Fans that attended Jock Horner Field in Gainesville on Friday were treated to a thrilling game as Hebron Christian came away with a hard-fought 28-19 victory over Lakeview Academy.
MONROE - All the talk leading into the season about Monroe Area's football program being a probable contender in Region 8-AAA looks to have been right on the money.
An old rivalry renewed quickly became a one-sided affair.
With 488 yards rushing, the Class AA's No. 2-ranked Buford avenged their only loss a from a year ago Friday, beating Lovett 37-14 at Memorial Stadium in Atlanta.
Gainesville High now has its own version of wardrobe malfunctions, and although it didn't appear to be the case at the time, those mishaps were the difference in a 28-7 win over Franklin County on Friday at City Park.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Austin Brown continues to become more comfortable in Flowery Branch's offense.
With all of their points coming in the first half, the North Hall Trojans defeated Walnut Grove 40-0 on Friday at Warrior Stadium in Loganville.
Offensive execution was emphasized all week at Lumpkin County.
Jackson County traveled to Elbert County on Friday night and came away on the wrong end of a 56-8 loss.
After four games in a new classification and region, Flowery Branch finds itself 4-0 in 8-AAAA and ranked No. 7 in the state, despite significant turnover from last year's Class AAA state semifinalist team. It was unclear how the Falcons would fare in 2010, and as a result, they had to earn their spot in the top 10 by overwhelming voters after starting the season outside the rankings.
North Hall at Walnut Grove
BUFORD - At Buford High, being perfect in the regular season isn't a requirement to make it to the ultimate destination of a matchup in the Georgia Dome for the state title game.
Flowery Branch inched up one more spot to No. 7 in Class AAAA in this week's Georgia Prep Football Poll, conducted by The Associated Press.
Going into Friday's game with Washington-Wilkes, the Commerce High football team found itself in an unusual position. The Tigers were 0-3 and on the verge of starting 0-4 for the first time in school history.
Though Jackson County came out of its Region 8B-AA game against new cross-county rival East Jackson with a 29-14 loss, the Panthers may have found their quarterback in the process.
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.
Gainesville at Harris County
Michael Byrd's joy can be found in watching his two sons playing football for Gainesville High on Fridays in the fall. Part of the excitement is watching his sons, Michael and Chris, following in his footsteps as standouts for the Red Elephants. The other part is just the paternal joy of watching the next generation do what they love.
Children sat around the stage. West Hall football players stood on stage, and the auditorium was full as Tony Lotti took the stage.
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.
JEFFERSON - With freezing temperatures, it took a little time for the Jefferson Dragons' offense to warm up offensively during its Class AAA state playoff opener against the Franklin County Lions.
Model beat Union County 50-36 in the Class AA state playoff opener Friday in Blairsville.
White County fell to Cartersville, the No. 1 from Region 7-AAAA, 54-0 Friday night in the first round of the Class AAAA state playoffs at Cartersville.