DAHLONEGA - Ian McIntosh can wear a lot of hats for the Lumpkin County High football team. On offense, defense and special teams, McIntosh, a junior, is a weapon wherever he may be on the field in positions designed for players with breakaway speed such as himself.
COMMERCE - The 65th edition of the River War between Commerce and Jefferson came down to one final play - and it was Zach Allen who saved the day for Jefferson.
A 20-point deficit at halftime was too much for Dawson County to overcome as the Tigers lost to Pickens 27-14 on Friday in Jasper.
Steven Edsall caught the first score of the night for Union County and followed with a kickoff return for touchdown to lead the Panthers over Towns County 40-7 Friday in Hiawassee.
Dylan Lackey had 157 yards rushing and three touchdowns on Friday as visiting Banks County defeated Social Circle 40-14.
Ashley Lowery punched in a 4-yard touchdown run in the final two mintues of the game to give White County the 21-14 victory Friday over East Jackson in Commerce.
As good as Buford has been in the past, even Jess Simpson was surprised at how well his team began the 2010 season.
The Lions compiled 252 rushing yards as a team on Friday to defeat Fellowship Christian 29-0 in the teams' season opener in Roswell.
East Hall at West Hall
Every high school football season comes with surprises. The team that won one game last season could now be a playoff contender. On the other end, a team that was in the fight for a state title could be left scrapping just to make the postseason.
In a normal circumstance, North Hall High's Bob Christmas and Gainesville High's Bruce Miller would see each other from across the football field on the sidelines, where the two coaches would be competing against each other.
After a few teams around the state opened their seasons on Friday, their was little change in the Associated Press Georgia High School football polls.
The mark of a good high school football program is one that consistently wins year-in and year-out. It challenges for subregion and region titles, flirts with undefeated seasons and sometimes finds itself on the verge of winning a state title. It does all this despite the fact the rosters change yearly, and superstars can be gone before you know it.
From crosstown rivals to possible playoff previews, these games highlight the 2010 high school football schedule.
Even if Devon Pierce resorted to revisionist history in his head, it wouldn't take away the pain of being sidelined while his Gainesville High teammates ran all the way to the Class AAA state title game last season.
Johnson lost a tight defensive battle to Druid Hills 13-9 on Friday night at Adams Stadium in Atlanta.
WARNER ROBINS - Chris Griffin knew his defensive line would need to play its best to hold its own against an offensive line that averages 290 pounds.
White County's Bill Ballard earned his 100th win as a head coach with a 35-14 victory against Habersham Central on Friday in Cleveland.
CUMMING - Devan Stringer provided Gainesville just the defensive lift it needed in its season opener against West Forsyth. Leading late in the second quarter Friday night, the Red Elephants' senior linebacker picked off a Hampton McConnell pass in West Forsyth territory.
North Hall quarterback Andrew Smith can't remember the last time he played in such a physical game.
BUFORD - All was well for the reigning state champion Buford Wolves on Friday night.
East Hall evened its record at 1-1 with a 48-12 home win over Chattooga on Friday at Rabbittown.
Defending Class AA state champion Jefferson wasted no time starting its title defense, beating rival Commerce 40-0 on Friday in Jefferson.
Johnson scored its first victory of the season Friday, beating Oglethorpe County 34-8 in in Lexington.
White County's Bill Ballard earned his 100th win as a head coach on Friday in Cleveland as the Warriors beat Habersham Central 35-14 in the teams' season openers.
DAWSONVILLE - Dawson County racked up 501 yards of total offense in a 27-13 win over visiting Lumpkin County on Friday night.
Robert Prunier returned a kickoff for a touchdown to lead Union County in a 41-14 win over Towns County on Friday in Blairsville.
East Jackson defeated Banks County 14-10 in the team's season openers Friday in Commerce.
Fellowship Christian defeated Lakeview Academy 41-14 on Friday night in Roswell.
Jackson County's late comeback attempt fell short Friday night in a 26-21 loss to Winder-Barrow.