DAHLONEGA - Lumpkin County's playoff dream quickly turned into a nightmare on a cold, wet Friday night.
The Commerce High football team used a strong running game to defeat Social Circle 49-21 on Friday night at Redskins Stadium in Stephens Park.
FLOWERY BRANCH - For the first time this season, Flowery Branch's high octane offense was met with a defense that was too much to overcome.
T. Bently threw three touchdowns Friday night to lead Union County to a 34-6 victory over East Jackson.
Despite being outgained by just 55 yards, the Banks County football team lost 34-13 to Hart County on Friday night at Pete Herndon Stadium in Hartwell.
BUFORD -- That's one title down, one to go for the Buford High football team.
CLEVELAND - Winning region titles never gets old for Gainesville's football program.
TOCCOA - Mark Palmer never took a single snap last year during his junior season at Stephens County.
The way Flowery Branch's schedule lended itself, its toughest test is the last game of the regular season - a showdown with No. 1-ranked Clarke Central for the Region 8-AAAA championship.
Tim Rucker isn't trying to dramatize the meaning of tonight's Region 8-AAA championship game in Cleveland against White County.
Westminster at Buford
When the Lumpkin County football team puts on the pads to face off with Monroe Area at 7:30 p.m. Friday at J.P. King Memorial Stadium in Dahlonega, there will be more on the line than a spot in the state playoffs.
OAKWOOD - When the coaches from Region 8-AAA were deciding how to figure out this year's playoff teams, Johnson High coach Paul Friel was one of the biggest proponents of a play-in game.
On Friday, Buford will seek its ninth region title in 10 years when it plays host to Westminster at 7:30 p.m. at Tom Riden Stadium.
Flowery Branch High remains No. 6 in Class AAAA in the latest Associated Press Football Poll, released Tuesday.
On a handful of occasions Friday, Devin Watson made plays that were sheer athletic brilliance for East Hall.
Flowery Branch defeated Loganville 29-14 on Friday at Falcon Field.
West Hall's first region title in the program's 27-year history is just within grasp, junior running back Kwon Williams said after a 49-0 shellacking of Fannin County Friday night.
Gainesville rolled to its sixth win of the season Friday, beating Cedar Shoals 61-26 in Athens.
Chris Dennis came through for North Hall with a last-chance field goal to lift his team to victory in a 38-35 win against Monroe Area on Friday in Gainesville.
CLEVELAND - The Chestatee War Eagles couldn't have scripted a better start, but the White County Warriors used an opportunistic defense and a pair of quick strikes on offense to secure a decisive comeback victory Friday.
Commerce rolled past Towns County 58-0 on Friday to stay in the region playoff hunt.
HOMER - Banks County jumped out to a 12-0 lead early only to see Dawson County take 21-12 a lead at halftime Friday night. But the Leopards rediscovered their early success and did not allow the Tigers to score in the second half while rallying for a 27-21 victory.
BOGART - North Oconee knew what it was up against when Buford made the trip to Bogart.
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.
Jackson County bested county rival East Jackson 35-15 on Friday in Commerce.
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.