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.
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.
Gainesville football coach Bruce Miller has a justifiable frustration with the lack of interest from college programs in his senior quarterback, Mikey Gonzalez.
Before the wins, before the tears, and before he could fill the empty picture frame in his West Hall High fieldhouse, Tony Lotti looked down around the first ever football team at Union Grove High School and asked them a simple question.
ACWORTH - Gainesville was in it to the very end.
JEFFERSON - The Jefferson Dragons' run at a second state championship in three seasons ended Friday night at Jefferson Memorial Stadium.
BUFORD - Determination helped Joshua Thomas and Buford take control Friday night and punch the Wolves' ticket into the state semifinals for an eighth consecutive season.
COMMERCE - It wasn't a win for the highlight reel, but Commerce coach Michael Brown will take it.
BUFORD - For Evyn Cooper, it was all about being the next man up.
HAMILTON – Mikey Gonzalez has carved out his own legacy for Gainesville. His year as the Red Elephants' signal-caller will be remembered for winning huge games with clutch performances.
JEFFERSON - The No. 1-seed Jefferson Dragons put together another dominant performance in the Class AAA state playoffs Friday night at Memorial Stadium, ousting the No. 3-seeded Dodge County Indians, 27-7.
COMMERCE - Once Will Thomas found running room, there was no stopping him.
Tapped out of energy from a three-hour slugfest and numb from freezing temperatures most of the night, Gainesville's players were still able to celebrate following Friday's playoff opener against Creekview.
Elbert County bested Lumpkin County 28-18 in the first round of the Class AAA playoffs on Friday night in Dahlonega.
BUFORD - Sixteen different players carried the ball as top-ranked Buford racked up 423 rushing yards on 36 carries to defeat Southeast Whitfield 63-0 in the opening round of the Class AAAA playoffs on Friday at Tom Riden Stadium.
HARTWELL - Bryan Gray looked over his team of quiet, disappointed East Hall Vikings and gave them a simple message following their 42-14 loss at Hart County.
The running of Kwon Williams and Tyquan Statham was a perfect analogy for the West Hall football team's mentality on Friday night. Quite simply, the Spartans refused to go down without a fight.