FLOWERY BRANCH -- After a few of his patented bone-shattering hits during the first two games this season, Flowery Branch linebacker Jacob Allen said he would briefly get that familiar feeling.
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T.J. Tate's second-quarter catch last Friday against Johnson was just the icing on the cake. After three rushing touchdowns in the opening quarter for North Hall, the 5-foot-8, 165-pound Tate was the intended target of a pass from quarterback Bradley Brown, when a Knights defender got a hand on the ball while it was in the air.
For as long as Bob Christmas has been the coach at North Hall, two things could be counted on from the Trojans: the wing-T and winning football. It's ironic then, that after the program's first losing season since Christmas' first year in 2001, that the Trojans have rediscovered their winning ways with a new offense.
BUFORD – Gainesville senior linebacker Michael Pittman went from one emotional extreme to the other Friday at Tom Riden Stadium.
OAKWOOD - Special teams and defense - tried and true ingredients to winning football. Chestatee proved the old adage right again Friday with a tough 42-21 victory over West Hall.
Riverside Military Academy coach Gary Downs had a different homecoming in mind before his Eagles took on Whitefield Academy on Friday night in Gainesville.
CLEVELAND - The White County Warriors posted their first 2-0 start since 2009 Friday with a convincing 34-7 win over Lumpkin County.
North Forsyth defeated Dawson County 35-28 on Friday in Dawsonville.
Lakeview Academy was able to find offense in different places to lead the team to a 42-0 victory over Hebron Christian Academy and the Lions' first 2-0 start to a season since the school began playing a varsity team.
Fellowship Christian slipped past Towns County 17-12 Friday in Roswell.
Union County defeated Fannin County 23-7 on Friday night in Blairsville.
Stephens County rolled past Habersham Central 44-8 on Friday night in Toccoa.
Banks County fell to Athens Christian 22-7 on Friday night in Athens.
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.
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.
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.