Benji Harrison is learning the ropes of what it takes to be a head coach. Harrison, the first-year football coach at Jackson County High, understands that being the man in charge is just as much organizational leadership as it is designing a winning gameday strategy.
Jefferson High coach T. McFerrin isn't making any promises past this season. Entering his 40th season as a high school coach, and fourth since coming out of retirement in 2009 with the Dragons, he's operating on a year-by-year basis at this point in his career that spans six decades.
New Johnson High football coach Jason Roquemore loves what he does.
In 2011, East Hall football coach Bryan Gray had his most successful season at the school.
For six years, Stan Luttrell has led the Chestatee football team. In his first year as coach of the team, he took the War Eagles to the state playoffs, and, while he hasn't returned since, he's optimistic about the direction in which the program is headed.
In 2011, Jess Simpson coached one of the more talented Buford football teams in recent memory to a 14-0 start and an appearance in its fifth straight state championship game.
Johnson High has ended its brief search for a new football coach.
Gainesville High coach Bruce Miller may be entering his 40th season this fall, but he doesn't plan to call it quits any time soon. That should be a relief to fans as the Red Elephants make the jump up two levels to Class AAAAA in 2012.
Commerce football coach Marvin Justice may be entering just his second season at the helm, but he already has a wealth of knowledge and experience that has led him to this point.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Flowery Branch football coach Chris Griffin is not taking the easy route.
Banks County football coach Philip Jones enjoyed plenty of success in 2011, his first season at the helm of a high school football program.
Riverside Military Academy amed Gary Downs as its new head football coach Monday. Downs began his high school coaching career at Riverside in 2003 when he served as running back coach.
From the Atlantic Coastal Conference to the Big 12 to the Southeastern Conference and everywhere in between, 26 local football players signed letters of intent with colleges big and small Wednesday on National Signing Day. It was the first day that football recruits could officially commit to a college.
Imani Cross sat on the couch in North Hall football coach Bob Christmas' office. He leaned back against the seat and clasped his hands in his lap.
Though he can't make it official for another two years, Gainesville quarterback Deshaun Watson made his intentions known Wednesday when he verbally pledged to accept a scholarship offer from Clemson University.
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.