It's nearly a month before the games used to determine playoff seeding get under way, but if Friday's results are any indication, scoreboard watching in Region 8-AA should be interesting until then.
The way Buford's football team approaches things offensively is to be as slow and methodical as possible. It has worked the past four seasons with the Class AA state title, and it worked again on Friday with a win to the tune of 49-0 against Gainesville in Buford.
The game was over before the East Hall offense ever touched the field.
East Jackson held on to a season-opening 28-27 win over White County on Friday night in Cleveland.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The Falcons kept their punter resting and scored on all but three of their drives as Flowery Branch sailed over Madison County 56-7 Friday night at Falcon Field in the regular season opener for both teams.
JEFFERSON - Jefferson coach T. McFerrin knew that the key to stopping rival Commerce began with containing Cody Streetman.
Dawson County opened its 2011 football season with a 56-35 win over Pickens on Friday night in Dawsonville.
Lakeview Academy entered the football season looking to keep the momentum created from a three-game winning streak to end the 2010 season.
DAHLONEGA - Lumpkin County did what good teams do against overmatched opponents in Friday's season opener.
OAKWOOD - Big plays beat big yardage Friday night in Oakwood. Jackson County High's football team used the former for a season-opening 20-12 victory over Johnson at Billy Ellis Memorial Stadium.
Ian Petkevich had 81 yards on the ground and a touchdown as Union County defeated Towns County 20-0 Friday in Blairsville.
West Hall at East Hall
Steve Savage didn't think he was any different.
Last Friday, Gainesville High coach Bruce Miller was right there in the bleachers in Roswell as the four-time defending Class AA state champion Buford (1-0), tonight's season opener for the Red Elephants in Buford, crushed Blessed Trinity in its season opener 42-0.
There are a few things you can count on every year in high school football - but only a few.
Commerce rolled past Towns County 58-0 on Friday to stay in the region playoff hunt.
BOGART - North Oconee knew what it was up against when Buford made the trip to Bogart.
West Hall's first region title in the 27-year program history is just within grasp, said junior running back Kwon Williams after a 49-0 shellacking of Fannin County Friday night.
East Hall quarterback Devin Watson rushed for four touchdowns, threw for another, and intercepted a pass from his defensive spot in the secondary during a 34-7 win against Franklin County on Friday in Gainesville.
Habersham Central fell at Johns Creek 42-14 on Friday in Alpharetta.
Greene County held off Riverside Military Academy 24-7 on Friday at Maginnis Field in Gainesville.
Athens Christian shut out Lakeview Academy 40-0 on Friday at Eagle Field in Athens.
Gainesville at Cedar Shoals
The three-year plan is working to fruition for West Hall football coach Tony Lotti and his confident, yet focused band of Spartans.
Banks County could have gotten frustrated after losing its first two Region 7-AAA games by a total of eight points.
Flowery Branch spoiled homecoming Friday for the Apalachee with a 52-28 victory.
East Hall quarterback Devin Watson said he slept for 14 hours Thursday night to stave off a migraine in order to play in Friday night's rivalry game against Johnson.
Gainesville got rid of a bitter taste in its mouth with a sharp performance Friday against Clarke Central when it needed it most.
Chestatee fell at home to Stephens County on Friday, losing 55-27 to Toccoa.
Fourth-ranked Jefferson rolled to a big 63-0 win over East Jackson on Friday at Memorial Stadium.