DAHLONEGA - Ian McIntosh can wear a lot of hats for the Lumpkin County High football team. On offense, defense and special teams, McIntosh, a junior, is a weapon wherever he may be on the field in positions designed for players with breakaway speed such as himself.
COMMERCE - The 65th edition of the River War between Commerce and Jefferson came down to one final play - and it was Zach Allen who saved the day for Jefferson.
A 20-point deficit at halftime was too much for Dawson County to overcome as the Tigers lost to Pickens 27-14 on Friday in Jasper.
Steven Edsall caught the first score of the night for Union County and followed with a kickoff return for touchdown to lead the Panthers over Towns County 40-7 Friday in Hiawassee.
Dylan Lackey had 157 yards rushing and three touchdowns on Friday as visiting Banks County defeated Social Circle 40-14.
Ashley Lowery punched in a 4-yard touchdown run in the final two mintues of the game to give White County the 21-14 victory Friday over East Jackson in Commerce.
As good as Buford has been in the past, even Jess Simpson was surprised at how well his team began the 2010 season.
The Lions compiled 252 rushing yards as a team on Friday to defeat Fellowship Christian 29-0 in the teams' season opener in Roswell.
East Hall at West Hall
Every high school football season comes with surprises. The team that won one game last season could now be a playoff contender. On the other end, a team that was in the fight for a state title could be left scrapping just to make the postseason.
In a normal circumstance, North Hall High's Bob Christmas and Gainesville High's Bruce Miller would see each other from across the football field on the sidelines, where the two coaches would be competing against each other.
After a few teams around the state opened their seasons on Friday, their was little change in the Associated Press Georgia High School football polls.
The mark of a good high school football program is one that consistently wins year-in and year-out. It challenges for subregion and region titles, flirts with undefeated seasons and sometimes finds itself on the verge of winning a state title. It does all this despite the fact the rosters change yearly, and superstars can be gone before you know it.
From crosstown rivals to possible playoff previews, these games highlight the 2010 high school football schedule.
Even if Devon Pierce resorted to revisionist history in his head, it wouldn't take away the pain of being sidelined while his Gainesville High teammates ran all the way to the Class AAA state title game last season.
SUGAR HILL - Chestatee coach Stan Luttrell has told his players all season long to give "four quarters and then some."
CLEVELAND - White County just proved it can play with the big boys in Region 7-AAA.
CONYERS - Flowery Branch shutout Heritage 33-0 on Friday night.
Josh Thomas scored three times and tallied 119 yards on the ground to lead Buford to a 42-10 win over Dawson County on Friday in Dawsonville.
Riverside Military Academy's Collin Pettell finished 10 for 10 passing for 338 yards and five touchdowns in a 56-14 win over Social Circle on Friday in Gainesville.
Less than two years into the Tony Lotti era at West Hall, it's safe to say the Spartans are running ahead of schedule.
ATHENS - Even with a slow start on offense, Friday night's game proved that once the Gainesville offense starts rolling, it is hard to stop.
Union County blanked Greene Coutny 42-0 on Friday in Blairsville.
Commerce defeated Athens Academy 28-7 on Friday in Athens.
Habersham Central fell to 0-8 with a 41-0 loss to undefeated North Gwinnett on Friday in Mount Airy.
The Eastside Eagles won their annual homecoming contest Friday night at Sharp Stadium defeating Lumpkin County 28-12.
Fannin County squeaked past Banks County 6-0 on Friday in Homer.
Jackson County fell 54-14 to undefeated Hart County on Friday in Jefferson.
Jefferson blanked Oglethorpe County 41-0 on Friday in Lexington.
St. Francis defeated Lakeview Academy 14-7 on Friday night at Jock Hornor Field in Gainesville.