In this week's high school football poll by the Associated Press released on Tuesday, North Hall (1-0) is ranked No. 7 in Class AAA.
Earning a black jersey in practice for West Hall's defensive players is a huge accomplishment.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Last season Flowery Branch was well known for its high-powered offense, always able to take on opponents in a shootout.
Tyler Harney rushed for 124 yards and two touchdowns to lead North Georgia Christian to a 43-22 win over Ballard Christian in Alabama.
Franklin County defeated Commerce 31-28 on Friday in Carnesville.
Cherokee, N.C., defeated Towns County 39-20 on Friday night in Hiawassee.
Gilmer took a 21-0 lead into the locker room at halftime and defeated Dawson County 35-0 Friday in Dawsonville.
With two defensive touchdowns in the first quarter, Lumpkin County High took an early lead over Union County and cruised to victory in Blairsville, 37-14.
In an ugly game in which East Hall and Johnson combined for 12 fumbles - six lost - it was the dazzling play of Vikings running back and return specialist Jamond Witt that made everything pretty for his team in the end as the Vikings hung on for a 28-21 win Friday night a East Hall Stadium.
North Hall's football program has a quarterback who can throw, receivers who can get open to catch it, and Trojans coach Bob Christmas isn't afraid to let them loose.
What started out as a bad night for Brandon Fuqua ended fantastic.
CLEVELAND - There's something about White County that brings the tricks out of Gainesville.
Banks County defeated Riverside Military Academy 18-3 on Friday at Maginnis Field in Gainesville.
JEFFERSON - Jackson County senior fullback Austin McDonald, who became the hero last week with the game-winning touchdown in a weather-shortened contest, came through again Friday for the Panthers, helping them to a 21-3 win over Walnut Grove at Panther Stadium.
COLUMBUS - No. 2 Carver's Isaiah Crowell rushed for 190 yards and a touchdown and the Carver defense cracked down on No. 1 Buford on Friday as the new kid in Class AA knocked off its reigning king with a 14-0 victory at A.J. McClung Memorial Stadium.
Week 0 gave area football fans a taste of what is to come this season, highlighted by a nationally-televised defensive battle between No. 1 Buford and Trinity Christian Academy of Jacksonville, Fla.
BUFORD - Top-ranked Buford didn't waste any time Saturday night.
Jess Simpson knew that if he was going to schedule a season opener worthy of his zealous fan base, he better schedule the best team he could.
JEFFERSON – Jefferson's season started off about as flawless as any team could hope for.
DANIELSVILLE - Early turnovers put Johnson in a hole that it never found a way out of against Madison County.
Chestatee lineman Matthew Pruitt couldn't see teammate Kris Pierce bring a 55-yard interception back for a touchdown halfway through the third quarter of Thursday's scrimmage against East Hall.
The spring workouts wrapped up long ago. The summer conditioning program is through. Preseason tests are out of the way.
The Johnson High football team earned a 35-7 win in a scrimmage game against East Jackson High on Friday.
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