North Hall at Chestatee
Commerce defeated Jefferson for the first time in five meetings on Friday in Commerce, winning 22-7.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Flowery Branch coach Chris Griffin saw his team's potential in a tight first half against No. 2 Northside-Warner Robins.
In front of packed crowd at Jock Horner Field in Gainesville, the Lakeview Lions cruised to their first victory of the season 32-12 over the Fellowship Christian Palladians on Friday night.
Gainesville High football coach Bruce Miller has thought for a long time that the Red Elephants have one of the top stadiums in the state.
Gainesville's 2011 season could have hardly started with an uglier opening game - a 49-0 loss to Buford.
Marcus Dupree is widely considered one of the greatest high school football players who ever lived.
Georgia Prep Football Poll
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
Gainesville at Allatoona
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.