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.
Led by a defense that allowed only 77 total yards (50 rushing, 27 passing), Lakeview Academy defeated Georgia Military 31-0 Friday in Milledgeville.
Led by Cody Streetman's three touchdowns, Commerce beat Prince Avenue Academy 35-20 Friday at home.
Fannin County defeated Banks County 13-12 on Friday night in Blue Ridge.
Heritage kicked a field goal in overtime to beat Habersham Central 13-10 Friday night in Conyers.
North Georgia Christian Academy completed its season with a 47-24 win Friday night over Twiggs Academy.
CLEVELAND - White County High's football team has a date for the Region 8-AAA title game.
The Buford Wolves guaranteed themselves a spot in the Region 6-AA championship game by defeating Greater Atlanta Christian 39-7 on Friday in Lilburn.
Chestatee at White County
BUFORD - For Evyn Cooper, it was all about being the next man up.
HAMILTON – Mikey Gonzalez has carved out his own legacy for Gainesville. His year as the Red Elephants' signal-caller will be remembered for winning huge games with clutch performances.
JEFFERSON - The No. 1-seed Jefferson Dragons put together another dominant performance in the Class AAA state playoffs Friday night at Memorial Stadium, ousting the No. 3-seeded Dodge County Indians, 27-7.
COMMERCE - Once Will Thomas found running room, there was no stopping him.
Gainesville at Harris County
Michael Byrd's joy can be found in watching his two sons playing football for Gainesville High on Fridays in the fall. Part of the excitement is watching his sons, Michael and Chris, following in his footsteps as standouts for the Red Elephants. The other part is just the paternal joy of watching the next generation do what they love.
Children sat around the stage. West Hall football players stood on stage, and the auditorium was full as Tony Lotti took the stage.
Tapped out of energy from a three-hour slugfest and numb from freezing temperatures most of the night, Gainesville's players were still able to celebrate following Friday's playoff opener against Creekview.
Elbert County bested Lumpkin County 28-18 in the first round of the Class AAA playoffs on Friday night in Dahlonega.
BUFORD - Sixteen different players carried the ball as top-ranked Buford racked up 423 rushing yards on 36 carries to defeat Southeast Whitfield 63-0 in the opening round of the Class AAAA playoffs on Friday at Tom Riden Stadium.
HARTWELL - Bryan Gray looked over his team of quiet, disappointed East Hall Vikings and gave them a simple message following their 42-14 loss at Hart County.
The running of Kwon Williams and Tyquan Statham was a perfect analogy for the West Hall football team's mentality on Friday night. Quite simply, the Spartans refused to go down without a fight.
JEFFERSON - With freezing temperatures, it took a little time for the Jefferson Dragons' offense to warm up offensively during its Class AAA state playoff opener against the Franklin County Lions.
Model beat Union County 50-36 in the Class AA state playoff opener Friday in Blairsville.
White County fell to Cartersville, the No. 1 from Region 7-AAAA, 54-0 Friday night in the first round of the Class AAAA state playoffs at Cartersville.