FLOWERY BRANCH -- Flowery Branch senior Chris Lipscomb couldn't have imagined how his touchdown on the first drive of the game was going to foreshadow Friday night's contest against North Hall at Falcon Field.
If Gainesville High softball coach Jeremy Kemp was looking for a nickname to fit his team, the Cardiac Kids would do just fine. The Lady Red Elephants strung together seven runs in the bottom of the seventh en route to an 11-10 win against Gilmer in Region 7-AAA's tournament play-in game on Monday at the Lanier Point Softball Complex.
Jefferson has the inside track to the Region 8-AA title after its 47-20 win against Riverside Military (4-2, 3-2) on Friday night in Jefferson. The Dragons are looking for the first region title for the school since 1977. It's been noted that Jefferson (6-0, 5-0) is dangerous on offense, hard-hitting on defense, and takes advantage of any opportunity it's given.
The Petit Le Mans is already the premier race in the American Le Mans Series. This year, it's also a meeting ground for four recent Indy 500 champions. Helio Castroneves (2001, 2002), Gil de Ferran (2003), Dario Franchitti (2007) and this year's Indy 500 and IRL points champion, Scott Dixon, are all former Indy champs racing in the Le Mans Prototype-2 classification in the 10-hour race Saturday at Road Atlanta in Braselton.
For 12 minutes on Friday night, North Hall's offense resembled the high-powered running game that took the Trojans to the Class AAA state semifinals in 2007. It only took the Trojans (2-2, 1-0 Region 7A-AAA) four plays to score three touchdowns in the second quarter en route to a 34-24 win against Creekview (0-4, 0-1) at The Brickyard.
The win helped sooth the sore feelings from losing back-to-back games leading into the subregion opener against the Grizzlies. More importantly, it puts North Hall right at the top of the pack in Region 7A-AAA heading into next Friday's matchup ...
Region 7-AAA used to be a fairly predictable region when it came to football. The same cluster of teams would lay claim to the four playoff spots more often than not. Even when the subdivided region came into play in 2006 things didn't change all that much.
Class AAA's No. 8 Gainesville now stands alone as the only unbeaten team in Hall County after a 27-0 win against North Hall on Friday night at The Brickyard. The Red Elephants (4-0) have absolutely dominated to this point, allowing only 14 points this season.