OAKWOOD - It was a promising start for Chestatee High; for West Hall, it was just more of the same.
East Hall showed poise, patience and resiliency Friday night, beating Johnson 41-17.
BUFORD - No. 1 Buford proved its dominance of Class AA, beating No. 2 Carver-Columbus 35-7 on Friday night at Tom Riden Stadium.
DAHLONEGA - Ian McIntosh had a little more wiggle, a little more shake and a lot more horsepower than anyone on the field.
Chestatee at West Hall
BUFORD - As deep as Buford's football program is, there's probably a player, if not two, who will get a crack at playing in the NFL in about five years. The Wolves (2-0) have 32 seniors, about a dozen of which will be playing college football next season.
T. McFerrin walked into the crowded cafeteria followed by the expectant eyes of the boys seated around the room.
I use a simple formula to rate the Hall County football teams early in the year and that is the ratio of points scored against points allowed.
Jefferson coach T. McFerrin believes in tailoring his offense to fit his team's talents. No wonder, then, that the Dragons have come out passing more in 2011.
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.
Gainesville football coach Bruce Miller has a justifiable frustration with the lack of interest from college programs in his senior quarterback, Mikey Gonzalez.
Before the wins, before the tears, and before he could fill the empty picture frame in his West Hall High fieldhouse, Tony Lotti looked down around the first ever football team at Union Grove High School and asked them a simple question.
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.