The football schedule just got heavier for Region 8-AA.
Respect is not a word used very often to describe any aspect of the rivalry between North Hall and Gainesville. Except when you talk to the two head coaches, who despite the hatred between the two schools, have an admiration for one another.
After defeating defending 8-AAAA champion Apalachee 52-35 at Falcon Field last Friday, Flowery Branch (3-0) made its debut in this week's AP Class AAAA top 10 poll, taking the Wildcats' former spot at No. 8.
Sometimes 4 yards can make all the difference.
OAKWOOD - The game plan was simple, and White County executed it to perfection.
OAKWOOD - On this night, the option was the pass. And Scott Chewning did it well. Chestatee High's senior quarterback threw for 214 yards and three touchdowns as the War Eagles rode big plays to their first victory of the season, 49-13 over Johnson at Billy Ellis Memorial Stadium.
BOGART - Prince Avenue Christian took advantage of four Lakeview Academy fumbles and a safety to defeat the Lions 35-6 in its home opener Friday.
GAINESVILLE - One week after losing on a last second field goal to No.3-ranked Wesleyan, Elbert County left no doubt to the outcome of Friday's game.
GAINESVILLE - Riverside Military Academy coach Chris Cotter looked at his roster Monday and realized he had a problem - he didn't have any running backs.
Towns County fell at Copper Basin, Tenn., on Friday night, 49-0.
North Oconee shut out Commerce 43-0 Friday night in Commerce.
Jesse Wright threw for the Panthers' lone touchdown on Friday as Hart County (1-1-1, 0-0 Region 8B-AA) beat Union County 33-7 in Blairsville.
FLOWERY BRANCH - In Flowery Branch's previous two games, the chemistry between Falcons quarterback Austin Brown and receiver Casey Osborne was off. Whether it was an overthrown pass or a dropped catch, the two couldn't quite get on the same page.
East Jackson rode a dominating rush defense to a 38-0 win over Banks County won Friday in Homer.
T.J. Holloman made his precision running of St. Pius X's triple-option offense seem rather elementary during a postgame interview.
Tae Turner is glad he followed through with his decision to play football for Lakeview Academy, even though it wasn't his first sport or an automatic decision when he enrolled last year from Chattahoochee High.
DAWSONVILLE- West Hall took a huge first step toward a Region 7-AAA playoff spot on Friday.
With the crux of his offensive and defensive schemes sitting injured on the Gainesville bench, even a dominant win over a region opponent couldn't put coach Bruce Miller in a good mood late Friday night.
Johnson's football players posed for an impromptu celebratory shot together, while Knights coach Jason Roquemore was bopping around the field after Friday's game against Riverside Military Academy at Maginnis Field in Gainesville.
JEFFERSON - After a first-possession fumble by the undefeated Jefferson Dragons on Friday night, the annual Battle of Jefferson against Jackson County had all the makings of a great rivalry game: an early turnover, a fired-up crowd and the home team looking to score quickly.
A pair of quick-strike touchdowns helped Lumpkin County take control early. Then, the Indians' ball-control offense kept them in front late.
North Oconee rolled past Chestatee 51-7 on Friday in Bogart.
Flowery Branch earned its first Region 8-AAAAA victory of the season on Friday, beating Cedar Shoals 17-7 in Athens.
Stephens County kept North Hall winless with a 48-19 win Friday in Toccoa.
Tae Turner's five touchdowns powered Lakeview Academy to its first region win in school history, a 38-3 victory over Providence Christian on Friday at Jock Hornor Field in Gainesville.
Habersham Centrall fell on the road Friday to Alpharetta 52-3 as the Raiders continue to struggle in Region 7-AAAAAA, falling to 0-5 on the year.
George Walton defeated Towns County 48-28 as ihe Indians fell to 1-4 on Friday in Monroe.
Union County ran up a 52-19 win over Social Circle on Friday in Blairsville.
Commerce defeated Athens Christian 10-7 on Friday in Athens.
Franklin County held off Banks County 22-21 on Friday night in Homer.