Habersham Central isn't off to a perfect start, but it's a safe bet no Raiders fan will say this year's team hasn't been worth the price of admission.
No. 1-ranked Buford rolled to its fourth win of the season, beating Yulee, Fla., 49-7 on Friday.
Habersham Central rallied from a late deficit to beat Salem 43-39 on Friday night in Mount Air. Kevin Ellison connected with Zac Franks to score the go-ahead touchdown with 32 seconds left to play. In a back-and-forth game, the Raiders were down 39-28 with 11 minutes to go before Ellison capped off nine-play, 98-yard drive with a 4-yard touchdown run. It came after Salem fumbled on Habersham's 1-yard line to narrow it to 39-36. ...
ATLANTA - Coming into Friday's game, it was the running backs, North Hall's Imani Cross and St. Pius' Geno Smith, who were supposed to steal the show.
CLEVELAND - White County notch its first victory of the season by beating West Hall 26-7 Friday night in Cleveland.
The young Chestatee War Eagles, who took their lumps last season, are growing up. And after Friday's 46-13 thumping of Johnson, coach Stan Luttrell's team has the look of an emerging force in Region 8A-AAA. "Let's not get ahead of ourselves now," cautioned Luttrell. "We're happy to be 2-0, but we still have a ways to go." Chestatee showed off an array of weapons and a junior quarterback in Jordan Degraff capable of utilizing them ...
The center-quarterback exchange was a major part of Lakeview Academy's frustration and led directly to three turnovers Friday in Gainesville. And certainly five turnovers against a team that runs the ball as precisely as Prince Avenue Christian is too much for almost any team to overcome. The Lions (0-3) turned it over three times on the snap to the quarterback. Prince Avenue scored 35 points off of turnovers and rolled to a 42-7 win ...
DAWSONVILLE - It all came together for Jefferson in the second quarter Friday. The Dragons (3-0) exploded for 35 points in the quarter en route to a 42-14 win against Dawson County (1-2) in Dawsonville.
Riverside Military Academy fell to 0-4 on the season after a 65-0 loss to Landmark Christian on Friday night.
Banks County improved to 3-0 on Friday with a 35-7 victory over East Jackson in Commerce.
North Oconee shut out Commerce 33-0 on Friday night in Bogart. Blake Gaubert had 155 yards passing, threw for a score and connected on 10 of 15 attempts to lead the Seminoles. David Pinkerton rushed ten times for 93 yards and two touchdowns and Kaywin Bryant added 75 yards on four carries and a touchdown The Tigers' Cody Streetman rushed 23 times for 83 yards. Commerce (1-2) hosts Washington-Wilkes Friday.
Fannin County defeated Jackson County 28-20 on Friday night in Jefferson. Fannin's Blake Henry returned the opening kickoff for an 84-yard touchdown Friday in Jefferson. The Panthers responded with Daivon Ledford, who had four consecutive runs until he broke into the end zone. Jackson County had the chance to go up a score but turned the ball over on downs on the 1-yard line. Fannin County then drove the ball the length of the field ...
Buford vs. Yulee (Fla.) When: 8:30 tonight Where: Tom Riden Stadium, Buford TV: ESPNU Coaches: Buford, Jess Simpson; Yulee, Bobby Ramsay Records: Buford (3-0, 0-0 6A-AA); Yulee (0-1) Key players: Buford, TE/LB Dillon Lee (6-5, 240 Sr.), OL/DL Vadal Alexander (6-6, 340 Sr.), RB/LB Andre Johnson (5-11, 220 Sr.). Yulee, RB Derrick Henry (6-3, ...
FLOWERY BRANCH - Last season, in its first as a member of Region 8-AAAA, Flowery Branch was good.
Clearly, Hall County's best team based upon two games against Class AAAA teams is Flowery Branch.
This is the most fun time of year to play high school football for those still in the running.
Just like last season, Gainesville's football team will have to find a way to win in enemy territory in order to reach the Class AAAAA state championship game in The Georgia Dome. Buford, meanwhile, can punch its ticket to the Class AAA title contest in the friendly confines of Tom Riden Stadium.
Not even a tender left shoulder on quarterback Deshaun Watson or a potent Mundy's Mill running game could keep Gainesville from earning a win in the state quarterfinals on Friday at City Park Stadium.
The Gainesville Red Elephants are starting to become very comfortable at playing football when the weather turns cold.
BARNESVILLE - Despite being in unfamiliar territory on Friday against Jefferson, Lamar County didn't panic.
BUFORD - It wasn't pretty, but Buford's quarterfinal matchup with fellow state power Carver-Columbus finished in usual fashion - with the Wolves on top.
This isn't uncharted territory for the Gainesville Red Elephants. If anything, the members of Gainesville's football team expected to be here, practicing the week of Thanksgiving and playing in a high-profile quarterfinal matchup on Black Friday.
JEFFERSON - Trailing by three points in the closing minutes of last week's second-round playoff matchup at Heard County, Jefferson's defense was able to do something it hadn't been able to do all game long: Make a stop.
BUFORD - Lately it's almost a given that top-ranked Buford will face Carver-Columbus in the playoffs.
Tickets for Gainesville's Class AAAAA state quarterfinal game Friday against Mundy's Mill will be on sale from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday in the school's lobby.
One of the few uncertain moments for top-ranked Buford (12-0) came early Saturday morning with a coin flip to determine home field for Friday's state quarterfinal game against No. 4 Carver-Columbus (11-1).
Out of all the impressive things Gainesville did in its second-round playoff win against South Paulding, it was a brilliant third quarter that stood out the most. The Red Elephants (11-1) scored touchdowns on all four offensive possessions in the third period, while stifling the Spartans' offense, to secure a 51-12 win at City Park Stadium.
TYRONE - Chestatee made major strides during its 2013 season, building a campaign that reached historic levels in the program's short history.
BUFORD - Thomas Wilson scored two touchdowns in just over a minute and Tyler Winslow returned a blocked punt 14 yards as the Buford Wolves blew open what was a close second-round playoff matchup against Woodward Academy on Friday night at Tom Riden Stadium to win 40-7.
ROSWELL - The No. 1-seed Blessed Trinity Titans defeated the No. 2-seed White County Warriors 38-0 in the second round of the AAA state playoffs, Friday night at Titan Field.