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.
The Lakeview Academy football team lost at home to River Ridge on Friday night, 22-16.
OAKWOOD - The Battle of Oakwood delivered again.
The East Hall Vikings defeated the Union County Panthers on Friday night, 35-28.
Tommy Flowers is off to a rather impressive start as coach of White County High's football program.
The Chestatee High football team traveled to Toccoa to take on subregion opponent Stephens County on Friday night and came away with a tough 52-14 loss.
MOUNT AIRY - Flowery Branch's offense had one answer for every third-and-long situation, or any play that required a long pass really: Austin Brown to Logan Conley.
DAHLONEGA - The way Lumpkin County sealed a crucial 24-14 homecoming win over Franklin County made Indians coach Tommy Jones smile.
WATKINSVILLE - In his first five games of the year, Deshaun Watson let the game come to him and did what was necessary to win.
Buford extended its Region 6-AA regular-season winning streak to eight games on Friday night, beating subregion foe Clarkston 47-0 at Tom Riden Stadium.
Jessie Savage carried the ball 21 times for 126 yards and two touchdowns on Friday as Commerce beat Riverside Military Academy 32-21 Friday in Commerce.
The Jefferson defense came away with four interceptions and 481 yards on offense for a 34-7 win over Oglethorpe County on Friday at Jefferson Memorial Stadium.
Banks County rode 231 rushing yards to a 25-11 win over Dawson County on Friday in Dawsonville.
North Georgia Christian defeated Community Christian 14-8 on Friday.
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.