Friday's game between Gainesville and Stephens County was supposed to be a showdown of the two best teams in Region 8-AAA.
In less than 24 hours, Flowery Branch went from being on the verge of its first region title to preparing for a road trip to start the state playoffs.
Gainesville left no doubt that it is the best team in Region 8-AAA.
ATHENS - The Flowery Branch Falcons walked on to the field at Billy Henderson Stadium Friday night knowing exactly what they had to do to secure the program's first region title and a No. 1 seed heading into the state playoffs.
MONROE - An up-and-down season came to a fitting end for North Hall on Friday.
The Buford defense held Blessed Trinity to 127 yards of total offense (58 rushing, 69 passing) on the way to a 49-10 victory Friday in Roswell.
DAWSONVILLE - Jefferson jump-started its running game with key halftime adjustments and capitalized on five Dawson County turnovers to beat the Tigers for the second time this season on their home field, 21-10, Friday night.
Coming into Friday night's Region 8-AA play-in game, the East Hall Vikings wanted to show that they had what it took to compete with one of the best teams in Northeast Georgia.
Riverside Military Academy had its biggest offensive output of the season in a 48-25 loss to No. 7 Prince Avenue on Friday night in Gainesville.
Commerce defeated Social Circle 45-21 on Friday to reach the state playofffs for a 15th straight season.
Lumpkin County's special teams scored in three different ways to lead the Indians to a 31-21 win over West Hall on Friday at Spartan Field.
North Oconee defeated Banks County 41-0 on Friday in Homer to earn to earn its first Region 8-AA championship.
White County finished its season with a 21-7 win over Walnut Grove on Friday.
Chestatee finished its season with a 28-13 win over Johnson on Friday night at Billy Ellis Memorial Stadium.
Jefferson's Colby Wood tallied 115 yards rushing and scored three touchdowns as the fourth-ranked Dragons rolled to a 51-16 victory against Morgan County on Friday in Madison.
Buford topped the 50-point mark for the fourth time this season Friday night in a 56-0 win over North Hall.
Lakeview saw its two-game win streak ended Friday in a 34-14 loss to George Walton Academy in Monroe.
Riverside Military Academy fell to Washington-Wilkes 13-10 on Friday at Maginnis Field in Gainesville.
Once West Hall took the lead, Kwon Williams wasn't about to let the Spartans give it away.
There wasn't a lot of mystery with what went wrong after a promising start for Flowery Branch on Friday.
Senior running back Trevor O'Brien muffed the opening kickoff, then picked it up and ran 72 yards.
Fumbles plagued the Panthers in a messy 42-13 loss to Elbert County on Friday in Jefferson.
Towns County was shut out by Athens Christian 46-0 Friday night in Athens.
Stephens County defeated White County 30-10 on Friday night in Toccoa.
Chestatee fell on the road to Madison County 49-28 on Friday in Danielsville.
DAWSONVILLE- East Hall picked up its first Region 7-AAA win in a hotly-contested game against Dawson County on Friday night, holding on for a 36-29 victory.
At least it's over.
Lakeview Academy's Tae Turner is a do-it-all kind of player.
Winder-Barrow overcame an emotional atmosphere on its way to a 24-7 victory over Flowery Branch on Friday night.