If a team loses nearly half of its roster to graduation, including the starting quarterback, leading rusher and leading tackler, a down year could be expected.
First and foremost, Flowery Branch senior quarterback Kanler Coker says his job is to move the chains when he gets under center.
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For teams in subdivided regions, including all local teams other than those in Region 8-A and 8-AAAA, this is, for all intents and purposes, the final week of the regular season.
Gainesville recorded its second shutout of the season on the way to a 48-0 rout of Walnut Grove on Friday in Walnut Grove.
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.
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.
Stephens County defeated Lumpkin County 40-7 on Friday night in Toccoa.
SUGAR HILL - Chestatee coach Stan Luttrell has told his players all season long to give "four quarters and then some."
CLEVELAND - White County just proved it can play with the big boys in Region 7-AAA.
CONYERS - Flowery Branch shutout Heritage 33-0 on Friday night.
Josh Thomas scored three times and tallied 119 yards on the ground to lead Buford to a 42-10 win over Dawson County on Friday in Dawsonville.
Riverside Military Academy's Collin Pettell finished 10 for 10 passing for 338 yards and five touchdowns in a 56-14 win over Social Circle on Friday in Gainesville.
Less than two years into the Tony Lotti era at West Hall, it's safe to say the Spartans are running ahead of schedule.
ATHENS - Even with a slow start on offense, Friday night's game proved that once the Gainesville offense starts rolling, it is hard to stop.
Union County blanked Greene Coutny 42-0 on Friday in Blairsville.
Commerce defeated Athens Academy 28-7 on Friday in Athens.
Habersham Central fell to 0-8 with a 41-0 loss to undefeated North Gwinnett on Friday in Mount Airy.
The Eastside Eagles won their annual homecoming contest Friday night at Sharp Stadium defeating Lumpkin County 28-12.
Fannin County squeaked past Banks County 6-0 on Friday in Homer.
Jackson County fell 54-14 to undefeated Hart County on Friday in Jefferson.
Jefferson blanked Oglethorpe County 41-0 on Friday in Lexington.
St. Francis defeated Lakeview Academy 14-7 on Friday night at Jock Hornor Field in Gainesville.