East Hall at Banks County
CLEVELAND - Ashely Lowery is a quick-thinking athlete on the football field.
OAKWOOD - As much as it might hurt to do, the Johnson High Knights should probably send a thank you to West Hall, their crosstown rivals.
The Gainesville High football team moved up one spot to No. 6 in Class AAA in the latest Associated Press Georgia Prep Football Poll, released Tuesday.
OAKWOOD - Last Friday night was senior night at Johnson High as the football team played host to Oconee County, but it was a sophomore that stepped into the spotlight and led the Knights to a 40-27 win.
The decision to play a nonregion schedule wasn't easy for Lakeview Academy football coach Matthew Gruhn, but after seven games, it seems to be the right move.
Austin Brown threw for 257 yards and four touchdowns to lead Class AAAA's sixth-ranked Falcons (8-0, 8-0 Region 8-AAAA) to a 42-21 road win Friday over Loganville.
North Hall rallied to defeat Franklin County 20-14 on Friday night in Carnesville.
Dawson County had a plan entering Friday night's game against East Hall: contain the area's leading rusher in the Vikings' Jamond Witt.
JEFFERSON - It had been 25 years since Jefferson and Jackson County faced off in football, but the Jefferson offense made sure that the third meeting between the two wouldn't be a memorable one.
OAKWOOD - Cedric Harris and Joey Brooks stole the show on Senior Night as Johnson High defeated Oconee County 40-27 on Friday night at Billy Ellis Memorial Stadium.
OAKWOOD - Despite six turnovers and nine penalties, Monroe Area showed resiliency, found a way to win and made a big stride toward clinching a playoff berth.
DAHLONEGA -- Stephens County rushed for 255 yards and got a 97-yard kickoff return from Cassadine Blassingame to post an impressive and critical 35-24 win over host Lumpkin County on Friday night.
Led by Jesse Wright's four rushing touchdowns, Union County beat Rabun County 38-14 on Friday night in Tiger.
Start with Devon Pierce, add some Markece Robertson, and just for fun, top it off with a little Ray-Ray Thomas. What does that equal? A rushing recipe for success.
The sign at the edge of Gainesville High School's football practice field reads, "Bruce Miller Field. A Field of Champions."
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.