JEFFERSON--Some games test the character of a football team.
WINDER - With every passing week in the schedule, the Flowery Branch football team continues to prove just how good it really is.
Marvin Justice earned his first win as the Tigers' head coach Friday in Commerce as the Tigers beat Franklin County 10-7.
Adrian Wahsington carried the ball 18 times for 177 yards and three touchdowns to lead Cedar Shoals over Habersham Central 41-34 on Friday.
The Lakeview Academy football team fell to 0-2 on Friday night with a 13-3 loss to King's Ridge Christian.
Quarterback Tyler Hubbard had nine carries for 148 yards and three touchdowns to lead Banks County to a 41-0 victory over Riverside Military Academy on Friday night in Gainesville.
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.
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.