Flowery Branch coach Chris Griffin laughed when asked recently how much more he knew about his football team since the full pads were put on.
In his first two stops, Bill Ballard made winners out of Tucker and Peachtree Ridge, notching 12 wins in four of his first seven seasons as a head coach.
New West Hall coach Tony Lotti has had a full plate in his first few months with the Spartans program.
New Riverside Military Academy football coach Gary Downs is a high-energy coach who has long-term visions that include making the Eagles the best military academy program in the nation.
For the better part of two months, football coaches around the area have been able to execute similar structures to their offseason programs.
Towns County football coach Kyle Langford considers the mountains his home, even though he never lived in the northern half of the state before taking the job in Hiawassee in 2007.
Benji Harrison is learning the ropes of what it takes to be a head coach. Harrison, the first-year football coach at Jackson County High, understands that being the man in charge is just as much organizational leadership as it is designing a winning gameday strategy.
Jefferson High coach T. McFerrin isn't making any promises past this season. Entering his 40th season as a high school coach, and fourth since coming out of retirement in 2009 with the Dragons, he's operating on a year-by-year basis at this point in his career that spans six decades.
New Johnson High football coach Jason Roquemore loves what he does.
In 2011, East Hall football coach Bryan Gray had his most successful season at the school.
For six years, Stan Luttrell has led the Chestatee football team. In his first year as coach of the team, he took the War Eagles to the state playoffs, and, while he hasn't returned since, he's optimistic about the direction in which the program is headed.
In 2011, Jess Simpson coached one of the more talented Buford football teams in recent memory to a 14-0 start and an appearance in its fifth straight state championship game.
Johnson High has ended its brief search for a new football coach.
Gainesville High coach Bruce Miller may be entering his 40th season this fall, but he doesn't plan to call it quits any time soon. That should be a relief to fans as the Red Elephants make the jump up two levels to Class AAAAA in 2012.
Commerce football coach Marvin Justice may be entering just his second season at the helm, but he already has a wealth of knowledge and experience that has led him to this point.
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.
Flowery Branch defeated Loganville 29-14 on Friday at Falcon Field.