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.
East Hall at Banks County
ACWORTH - Gainesville was in it to the very end.
JEFFERSON - The Jefferson Dragons' run at a second state championship in three seasons ended Friday night at Jefferson Memorial Stadium.
BUFORD - Determination helped Joshua Thomas and Buford take control Friday night and punch the Wolves' ticket into the state semifinals for an eighth consecutive season.
COMMERCE - It wasn't a win for the highlight reel, but Commerce coach Michael Brown will take it.
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.
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.