When Gainesville High freshman Michael Byrd got plugged into the starting lineup for Friday's game against West Hall, he knew he didn't want to squander a chance to catch the coaches eyes.
East Hall didn't want to be Union County cheerleaders.
Dawson County defeated Rabun County 41-7 on Friday night in Tiger.
On a rainy Friday night at Billy Ellis Memorial Stadium, running and turnovers turned out to be the keys of the game as Monroe Area defeated Johnson 21-0.
George Walton Academy defeated Commerce 24-14 on Friday night in Monroe.
Union County defeated Fannin County 30-15 on Friday in Blairsville.
Habersham Central held off Loganville 47-45 in a wild shootout Friday night in Loganville.
Salem at Flowery Branch
Things were going great for North Hall.
The Top Ten teams in the Associated Press Georgia high school football polls of the 2011 season with first-place votes in parentheses and won-loss record, total points and position last week at right:
If a team loses nearly half of its roster to graduation, including the starting quarterback, leading rusher and leading tackler, a down year could be expected.
First and foremost, Flowery Branch senior quarterback Kanler Coker says his job is to move the chains when he gets under center.
A typical football helmet doesn't look like it does in the advertisements.
For teams in subdivided regions, including all local teams other than those in Region 8-A and 8-AAAA, this is, for all intents and purposes, the final week of the regular season.
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.
Flowery Branch at Cedar Shoals
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.
Gainesville at Apalachee