The first half of the regular season in Region 8-AAA has been a nice way to whet the appetite of fans across the span of this spread out region.
Flowery Branch crept up one more spot and Buford held firm to its in this week's Georgia Prep Football Poll, coducted by The Associated Press.
BUFORD - When Buford's Seon Jones went to the sideline late in last Friday's win against Lovett, the Wolves' senior running back was floored to find out he was the new owner of the school record for rushing yards in a single game.
Region 8A-AAA really is up for grabs. There is no clear frontrunner at this point.
Fans that attended Jock Horner Field in Gainesville on Friday were treated to a thrilling game as Hebron Christian came away with a hard-fought 28-19 victory over Lakeview Academy.
MONROE - All the talk leading into the season about Monroe Area's football program being a probable contender in Region 8-AAA looks to have been right on the money.
An old rivalry renewed quickly became a one-sided affair.
With 488 yards rushing, the Class AA's No. 2-ranked Buford avenged their only loss a from a year ago Friday, beating Lovett 37-14 at Memorial Stadium in Atlanta.
Gainesville High now has its own version of wardrobe malfunctions, and although it didn't appear to be the case at the time, those mishaps were the difference in a 28-7 win over Franklin County on Friday at City Park.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Austin Brown continues to become more comfortable in Flowery Branch's offense.
With all of their points coming in the first half, the North Hall Trojans defeated Walnut Grove 40-0 on Friday at Warrior Stadium in Loganville.
Offensive execution was emphasized all week at Lumpkin County.
Jackson County traveled to Elbert County on Friday night and came away on the wrong end of a 56-8 loss.
After four games in a new classification and region, Flowery Branch finds itself 4-0 in 8-AAAA and ranked No. 7 in the state, despite significant turnover from last year's Class AAA state semifinalist team. It was unclear how the Falcons would fare in 2010, and as a result, they had to earn their spot in the top 10 by overwhelming voters after starting the season outside the rankings.
North Hall at Walnut Grove
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.