On a cold and rainy night, the elements didn't hold down an explosive Flowery Branch offense and a swarming defense.
In a game it needed to win to have a shot at a region championship, North Hall missed early opportunities and fell at home to Stephens County, 39-14, on Friday.
When Gainesville High freshman Michael Byrd got plugged into the starting lineup for Friday's game against West Hall, he knew he didn't want to squander a chance to catch the coaches eyes.
East Hall didn't want to be Union County cheerleaders.
Dawson County defeated Rabun County 41-7 on Friday night in Tiger.
On a rainy Friday night at Billy Ellis Memorial Stadium, running and turnovers turned out to be the keys of the game as Monroe Area defeated Johnson 21-0.
George Walton Academy defeated Commerce 24-14 on Friday night in Monroe.
Union County defeated Fannin County 30-15 on Friday in Blairsville.
Habersham Central held off Loganville 47-45 in a wild shootout Friday night in Loganville.
Salem at Flowery Branch
Things were going great for North Hall.
The Top Ten teams in the Associated Press Georgia high school football polls of the 2011 season with first-place votes in parentheses and won-loss record, total points and position last week at right:
If a team loses nearly half of its roster to graduation, including the starting quarterback, leading rusher and leading tackler, a down year could be expected.
First and foremost, Flowery Branch senior quarterback Kanler Coker says his job is to move the chains when he gets under center.
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