All the talk during the week about the North Hall and Gainesville game being an even matchup couldn't have been more spot on.
Lumpkin County came out on the wrong end of a defensive struggle with Monroe Area on Friday in Dahlonega, losing 10-3.
Scoring and turnovers were the name of the game Friday at East Hall Stadium.
DAWSONVILLE - Chestatee's defense returned four of its five interceptions for touchdowns in a 55-7 rout of host Dawson County on Friday at Tiger Stadium.
The West Hall football team lost in Toccoa to Stephens County 45-17 on Friday night.
COMMERCE - Brion Youngs made sure the first-ever meeting between East Jackson and Jackson County wasn't a close one.
WATKINSVILLE - With touchdowns to end the first half and start the second, White County was able to quiet a homecoming crowd at Warrior Stadium to beat Oconee County 28-14 on Friday.
Alex Ross threw for 199 yards and three touchdowns on Friday night to lead No. 2 Buford to a 33-6 win over Therrell at Tom Riden Stadium.
North Carolina teams proved to be inhospitable hosts to two Northeast Georgia football teams Friday night.
Kevin Ellison had both touchdowns for Habersham Central in a 38-14 Region-8AAAA loss to Clarke Central on Friday in Mount Airy.
Cody Streetman had five touchdowns and 165 yards rushing on 31 carries Friday to lead Commerce to a 41-34 win over Washington-Wilkes in Washington.
Dylan Lackey ran for 123 yards and three touchdowns to lead Banks County to a 28-20 win Friday over Athens Christian.
Flowery Branch at Cedar Shoals
For as long as the series between Gainesville and North Hall has been in existence, the week leading up to the game has been filled with hype, pranks and good, old-fashioned trash talk.
The football schedule just got heavier for Region 8-AA.
HOMER - West Hall coach Tony Lotti got a muted response when he told his team to get excited for next week's decisive region battle against Lumpkin County.
When Gainesville needed a lift late in Friday's contest against Loganville, hard-hitting defensive back Toddrick Turner was more than happy to oblige.
Lakeview Academy fell to Prince Avenue Christian 49-10 on Friday at Jock Hornor Field in Gainesville.
The Knights came just short of a win on Friday in Oakwood, falling to Franklin County 14-13 at Billy Ellis Stadium.
No. 4 Jefferson stayed unbeaten with a 28-16 victory over Oconee County on Friday in Jefferson.
Habersham Central ended a 21-game losing streak over three seasons by beating North Forsyth 42-7 on on Friday in Mount Airy.
White County closed in on a playoff spot in Region 8-AAAA with a 51-22 win on Friday in Monroe.
Union County rolled up a 42-27 win over Riverside Military Academy in an offensive shootout Friday at Maginnis Field in Gainesville.
Flowery Branch rallied for the winning touchdown with less than a minute to play to upset Salem 7-6 on Friday night and stay alive in the Region 8-AAAAA playoff hunt.
After dropping its first seven games this season, the North Hall football team has a winning streak and bragging rights.
Top-ranked Buford continued its run of one-side victories, shutting out Madison County 44-0 on Friday at Tom Riden Stadium.
Lumpkin County set up a showdown against West Hall for the Region 7-AAA title by beating Dawson Couty 42-19 on Friday in Dahlonega.
A North Georgia snowstorm wasn't enough to stop East Hall from trudging past Fannin County, 38-20 on Friday in Blue Ridge.
Commerce improved to 6-1 in region play with a 42-0 win over George Walton on Friday in Monroe.
Towns County ended its season with 20-3 win over Providence Christian on Friday in Lilburn.