Riverside Military Academy's football team is taking Region 8-AA by storm with three wins right out of the gate to open the season. The Eagles (3-0, 2-0) got their biggest win of the season with a 48-2 victory over Rabun County (0-3) Friday night at Maginnis Field.
Chestatee's Stan Luttrell is the ultimate optimist when it comes to his team. The War Eagles coach has no doubt in his mind they are better than the team that got shelled by Gainesville 35-0 in Week 1.
The White County High football team lost its season opener to Franklin County, 13-3, Friday night in Cleveland. Franklin County running back Jay Moon put the game away in the fourth quarter with a 45-yard touchdown run. The Lions also scored on an interception returned for a touchdown in the first quarter.
The Johnson High football program is itching to end a three-year span without a playoff appearance. With a team returning 13 starters and equipped with talented skill players, Johnson coach Paul Friel feels like the Knights can compete against traditional contenders Flowery Branch and Gainesville in Region 7B-AAA.
As winners of three of the past four region titles, North Hall has been the standard bearer for recent success in Region 7-AAA. But the challenge to the Trojans this season will be to make it back to the state playoffs after losing 15 starters that carried the school to the Class AAA state semifinals in 2007.
Most programs that win a state title would be in for a rebuilding season; especially ones with only four returning starters. But at Buford it's just a chance for 18 new starters to etch their names in the history of this program that has won four state titles since 2001.
Riverside Military Academy athletics director Scot Sloan is most excited about creating a 'Friday Night Lights' atmosphere. Eagles football coach Chris Lancaster just hopes his home crowd isn't dwarfed by the opposing fan base of traditional public schools.
The apprehension, good and bad, is all part of the anticipation of Riverside's move this season from the Georgia Independent Schools Association back into the mainstream Georgia High Schools Association.
Megan Rogers was flawless for the North Hall softball team Thursday night. The Lady Trojans' pitcher recorded a career-high 13 strikeouts and allowed only two hits in an 8-0 victory against East Hall at the East Hall Park.
Flowery Branch boys cross country coach Jimmy Sorrells doesn't want to let a high preseason ranking get in the way of his team's ambition. The second-ranked Falcons, according to the gatfxc.com poll, feel like they have a team in place that can improve on last season's third place finish at the Class AAA state meet.