Of all the things Chase Sims remembers from the Battle of Oakwood last year, his first game as a member of Johnson's varsity roster, it was the noise that stuck with him the most.
Gainesville at Grayson
Week 0 gave area football fans a taste of what is to come this season, highlighted by a nationally-televised defensive battle between No. 1 Buford and Trinity Christian Academy of Jacksonville, Fla.
BUFORD - Top-ranked Buford didn't waste any time Saturday night.
Jess Simpson knew that if he was going to schedule a season opener worthy of his zealous fan base, he better schedule the best team he could.
JEFFERSON – Jefferson's season started off about as flawless as any team could hope for.
DANIELSVILLE - Early turnovers put Johnson in a hole that it never found a way out of against Madison County.
Chestatee lineman Matthew Pruitt couldn't see teammate Kris Pierce bring a 55-yard interception back for a touchdown halfway through the third quarter of Thursday's scrimmage against East Hall.
The spring workouts wrapped up long ago. The summer conditioning program is through. Preseason tests are out of the way.
The Johnson High football team earned a 35-7 win in a scrimmage game against East Jackson High on Friday.
North Hall had a big decision to make in choosing who would replace former head football coach Bob Christmas.
Hunter Atkinson always wanted to be a Georgia Bulldog. But when the time came for the West Hall tight end to decide on his college football playing future, the Bulldogs didn't have a spot for him.
Wednesday is National Signing Day. Here is a list of area football players who have already signed National Letters of Intent. This list will be updated with more names throughout the afternoon.
Bob Christmas is saying goodbye to North Hall and returning to a place where he won a pair of state championships in the 1990s.
All-Area First Team
Gainesville football coach Bruce Miller has a justifiable frustration with the lack of interest from college programs in his senior quarterback, Mikey Gonzalez.
Before the wins, before the tears, and before he could fill the empty picture frame in his West Hall High fieldhouse, Tony Lotti looked down around the first ever football team at Union Grove High School and asked them a simple question.
ACWORTH - Gainesville was in it to the very end.
JEFFERSON - The Jefferson Dragons' run at a second state championship in three seasons ended Friday night at Jefferson Memorial Stadium.
BUFORD - Determination helped Joshua Thomas and Buford take control Friday night and punch the Wolves' ticket into the state semifinals for an eighth consecutive season.
COMMERCE - It wasn't a win for the highlight reel, but Commerce coach Michael Brown will take it.
BUFORD - For Evyn Cooper, it was all about being the next man up.
HAMILTON – Mikey Gonzalez has carved out his own legacy for Gainesville. His year as the Red Elephants' signal-caller will be remembered for winning huge games with clutch performances.
JEFFERSON - The No. 1-seed Jefferson Dragons put together another dominant performance in the Class AAA state playoffs Friday night at Memorial Stadium, ousting the No. 3-seeded Dodge County Indians, 27-7.
COMMERCE - Once Will Thomas found running room, there was no stopping him.
Tapped out of energy from a three-hour slugfest and numb from freezing temperatures most of the night, Gainesville's players were still able to celebrate following Friday's playoff opener against Creekview.
Elbert County bested Lumpkin County 28-18 in the first round of the Class AAA playoffs on Friday night in Dahlonega.
BUFORD - Sixteen different players carried the ball as top-ranked Buford racked up 423 rushing yards on 36 carries to defeat Southeast Whitfield 63-0 in the opening round of the Class AAAA playoffs on Friday at Tom Riden Stadium.
HARTWELL - Bryan Gray looked over his team of quiet, disappointed East Hall Vikings and gave them a simple message following their 42-14 loss at Hart County.
The running of Kwon Williams and Tyquan Statham was a perfect analogy for the West Hall football team's mentality on Friday night. Quite simply, the Spartans refused to go down without a fight.