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.
ATHENS - Flowery Branch may have another A in its GHSA classification, but not without more W's.
All the talk during the week about the North Hall and Gainesville game being an even matchup couldn't have been more spot on.
Lumpkin County came out on the wrong end of a defensive struggle with Monroe Area on Friday in Dahlonega, losing 10-3.
Scoring and turnovers were the name of the game Friday at East Hall Stadium.
DAWSONVILLE - Chestatee's defense returned four of its five interceptions for touchdowns in a 55-7 rout of host Dawson County on Friday at Tiger Stadium.
The West Hall football team lost in Toccoa to Stephens County 45-17 on Friday night.
COMMERCE - Brion Youngs made sure the first-ever meeting between East Jackson and Jackson County wasn't a close one.
WATKINSVILLE - With touchdowns to end the first half and start the second, White County was able to quiet a homecoming crowd at Warrior Stadium to beat Oconee County 28-14 on Friday.
Alex Ross threw for 199 yards and three touchdowns on Friday night to lead No. 2 Buford to a 33-6 win over Therrell at Tom Riden Stadium.
North Carolina teams proved to be inhospitable hosts to two Northeast Georgia football teams Friday night.
Kevin Ellison had both touchdowns for Habersham Central in a 38-14 Region-8AAAA loss to Clarke Central on Friday in Mount Airy.
ATLANTA - Buford was in unfamiliar territory, but the Wolves refused to stay there long.
ATLANTA - Quarterback Tobias Oliver scored on a 47-yard run with eight minutes remaining and Northside of Warner Robins won the Georgia High School Association Class AAAAA football championship with a 25-18 comeback victory over Mays on Friday night at the Georgia Dome.
ATLANTA - Calhoun scored on a 40-yard double-reverse pass from Baylon Spector to Carson Brown early in the fourth quarter and defeated Washington County, 27-20, to win the Georgia High School Association Class AAA state football title on Friday night at the Georgia Dome.
Buford seems so complete heading into Saturday's state title game.
ATLANTA - Warren Singletary scored on a pair of short touchdown runs and Hawkinsville defeated Irwin County, 15-6, for the Georgia High School Association Class A-Public state football title on Friday at the Georgia Dome.
Buford defensive linemen have been harassing opposing quarterbacks all season long. Now the hard-hitting, fast-talking unit is back on a familiar stage: the state championship game.
CARTERSVILLE - Momentum was moving fast in Cartersville's direction. Steven Reese changed that with one play.
Commerce at Irwin County
It's been two years since the Buford Wolves played at Weinman Stadium. But they haven't forgotten the standing-room-only crowd at Cartersville High and the atmosphere surrounding a 21-10 Buford win in the 2012 Class AAA semifinals.
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.
Gainesville at Allatoona
BUFORD - For Evyn Cooper, it was all about being the next man up.