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.
The center-quarterback exchange was a major part of Lakeview Academy's frustration and led directly to three turnovers Friday in Gainesville.
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.
Fannin County defeated Jackson County 28-20 on Friday night in Jefferson.
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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.
Riverside Military has struggled with coaching turnover in recent years, but never in the middle of the season until Tuesday when Chris Cotter resigned the position of football coach and athletic director, effective immediately.
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Coming off the program's first shutout defeat since 2004, the Gainesville Red Elephants were in need of a lift on Friday - for their offense and for their spirits.
Tae Turner is glad he followed through with his decision to play football for Lakeview Academy, even though it wasn't his first sport or an automatic decision when he enrolled last year from Chattahoochee High.
DAWSONVILLE- West Hall took a huge first step toward a Region 7-AAA playoff spot on Friday.
With the crux of his offensive and defensive schemes sitting injured on the Gainesville bench, even a dominant win over a region opponent couldn't put coach Bruce Miller in a good mood late Friday night.
Johnson's football players posed for an impromptu celebratory shot together, while Knights coach Jason Roquemore was bopping around the field after Friday's game against Riverside Military Academy at Maginnis Field in Gainesville.
JEFFERSON - After a first-possession fumble by the undefeated Jefferson Dragons on Friday night, the annual Battle of Jefferson against Jackson County had all the makings of a great rivalry game: an early turnover, a fired-up crowd and the home team looking to score quickly.
A pair of quick-strike touchdowns helped Lumpkin County take control early. Then, the Indians' ball-control offense kept them in front late.
North Oconee rolled past Chestatee 51-7 on Friday in Bogart.
Flowery Branch earned its first Region 8-AAAAA victory of the season on Friday, beating Cedar Shoals 17-7 in Athens.
Stephens County kept North Hall winless with a 48-19 win Friday in Toccoa.
Tae Turner's five touchdowns powered Lakeview Academy to its first region win in school history, a 38-3 victory over Providence Christian on Friday at Jock Hornor Field in Gainesville.
Habersham Centrall fell on the road Friday to Alpharetta 52-3 as the Raiders continue to struggle in Region 7-AAAAAA, falling to 0-5 on the year.
George Walton defeated Towns County 48-28 as ihe Indians fell to 1-4 on Friday in Monroe.
Union County ran up a 52-19 win over Social Circle on Friday in Blairsville.
Commerce defeated Athens Christian 10-7 on Friday in Athens.
Franklin County held off Banks County 22-21 on Friday night in Homer.