After four weeks of strong play on both sides of the ball, North Hall's winning streak came to a screeching halt on Friday night against Franklin County.
DAWSONVILLE - All Dawson County wanted this season was a chance to reach the state playoffs.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Flowery Branch found itself in a close game for the second straight week on Friday, leading only by seven at halftime.
The Lakeview Academy Lions notched a workmanlike win over Georgia Military College, winning 14-7 on the strength of disciplined play and a solid running game.
West Hall fell to Monroe Area 34-0 on Friday night in Monroe. The game was tied 0-0 at the half before the Spartans gave up 34 second-half points. The West Hall offense was led by Chandler Newton's five completions on 11 attempts for 48 yards and two interceptions. Zach English added 40 yards on four receptions for the Spartans' offense, which managed only 84 yards. West Hall (2-5, 2-1 Region 8-AAA) will play host to ...
BUFORD - If Buford continues to play defense like it did Friday against No. 3 Greater Atlanta Christian, then winning its fifth consecutive Class AA state title is just a formality.
JEFFERSON - Jefferson used its running game and had enough big plays to outlast Jackson County 31-14 Friday night in a Region 8-AA South rivalry game at Panther Stadium.
A dominating defensive effort produced White County's first shutout in two seasons, but wasn't enough to keep the Warriors' playoff hopes alive.
Union County edged Rabun County 10-7 on Friday night in Tiger. T. Bentley scored on the first play of the second quarter on a 3-yard run as the Panthers earned their first subregion win. Eric Hougrand hit a go-ahead 40-yard field goal a few minutes later in the second. Union County (2-6, 1-3 Region 8-AA North) will host Fannin County next Friday.
Stephens County defeated Lumpkin County 40-7 on Friday night in Toccoa. Lumpkin County scored on its first drive of the game off of a Logan Moye 30-yard pass to Kelvin Williams. After giving up a touchdown and two point conversion, Lumpkin drove the ball to the Stephens County 1-yard line before losing a fumble on their second possession. Lumpkin County (4-4, 1-3 Region 8-AAA North) will host Chestatee on next Friday.
Commerce fell to Prince Avenue Christian 35-14 on Friday night in Bogart. The 13 points were the most points scored on Prince Avenue this season. Commerce (3-5, 2-2 Region 8-A) will try again for program win No. 500 next week on the road at George Walton Academy.
Habersham Central lost to Heritage 45-42 in a wild shootout Friday night in Mount Airy. The Raiders were down 21 points with two minutes left in the third quarter and had rallied to within three points before Harrison Kulp missed a 24-yard field goal with six seconds left. Habersham Central's Kevin Ellison scored on a 57-yard touchdown run to get the attempted comeback started. The score was 42-28. Sydnee Mulligan would score with 8 minutes ...
Gainesville at Walnut Grove When: 7:30 tonight Where: Walnut Grove Community Stadium Radio: 1240-AM Coaches: Gainesville, Bruce Miller; Walnut Grove, O.J. Soto Records: Gainesville (6-1, 3-0 Region 8-AAA South), Walnut Grove (2-5, 1-2). Key players: Gainesville, QB Deshaun Watson (6-3, 185 So.), DB Eli Nwefo (5-9, 175 Sr.), WR Justin Cantrell (6-1, 175 Jr.). Walnut Grove, OL Jay Weldon (6-0, 225 Sr.), QB Jonah Guinn (6-0, 190 Sr.), RB Tyler Bennett (6-0, 185 Sr.). Outlook: ...
Each time a North Hall running back has had a big game this season, the credit has gone to the offensive line. "Without them, I'm nothing." That's fullback Caleb Faulkner after his 100-yard, three-touchdown performance in a win over White County. "My offensive line gave me great lanes to run through tonight. The success tonight is owed to them." That's halfback Imani Cross after his 280-yard, three-touchdown showing in a ...
BUFORD - Vadal Alexander says he has one the best jobs of all for No. 1 Buford. Alexander, a 340-pound senior offensive tackle, takes pleasure in getting to blow open running lanes and watch the Wolves' ball carriers go to work.
BUFORD - Jess Simpson doesn't care if his team breaks the state's all-time single-season scoring record of 682 points.
In a move to build a more competitive football program for the future, Johnson High's administration made its decision known Wednesday to continue playing a non-region football schedule for the next two years during the Region 8-AAAA meeting Wednesday in Oakwood.
BUFORD - When Buford walked off the field following the first half of last Friday's semifinal game against Callaway, the Wolves were trailing for the first time all season.
Fourteen Gainesville high football players and 10 Flowery Branch players earned 8-AAAAA All-Region honors, announced Monday.
Gainesville quarterback Deshaun Watson will undergo an MRI early this week to determine the severity of a knee injury he suffered in the closing minutes of Friday night's 20-14 loss to Tucker in the Class AAAAA state semifinals, Red Elephants coach Bruce Miller confirmed Sunday morning.
BUFORD - What a difference a half makes.
CLARKSTON – It shouldn't have ended this way.
CLARKSTON - Gainesville stood toe to toe with Tucker for most of the night in the Class AAAAA state semifinals on Friday at Hallford Stadium in Clarkston. What kept it close was the Red Elephants' remarkable defense for most of the night against the Tigers' vaunted running game.
Deshaun Watson couldn't help but smile.
Gainesville High quarterback Deshaun Watson was named the 2013-2014 Gatorade Georgia Football Player of the Year, according to an announcement made Thursday by The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with USA TODAY High School Sports.
BUFORD - Buford coach Jess Simpson might have the best backup quarterback in Georgia.
This is the most fun time of year to play high school football for those still in the running.
Just like last season, Gainesville's football team will have to find a way to win in enemy territory in order to reach the Class AAAAA state championship game in The Georgia Dome. Buford, meanwhile, can punch its ticket to the Class AAA title contest in the friendly confines of Tom Riden Stadium.
Not even a tender left shoulder on quarterback Deshaun Watson or a potent Mundy's Mill running game could keep Gainesville from earning a win in the state quarterfinals on Friday at City Park Stadium.
The Gainesville Red Elephants are starting to become very comfortable at playing football when the weather turns cold.