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.
Alex Ross threw for 199 yards and three touchdowns on Friday night to lead No. 2 Buford to a 33-6 win over Therrell at Tom Riden Stadium.
North Carolina teams proved to be inhospitable hosts to two Northeast Georgia football teams Friday night.
Kevin Ellison had both touchdowns for Habersham Central in a 38-14 Region-8AAAA loss to Clarke Central on Friday in Mount Airy.
Cody Streetman had five touchdowns and 165 yards rushing on 31 carries Friday to lead Commerce to a 41-34 win over Washington-Wilkes in Washington.
Dylan Lackey ran for 123 yards and three touchdowns to lead Banks County to a 28-20 win Friday over Athens Christian.
Flowery Branch at Cedar Shoals
For as long as the series between Gainesville and North Hall has been in existence, the week leading up to the game has been filled with hype, pranks and good, old-fashioned trash talk.
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