FLOWERY BRANCH - No one needs to stress the importance of tonight's game to any one in the Flowery Branch locker room. For a nonregion game, the anticipation could scarcely be greater for the fourth-ranked Falcons' season-opening showdown with second-ranked Northside-Warner Robins.
As West Forsyth coach Frank Hepler said after the game, it came down to who made the fewest mistakes.
No. 2 Buford defeated No. 4 Elbert County once again after a meeting in the state playoffs last season, the Wolves winning 14-3 on Friday night at the Granite Bowl in Elberton.
Union County slipped past Towns County 17-14 on Friday night in the teams' football season opener in Hiawassee.
Banks County opened its football season with a big offensive show Friday night, beating East Jackson 46-30 in Homer.
White County rolled past Habersham Central 31-0 on Friday in the season opener for both teams.
Jackson County rallied to defeat Winder-Barrow 21-10 on Friday night.
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Commerce defeated Jefferson for the first time in five meetings on Friday in Commerce, winning 22-7.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Flowery Branch coach Chris Griffin saw his team's potential in a tight first half against No. 2 Northside-Warner Robins.
In front of packed crowd at Jock Horner Field in Gainesville, the Lakeview Lions cruised to their first victory of the season 32-12 over the Fellowship Christian Palladians on Friday night.
Gainesville High football coach Bruce Miller has thought for a long time that the Red Elephants have one of the top stadiums in the state.
Gainesville's 2011 season could have hardly started with an uglier opening game - a 49-0 loss to Buford.
Marcus Dupree is widely considered one of the greatest high school football players who ever lived.
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When Gainesville needed a lift late in Friday's contest against Loganville, hard-hitting defensive back Toddrick Turner was more than happy to oblige.
Lakeview Academy fell to Prince Avenue Christian 49-10 on Friday at Jock Hornor Field in Gainesville.
The Knights came just short of a win on Friday in Oakwood, falling to Franklin County 14-13 at Billy Ellis Stadium.
No. 4 Jefferson stayed unbeaten with a 28-16 victory over Oconee County on Friday in Jefferson.
Habersham Central ended a 21-game losing streak over three seasons by beating North Forsyth 42-7 on on Friday in Mount Airy.
White County closed in on a playoff spot in Region 8-AAAA with a 51-22 win on Friday in Monroe.
Union County rolled up a 42-27 win over Riverside Military Academy in an offensive shootout Friday at Maginnis Field in Gainesville.
Flowery Branch rallied for the winning touchdown with less than a minute to play to upset Salem 7-6 on Friday night and stay alive in the Region 8-AAAAA playoff hunt.
After dropping its first seven games this season, the North Hall football team has a winning streak and bragging rights.
Top-ranked Buford continued its run of one-side victories, shutting out Madison County 44-0 on Friday at Tom Riden Stadium.
Lumpkin County set up a showdown against West Hall for the Region 7-AAA title by beating Dawson Couty 42-19 on Friday in Dahlonega.
A North Georgia snowstorm wasn't enough to stop East Hall from trudging past Fannin County, 38-20 on Friday in Blue Ridge.
Commerce improved to 6-1 in region play with a 42-0 win over George Walton on Friday in Monroe.
Towns County ended its season with 20-3 win over Providence Christian on Friday in Lilburn.
On a handful of occasions Friday, Devin Watson made plays that were sheer athletic brilliance for East Hall.