Johnson High coach Jason Roquemore has a feeling the best is yet to come in 2012.
First-year West Hall coach Tony Lotti roams the school's practice field wearing a shirt that speaks volumes to his vision for the program. The shirt itself isn't the eye catcher. It's a standard gray T-shirt with the Spartans logo imprinted near the top. However, it's what is below the Spartan head that everyone will notice. Pressed in black numbers that are big enough to see from a distance, it reads 11-16-12.
No. 1: Gainesville at Flowery Branch, Nov. 9
Johnson's players couldn't stop smiling after Friday's 19-13 win against West Hall in the annual Battle of Oakwood. Knights senior running back Cedric Harris felt like beating his team's archrival right out of the gate could serve as a turning point for a program that was winless in 2011.
DAWSONVILLE - The victory flag is up at Tiger Stadium, and the Dawson County football team stands atop Region 7-AAA.
Johnson senior running back Cedric Harris isn't giving away a closely guarded secret when he says Friday's game against West Hall will be the Knights' biggest game for 2012. It's always a big deal when the two high schools in Oakwood play. It even has its own title: The Battle of Oakwood.
East Hall at Dawson County
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Dawson County is entering the 2012 season with arguably higher expectations than the program has ever experienced.
The past two seasons have strayed from the norm for North Hall under coach Bob Christmas.
Building continuity is an annual struggle for East Hall, which breaks in a number of new players on a yearly basis.
Before most high school football teams in the state hit the gridiron for their first regular season game, the Johnson High football team will have already been tested.
One of the biggest blessings for first-year Riverside Military coach Gary Downs may be a bye week right away on Aug. 31.
It's all anybody wants to talk about, but it's also not until November.
It's shaping up to be an exciting season at Gainesville. The Red Elephants (12-2 in 2011) have one of the state's best high school quarterbacks, Deshaun Watson, along with a handful of receivers with speed, a trio of running backs who can help mix things up on offense and a deep group of defensive backs.
Flowery Branch spoiled homecoming Friday for the Apalachee with a 52-28 victory.
East Hall quarterback Devin Watson said he slept for 14 hours Thursday night to stave off a migraine in order to play in Friday night's rivalry game against Johnson.
Gainesville got rid of a bitter taste in its mouth with a sharp performance Friday against Clarke Central when it needed it most.
Chestatee fell at home to Stephens County on Friday, losing 55-27 to Toccoa.
Fourth-ranked Jefferson rolled to a big 63-0 win over East Jackson on Friday at Memorial Stadium.
Lakeview Academy notched four scores, a missed extra point and a safety and came away with a 29-28 win against Athens Academy on Friday in Gainesville.
Xavier Gantt powered the top-ranked Buford offense with a trio of touchdowns in a 51-12 victory over Monroe Area on Friday in Monroe.
Riverside Military Academy scored its second win of the season Friday, beating Oglethorpe County 21-0 in Lexington.
Rabun County pulled away late to defeat Union County 45-31 on Friday in Blairsville.
Prince Avenue Christian defeated Towns County 40-7 on Friday.
Habersham Central came close to its first win of 2014 on Friday but fell short against Centennial, losing 42-39 on Friday in Mount Airy.
Fannin County defeated Dawson County 36-28 on Friday in Dawsonville.
Cole Chancey's 130 yards on just three carries propelled Commerce to a 49-10 victory over Providence Christian Academy on Friday in Lilburn.
North Oconee defeated White County 31-6 on Friday in Cleveland.
Five different players scored for Banks County in a wild 49-46 win over Lumpkin County on Friday night in Dahlonega.