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.
Led by a defense that allowed only 77 total yards (50 rushing, 27 passing), Lakeview Academy defeated Georgia Military 31-0 Friday in Milledgeville.
Benji Harrison resigned as Jackson County High football coach on Tuesday following a three-year stint in which he led the program to its first state playoff berths in 20 years.
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.