CLEVELAND - When running back Imani Cross took his first carry of the game 27 yards down the field, it looked like it would be same stuff, different day for the North Hall offense.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Habersham Central senior Kevin Ellison entered Friday's game as one of the top quarterbacks in Region 8-AAAA.
All of a sudden, West Hall is right in the thick of a playoff race in Region 8-AAA.
"Everything went right."
Chaz Thornton ran for 244 yards and three touchdowns on just 10 carries, leading Stephens County to an impressive 28-0 subregion win over short-handed Chestatee on Friday at War Eagles Field.
East Hall picked up its second road victory of the season Friday night in Blairsville, beating Union County 33-3.
Franklin County defeated Lumpkin County 32-6 on Friday night in Carnesville.
River Ridge held on to defeat Lakeview Academy 28-21 on Friday in Woodstock.
On Friday night at Maginnis Field, two teams needed a win to keep pace in Region 8-A. For one team, a quick start quickly fizzled out as Commerce defeated the Riverside Military Academy Eagles 42-0.
Dragon coach T. McFerrin reached 300 wins as a head coach in Georgia on Friday night with a 48-13 win over Oglethorpe County in Lexington.
Banks County rallied to defeat Dawson County 19-14 on Friday night in Homer.
Ten players scored touchdowns for Buford in a 71-0 win over Clarkston on Thursday night in Atlanta.
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FLOWERY BRANCH - The top two offenses in Region 8-AAAA meet Friday night at Falcon Field, averaging 90 points per game combined between the two high-flying attacks.
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Benji Harrison resigned as Jackson County High football coach on Tuesday following a three-year stint in which he led the program to its first state playoff berths in 20 years.
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.