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.
Banks County came within one point of winning subregion 8A-AA, but was able to salvage second place. Dawson County started the season 1-6, but closed with two straight 8A-AA wins to grab third place in the subregion.
HOMER - After losing a game to Fannin County on Oct. 22, the Leopards of Banks County High went into last Friday's match up with East Hall with more than a chip on their shoulder.
With one Friday night remaining in the regular season, region championships and playoff berths are still up for grabs all over Northeast Georgia. Here's a look at this week's top games:
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.
Flowery Branch spoiled homecoming Friday for the Apalachee with a 52-28 victory.
East Hall quarterback Devin Watson said he slept for 14 hours Thursday night to stave off a migraine in order to play in Friday night's rivalry game against Johnson.
Gainesville got rid of a bitter taste in its mouth with a sharp performance Friday against Clarke Central when it needed it most.
Chestatee fell at home to Stephens County on Friday, losing 55-27 to Toccoa.
Fourth-ranked Jefferson rolled to a big 63-0 win over East Jackson on Friday at Memorial Stadium.
Lakeview Academy notched four scores, a missed extra point and a safety and came away with a 29-28 win against Athens Academy on Friday in Gainesville.
Xavier Gantt powered the top-ranked Buford offense with a trio of touchdowns in a 51-12 victory over Monroe Area on Friday in Monroe.
Riverside Military Academy scored its second win of the season Friday, beating Oglethorpe County 21-0 in Lexington.
Rabun County pulled away late to defeat Union County 45-31 on Friday in Blairsville.
Prince Avenue Christian defeated Towns County 40-7 on Friday.
Habersham Central came close to its first win of 2014 on Friday but fell short against Centennial, losing 42-39 on Friday in Mount Airy.
Fannin County defeated Dawson County 36-28 on Friday in Dawsonville.
Cole Chancey's 130 yards on just three carries propelled Commerce to a 49-10 victory over Providence Christian Academy on Friday in Lilburn.
North Oconee defeated White County 31-6 on Friday in Cleveland.
Five different players scored for Banks County in a wild 49-46 win over Lumpkin County on Friday night in Dahlonega.