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.
It was a night of explosive plays for the Riverside Military Academy Eagles, as they topped Social Circle 21-0 for their first victory of the season.
OAKWOOD - Gainesville High's offense doesn't like to waste time when it gets the ball. There's no reason to leave things to chance considering the number of weapons that Red Elephants sophomore quarterback Deshaun Watson has to throw to on the perimeter.
DAHLONEGA - The momentum was all on White County's side.
West Hall recorded its first win of the season, beating Walnut Grove 38-9 on Friday night in Loganville.
JEFFERSON - Penalities and turnovers plagued the subregion opener for Jefferson and North Oconee on Friday night, so it came down to who could capitalize.
No. 1-ranked Buford rolled to a 59-13 win over Decatur on Friday.
Leading 14-0 but backed up deep in its own territory late in the first quarter, North Hall made a big stop on fourth down inside the 10-yard line to take the ball away on downs from visiting Chestatee.
The game plan for East Hall on Friday night was simple: Keep the Rabun County offense off the field.
Towns County posted its first victory of the season Friday, beating North Cobb Christian 33-6 in Hiawassee.
Raider quarterback Kevin Ellison rushed 15 times for 236 yards and three touchdowns to lead Habersham Central to a 54-10 home win Friday night over Winder-Barrow.
Gainesville at Johnson
Gainesville at Johnson
It was a tale of two seasons over the first few weeks for Chestatee and North Hall.
In his fourth year of varsity football, East Hall senior running back Jamond Witt and the rest of the Vikings have the chance to win their first Homecoming game.
The top 10 teams in the Associated Press Georgia high school football polls with first-place votes in parentheses and won-loss record, total points and position last week at right:
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.