MONROE - All the talk leading into the season about Monroe Area's football program being a probable contender in Region 8-AAA looks to have been right on the money.
An old rivalry renewed quickly became a one-sided affair.
With 488 yards rushing, the Class AA's No. 2-ranked Buford avenged their only loss a from a year ago Friday, beating Lovett 37-14 at Memorial Stadium in Atlanta.
Gainesville High now has its own version of wardrobe malfunctions, and although it didn't appear to be the case at the time, those mishaps were the difference in a 28-7 win over Franklin County on Friday at City Park.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Austin Brown continues to become more comfortable in Flowery Branch's offense.
With all of their points coming in the first half, the North Hall Trojans defeated Walnut Grove 40-0 on Friday at Warrior Stadium in Loganville.
Offensive execution was emphasized all week at Lumpkin County.
Jackson County traveled to Elbert County on Friday night and came away on the wrong end of a 56-8 loss.
After four games in a new classification and region, Flowery Branch finds itself 4-0 in 8-AAAA and ranked No. 7 in the state, despite significant turnover from last year's Class AAA state semifinalist team. It was unclear how the Falcons would fare in 2010, and as a result, they had to earn their spot in the top 10 by overwhelming voters after starting the season outside the rankings.
North Hall at Walnut Grove
BUFORD - At Buford High, being perfect in the regular season isn't a requirement to make it to the ultimate destination of a matchup in the Georgia Dome for the state title game.
Flowery Branch inched up one more spot to No. 7 in Class AAAA in this week's Georgia Prep Football Poll, conducted by The Associated Press.
Going into Friday's game with Washington-Wilkes, the Commerce High football team found itself in an unusual position. The Tigers were 0-3 and on the verge of starting 0-4 for the first time in school history.
Though Jackson County came out of its Region 8B-AA game against new cross-county rival East Jackson with a 29-14 loss, the Panthers may have found their quarterback in the process.
ATHENS - Flowery Branch may have another A in its GHSA classification, but not without more W's.
Gainesville vs. Loganville
Chestatee coach Bill Forman hasn't had to break out any motivational speeches or bribery tactics to make sure his team is ready to play Friday. This is the week the War Eagles get a crack at its greatest foe, North Hall.
The Top Ten teams in the Associated Press Georgia high school football polls of the 2014 season with first-place votes in parentheses and won-loss record, total points and position last week at right:
When North Hall quarterback Drew Atha missed the first three games of this season, he asked coach David Bishop if he could dress out while watching the games from the sideline.
On a handful of occasions Friday, Devin Watson made plays that were sheer athletic brilliance for East Hall.
Flowery Branch defeated Loganville 29-14 on Friday at Falcon Field.
West Hall's first region title in the program's 27-year history is just within grasp, junior running back Kwon Williams said after a 49-0 shellacking of Fannin County Friday night.
Gainesville rolled to its sixth win of the season Friday, beating Cedar Shoals 61-26 in Athens.
Chris Dennis came through for North Hall with a last-chance field goal to lift his team to victory in a 38-35 win against Monroe Area on Friday in Gainesville.
CLEVELAND - The Chestatee War Eagles couldn't have scripted a better start, but the White County Warriors used an opportunistic defense and a pair of quick strikes on offense to secure a decisive comeback victory Friday.
Commerce rolled past Towns County 58-0 on Friday to stay in the region playoff hunt.
HOMER - Banks County jumped out to a 12-0 lead early only to see Dawson County take 21-12 a lead at halftime Friday night. But the Leopards rediscovered their early success and did not allow the Tigers to score in the second half while rallying for a 27-21 victory.
BOGART - North Oconee knew what it was up against when Buford made the trip to Bogart.
Habersham Central fell at Johns Creek 42-14 on Friday in Alpharetta.
Greene County held off Riverside Military Academy 24-7 on Friday at Maginnis Field in Gainesville.