and could serve the program well in the postseason.
When Georgia football coach Mark Richt hits the road for UGA Days events, he tends to drop a couple of nuggets of information that fans wouldn't typically hear from the head man during the heat of the battle during the regular season.
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.
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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