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.
On of the aspects of high school football that makes it unique is the year-to-year discovery of new talent.
White County spent years building toward last season. With one of the most talented senior classes in the school's history, the Warriors built a foundation strong enough to withstand a season marked by controversy and still come out with the program's best record in 20 years.
Last season, Lumpkin County took a step in the right direction. The 2010 Indians won six games, marking their first winning season since 2003, but a 38-0 loss to Monroe Area in the region playoff kept Lumpkin County out of the postseason and left the Indians wanting more.
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All games are not created equal.
It's a weekly occurrence on the football field.
Sometimes the ball bounces your way - and sometimes it doesn't.
Buford started its defense of the Class AA state championship in fine fashion with a season-opening 42-0 shutout of Blessed Trinity on Friday in Roswell.
Riverside Military football coach Chris Cotter streamlined Thursday's practice as much as possible.
Gainesville at Allatoona
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.
Gainesville at Harris County
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.