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.
Johnson at West Hall
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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Commerce routed Athens Christian 41-0 on Friday night at Commerce.
West Hall won its first game of the season Friday, and in the opening week of subregion play, it couldn't have come at a better time for the Spartans.
As quickly as Evan Shirreff's final high school football game began, it had ended with a performance worthy of any All-Star contest.
For some, old habits die hard.
ATLANTA - Buford was in unfamiliar territory, but the Wolves refused to stay there long.
ATLANTA - Quarterback Tobias Oliver scored on a 47-yard run with eight minutes remaining and Northside of Warner Robins won the Georgia High School Association Class AAAAA football championship with a 25-18 comeback victory over Mays on Friday night at the Georgia Dome.
ATLANTA - Calhoun scored on a 40-yard double-reverse pass from Baylon Spector to Carson Brown early in the fourth quarter and defeated Washington County, 27-20, to win the Georgia High School Association Class AAA state football title on Friday night at the Georgia Dome.
Buford seems so complete heading into Saturday's state title game.
ATLANTA - Warren Singletary scored on a pair of short touchdown runs and Hawkinsville defeated Irwin County, 15-6, for the Georgia High School Association Class A-Public state football title on Friday at the Georgia Dome.
Buford defensive linemen have been harassing opposing quarterbacks all season long. Now the hard-hitting, fast-talking unit is back on a familiar stage: the state championship game.
CARTERSVILLE - Momentum was moving fast in Cartersville's direction. Steven Reese changed that with one play.
Commerce at Irwin County
It's been two years since the Buford Wolves played at Weinman Stadium. But they haven't forgotten the standing-room-only crowd at Cartersville High and the atmosphere surrounding a 21-10 Buford win in the 2012 Class AAA semifinals.
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.