CLEVELAND - Long before Maurice Sutton stepped on a football field, he began his first playing career.
Some say it's a fraternity. Others call it a brotherhood.
Georgia Sports Writers Association Prep Football Poll
East Hall is one of the many local programs that have the peace of mind knowing they will play in the postseason.
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.
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.
Gainesville at Cedar Shoals
The three-year plan is working to fruition for West Hall football coach Tony Lotti and his confident, yet focused band of Spartans.
Banks County could have gotten frustrated after losing its first two Region 7-AAA games by a total of eight points.
Habersham Central came close to its first win of 2014 on Friday but fell short against Centennial, losing 42-39 on Friday in Mount Airy.
Gainesville vs. Clarke Central
Orion Pittman's face lights up when he thinks about how he witnessed Johnson's shining moment against cross-town rival East Hall in 2012.
White County fell to Cartersville, the No. 1 from Region 7-AAAA, 54-0 Friday night in the first round of the Class AAAA state playoffs at Cartersville.
Gainesville finished the regular season with a much different feeling than it started just three months ago.
East Hall outlasted Banks County in a thrilling 35-21 win on Friday at East Hall Stadium to lock up a No. 3 seed for the state playoffs from Region 7-AAA.
West Hall's regular season began with an empty picture frame.
HARTWELL - Coming into Friday night's region championship-deciding game between the Jefferson Dragons and Hart County Bulldogs, it was the offenses that had all the attention as the driving forces behind both teams' 9-0 records.
The White County High football team is going back to the playoffs for a program-record third straight season and fourth time in five years.
Union County held on in the closing moments to earn a heart-stopping 35-34 win over Washington-Wilkes on Friday in Blairsville.
Habersham Central fell to Chattahoochee 35-28 on Friday in Mount Airy one week after ending its 21-game losing streak.
Dawson County earned its second win of the season in the 2014 finale, beating Johnson 28-0 on Friday in Dawsonville.
Commerce heads into the state playoffs with momentum after defeated Lakeview Academy 55-28 on Friday night in Commerce.
Riverside Military Academy closed out the 2014 season on a high note with Friday night's 34-14 victory in Social Circle.
Buford's defense held Stephens County to 46 total yards and only allowed the Indians to cross midfield once as the top-ranked Wolves captured their first championship in Region 8-AAAA with a 56-0 victory on Friday in Toccoa.
Monroe Area bested Chestatee 41-28 on Friday to cap a disappointing season for both teams at Monroe.
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.