Georgia Prep Football Poll
Gainesville sophomore quarterback Deshaun Watson put on a show in the Red Elephants' 55-15 thrashing of rival North Hall on Friday.
Though only weeks into the high school football season, there is already a significant divide between two 8-AAA North teams.
White County held Oconee to (-7) yards rushing and outgained Oconee by more than 220 yards of total offense, but were unable to overcome three turnovers in the red zone, losing 27-24 Friday in Cleveland.
Top-ranked Buford rolled to its fifth straight victory of the season, beating Therrell 49-0 on Friday night at Tom Riden Stadium.
With one long 85-yard pass play from Gainesville quarterback Deshaun Watson to receiver Tray Harrison on Friday, it took all the momentum away from North Hall after its touchdown three plays earlier in the first half at City Park.
One quarterback walked off the field with a big grin; the other in tears.
The Falcons won with offense, they won with special teams, and more than anything else, they won with defense.
Class AA's top-ranked Buford High continued their dominance in a full team effort as seven different Buford players scored touchdowns with a 49-0 win against Therrell in Buford on Friday.
East Hall lost on the road to Adairsville 25-9 on Friday night.
JEFFERSON - Jefferson High quarterback Bryant Shirreffs threw for 302 yards and four touchdowns in a 57-29 win against Hart County on Friday at Memorial Stadium.
Stephens County already knew it had the athletes, but Friday night proved it could give them the space they needed to make explosive plays.
Commerce was held to 80 yards rushing and 72 yards passing while giving up 333 yards to Washington-Wilkes Friday in a 33-0 loss Friday in Commerce.
Athens Christian defeated Banks County 27-21 on Friday night in Athens.
Clarke Central defeated Habersham Central 34-20 on Friday night in Athens.
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.
Model beat Union County 50-36 in the Class AA state playoff opener Friday in Blairsville.