BUFORD -- There was a time when Buford senior Vadal Alexander was not as strong and imposing of a figure.
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Friday's game between Gainesville and Stephens County was supposed to be a showdown of the two best teams in Region 8-AAA.
In less than 24 hours, Flowery Branch went from being on the verge of its first region title to preparing for a road trip to start the state playoffs.
Gainesville left no doubt that it is the best team in Region 8-AAA.
ATHENS - The Flowery Branch Falcons walked on to the field at Billy Henderson Stadium Friday night knowing exactly what they had to do to secure the program's first region title and a No. 1 seed heading into the state playoffs.
MONROE - An up-and-down season came to a fitting end for North Hall on Friday.
The Buford defense held Blessed Trinity to 127 yards of total offense (58 rushing, 69 passing) on the way to a 49-10 victory Friday in Roswell.
DAWSONVILLE - Jefferson jump-started its running game with key halftime adjustments and capitalized on five Dawson County turnovers to beat the Tigers for the second time this season on their home field, 21-10, Friday night.
Coming into Friday night's Region 8-AA play-in game, the East Hall Vikings wanted to show that they had what it took to compete with one of the best teams in Northeast Georgia.
Riverside Military Academy had its biggest offensive output of the season in a 48-25 loss to No. 7 Prince Avenue on Friday night in Gainesville.
Commerce defeated Social Circle 45-21 on Friday to reach the state playofffs for a 15th straight season.
Lumpkin County's special teams scored in three different ways to lead the Indians to a 31-21 win over West Hall on Friday at Spartan Field.
North Oconee defeated Banks County 41-0 on Friday in Homer to earn to earn its first Region 8-AA championship.
High above the posters, letters and plaques of Gainesville teams gone by, a lone football sits in a case near the door in coach Bruce Miller's office.
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Ty Maxwell knew Zach Matthews would be an important player for him. The Lumpkin County football coach just didn't realize it would be in the role he filled the last two weeks.
The sign at the edge of Gainesville High School's football practice field reads, "Bruce Miller Field. A Field of Champions."
BETHLEHEM - Gainesville coach Bruce Miller hit a big milestone Friday night.
BUFORD - Buford opened Region 8-AAAA play with a 42-10 victory over White County at home on Friday night.
CARROLLTON - It took a little longer than he anticipated, but Ed Dudley has registered victory No. 1 as the head coach of the Carrollton High School football team.
With Devin Watson in shorts on the sideline Friday night, East Hall didn't have the firepower to keep up with Jackson County.
Flowery Branch made a number of costly mistakes Friday against Heritage.
Lumpkin County lost a tight contest on the road to Our Lady of Mercy on Friday, 42-35 in Fayetteville.
Commerce used late heroics to pull out a 27-20 victory over Athens Academy on Friday at Ray Lamb Stadium.
After an 0-10 season in 2013, Banks County is finally getting used to being back in the win column.
Johnson lost its fifth game in as many outings this season, falling to unbeaten Pickens 49-6 on Friday night in Oakwood.
Running backs Brandon Grant and Chris Howard combined for 102 yards off of nine carries, but their efforts couldn't stop a 24-3 Rabun County victory over Riverside Academy Friday night.
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