While most area schools have at least one more game to play, Lakeview Academy - a fifth-year program playing a non-region schedule - concluded its season Friday with a 23-12 win over Towns County.
On Senior Night, the Lakeview Academy Lions put the finishing touches on the best season yet in the program's three-year history.
Cole Segraves went 16-of-23 passing for 130 yards and a touchdown to lead White County to a 21-13 win over Franklin County on Friday at Ed Bryant Stadium in Carnesville.
The Johnson High football team committed 16 penalties Friday night on the way to being shutout by Monroe Area 41-0 at Hurricanes Stadium in Monroe.
CONYERS - The Flowery Branch Falcons won their ninth straight game Friday night, beating Salem 40-14.
HOMER - Dylan Lackey made sure Banks County didn't head into the Region 8-AA play-in game with back-to-back losses.
TOCCOA - North Hall's 43-37 loss to Stephens County on Friday at The Reservation was tough to swallow.
On Senior Night, at Maginnis Field on Friday night, it was visiting Athens Academy that had reason for celebration.
Lumpkin County is one win away from returning to the state playoffs for the first time since 2003.
They didn't play much, but Gainesville coach Bruce Miller saw what he wanted to see out of his starters.
Jackson County was shut out for the second time this season Friday, losing 49-0 to Hart County at Panther Stadium in Jefferson.
Garrett Smith had two touchdowns and Jesse Wright had one touchdown for Union County in a 40-24 loss to Fannin County on Friday at Rebel Stadium in Blue Ridge.
Dawson County secured the No. 3 seed from Region 8A-AA with a 35-24 win over Rabun County on Friday at Tiger Stadium in Dawsonville.
George Walton scored seven points in the second quarter and 14 in the third on the way to a 21-0 shutout of Commerce on Friday night at Tiger Stadium.
Regardless of what happens tonight when Flowery Branch travels to Conyers to play Salem (4-5, 4-5 Region 8-AAAA), the Falcons (8-0, 8-0) have already clinched a playoff spot and will be playing Clarke Central (8-0, 8-0) for the region championship on Nov. 5 at Falcon Field.
BETHLEHEM - Gainesville coach Bruce Miller hit a big milestone Friday night.
BUFORD - Buford opened Region 8-AAAA play with a 42-10 victory over White County at home on Friday night.
CARROLLTON - It took a little longer than he anticipated, but Ed Dudley has registered victory No. 1 as the head coach of the Carrollton High School football team.
With Devin Watson in shorts on the sideline Friday night, East Hall didn't have the firepower to keep up with Jackson County.
Flowery Branch made a number of costly mistakes Friday against Heritage.
Lumpkin County lost a tight contest on the road to Our Lady of Mercy on Friday, 42-35 in Fayetteville.
Commerce used late heroics to pull out a 27-20 victory over Athens Academy on Friday at Ray Lamb Stadium.
After an 0-10 season in 2013, Banks County is finally getting used to being back in the win column.
Johnson lost its fifth game in as many outings this season, falling to unbeaten Pickens 49-6 on Friday night in Oakwood.
Running backs Brandon Grant and Chris Howard combined for 102 yards off of nine carries, but their efforts couldn't stop a 24-3 Rabun County victory over Riverside Academy Friday night.
Gainesville at Apalachee
Momentum is a precious commodity in high school football.
Before fourth-down plays, Isaiah Rowe drops into his stance and visualizes himself blocking punts with a blend of technique, speed, hustle and strength.
Gainesville's senior quarterback Mikey Gonzalez was electric all night in Friday's 46-6 win against Winder-Barrow - before and after a 70-minute weather delay due to lightning around City Park Stadium in Gainesville.
SUGAR HILL - The Flowery Branch Falcons couldn't build on an early lead Friday night and the Lanier Longhorns wore them down and pulled away late to win 27-12.