ATLANTA - Coming into Friday's game, it was the running backs, North Hall's Imani Cross and St. Pius' Geno Smith, who were supposed to steal the show.
CLEVELAND - White County notch its first victory of the season by beating West Hall 26-7 Friday night in Cleveland.
The young Chestatee War Eagles, who took their lumps last season, are growing up.
The center-quarterback exchange was a major part of Lakeview Academy's frustration and led directly to three turnovers Friday in Gainesville.
DAWSONVILLE - It all came together for Jefferson in the second quarter Friday. The Dragons (3-0) exploded for 35 points in the quarter en route to a 42-14 win against Dawson County (1-2) in Dawsonville.
Riverside Military Academy fell to 0-4 on the season after a 65-0 loss to Landmark Christian on Friday night.
Banks County improved to 3-0 on Friday with a 35-7 victory over East Jackson in Commerce.
North Oconee shut out Commerce 33-0 on Friday night in Bogart.
Fannin County defeated Jackson County 28-20 on Friday night in Jefferson.
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FLOWERY BRANCH - Last season, in its first as a member of Region 8-AAAA, Flowery Branch was good.
Clearly, Hall County's best team based upon two games against Class AAAA teams is Flowery Branch.
Riverside Military has struggled with coaching turnover in recent years, but never in the middle of the season until Tuesday when Chris Cotter resigned the position of football coach and athletic director, effective immediately.
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Coming off the program's first shutout defeat since 2004, the Gainesville Red Elephants were in need of a lift on Friday - for their offense and for their spirits.
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.
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Michael Byrd's joy can be found in watching his two sons playing football for Gainesville High on Fridays in the fall. Part of the excitement is watching his sons, Michael and Chris, following in his footsteps as standouts for the Red Elephants. The other part is just the paternal joy of watching the next generation do what they love.
Children sat around the stage. West Hall football players stood on stage, and the auditorium was full as Tony Lotti took the stage.
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.
Model beat Union County 50-36 in the Class AA state playoff opener Friday in Blairsville.
White County fell to Cartersville, the No. 1 from Region 7-AAAA, 54-0 Friday night in the first round of the Class AAAA state playoffs at Cartersville.