After defeating defending 8-AAAA champion Apalachee 52-35 at Falcon Field last Friday, Flowery Branch (3-0) made its debut in this week's AP Class AAAA top 10 poll, taking the Wildcats' former spot at No. 8.
Sometimes 4 yards can make all the difference.
OAKWOOD - The game plan was simple, and White County executed it to perfection.
OAKWOOD - On this night, the option was the pass. And Scott Chewning did it well. Chestatee High's senior quarterback threw for 214 yards and three touchdowns as the War Eagles rode big plays to their first victory of the season, 49-13 over Johnson at Billy Ellis Memorial Stadium.
BOGART - Prince Avenue Christian took advantage of four Lakeview Academy fumbles and a safety to defeat the Lions 35-6 in its home opener Friday.
GAINESVILLE - One week after losing on a last second field goal to No.3-ranked Wesleyan, Elbert County left no doubt to the outcome of Friday's game.
GAINESVILLE - Riverside Military Academy coach Chris Cotter looked at his roster Monday and realized he had a problem - he didn't have any running backs.
Towns County fell at Copper Basin, Tenn., on Friday night, 49-0.
North Oconee shut out Commerce 43-0 Friday night in Commerce.
Jesse Wright threw for the Panthers' lone touchdown on Friday as Hart County (1-1-1, 0-0 Region 8B-AA) beat Union County 33-7 in Blairsville.
FLOWERY BRANCH - In Flowery Branch's previous two games, the chemistry between Falcons quarterback Austin Brown and receiver Casey Osborne was off. Whether it was an overthrown pass or a dropped catch, the two couldn't quite get on the same page.
East Jackson rode a dominating rush defense to a 38-0 win over Banks County won Friday in Homer.
T.J. Holloman made his precision running of St. Pius X's triple-option offense seem rather elementary during a postgame interview.
After suffering its first loss in 23 regular season games last week at the hands of North Hall, Jefferson got back into the win column Friday night at Memorial Stadium in convincing fashion, defeating Dawson County 35-14.
Class AA's No. 2-ranked Buford football team had 217 yards rushing on Friday to defeat Westminster 32-10 in Buford.
WINDER - With the star-studded duo of TJ Skelton and Evan Shirreffs on the field for Jefferson, a productive and powerful offense was expected. What was not expected was how the Dragons used almost everybody but Skelton on their way to a 41-7 win over the Winder-Barrow Bulldoggs at W. Clair Harris Stadium in Winder.
COMMERCE - After last Friday's loss, East Jackson Eagles' head coach Gary Hughes said his team had to limit turnovers to stay in games.
Madison County scored 20 unanswered points in the second half to overcome Jackson County 27-21 on Friday in Jefferson.
After 11 straight seasons of futility in season openers, Forsyth Central finally started the schedule off on the right foot.
In typical Buford fashion, seven different names appeared on the scoring sheet during Friday night's 56-0 win over Berkmar at Tom Riden Stadium.
Riverside Military Academy's defense stole the show on Friday night in Roswell as J.J. McCalston, Tarik Holmes and Chris Howard combined to lead the Eagles to a 20-10 victory over Fellowship Christian.
West Hall coach Tony Lotti had his team vote last week to decide who would be the team's top 10 leaders in the locker room for the upcoming season.
A stifling defense and a freshman quarterback led Flowery Branch to a decisive victory against Chestatee on Friday night in the Hall County rivals' first matchup since 2009.
LOGANVILLE – Gainesville has two weeks to find some continuity on both sides of the ball before the region schedule begins. The season opener was far less than what coach Bruce Miller hoped for.
Rabun County held off Habersham Central 23-14 in the season-opener on Friday in Tiger.
Union County stormed past Towns County 57-14 win in the season opener on Friday in Hiawassee.
Commerce defeated Banks County 28-21 on Friday in the season opener for both teams in Commerce.
Pickens outlasted White County 42-34 in a wild offensive shootout Friday in Cleveland.
East Hall battled its way to a 20-13 win over Wesleyan in the season opener on Friday in Peachtree Corners.
Flowery Branch coach Chris Griffin remembers the beginnings of the Flowery Branch and Chestatee football programs, when the brand-new schools played each other in their first-ever game in 2002.