It was tough for Jefferson coach T. McFerrin to go back to Elbert County, a place where he coached for seven years and won the state title in 1995.
MONROE - With sole possession of first place in the subregion on the line, the No. 8 Gainesville Red Elephants pulled out every play in the book to secure a win.
Walnut Grove earned its first win of the season Friday night in Monroe, beating Johnson 42-35.
Banks County beat Rabun County 40-13 on Friday in Tiger to take sole possession of the Region 8A-AA lead.
After a scoreless first half, the offenses exploded for seven scores combined on Friday as Commerce fell to Athens Academy 28-21 in Athens.
Three-time defending state champion Buford rode a 35-point halftime lead to a 48-2 victory over Avondale on Friday at Tom Riden Stadium in Buford.
Chestatee fell to Franklin County 41-14 on Friday night at War Eagle Stadium.
Lakeview Academy, Led by Nick Drury's five touchdowns, defeated North Cobb Christian 49-21 Friday in Kennessaw.
Heritage at Flowery Branch
After Monroe Area's 48-6 win over Walnut Grove last week, Purple Hurricanes coach Matt Fligg looked at his team and told them that "they were fixing to play the biggest game of their lives."
CLEVELAND - It seems that wherever White County plays this season, it captures the attention of all the fans in Region 8-AAA.
Rarely in high school football do you see a player play varsity for all four years.
The Flowery Branch High football program continues its rise up the polls and comes in at No. 6 again this week in Class AAAA. The Falcons (6-0) defeated Habersham Central last week.
Flowery Branch entered the 2010 football season with a lot to prove to itself and its new competition.
Yet another big week of games looms for the 8-AAA North subregion on Friday; such is life when all six teams in the division have a realistic shot at playing for a postseason berth.
As quickly as Evan Shirreff's final high school football game began, it had ended with a performance worthy of any All-Star contest.
For some, old habits die hard.
ATLANTA - Buford was in unfamiliar territory, but the Wolves refused to stay there long.
ATLANTA - Quarterback Tobias Oliver scored on a 47-yard run with eight minutes remaining and Northside of Warner Robins won the Georgia High School Association Class AAAAA football championship with a 25-18 comeback victory over Mays on Friday night at the Georgia Dome.
ATLANTA - Calhoun scored on a 40-yard double-reverse pass from Baylon Spector to Carson Brown early in the fourth quarter and defeated Washington County, 27-20, to win the Georgia High School Association Class AAA state football title on Friday night at the Georgia Dome.
Buford seems so complete heading into Saturday's state title game.
ATLANTA - Warren Singletary scored on a pair of short touchdown runs and Hawkinsville defeated Irwin County, 15-6, for the Georgia High School Association Class A-Public state football title on Friday at the Georgia Dome.
Buford defensive linemen have been harassing opposing quarterbacks all season long. Now the hard-hitting, fast-talking unit is back on a familiar stage: the state championship game.
CARTERSVILLE - Momentum was moving fast in Cartersville's direction. Steven Reese changed that with one play.
Commerce at Irwin County
It's been two years since the Buford Wolves played at Weinman Stadium. But they haven't forgotten the standing-room-only crowd at Cartersville High and the atmosphere surrounding a 21-10 Buford win in the 2012 Class AAA semifinals.
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.