As assistant coaches, Flowery Branch's Chris Griffin and West Hall's Tony Lotti have seen their share of victories. But for the first on their register as head coaches, each had to wait a little longer than they would've liked.
Jefferson quarterback Bryant Shirreffs says he loves the fourth quarter.
Rabun County saw scoring come from all areas of its offense in a 45-7 win over Towns County on Friday in Tiger.
Kyle Daniel was 21 of 30 passing for 300 yards and five touchdowns for Jackson County in a 39-21 win over Athens Christian on Friday in Jefferson.
Buford rebounded from a rare loss last week to defeat Hancock Central 43-0 on Friday.
Quarterback Drew Whitfield ran nine times for 47 yards and had a 13-yard touchdown run and a 4-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to lead Commerce to its first 3-0 start since 2006 in a 28-14 win over Banks County on Friday in Commerce.
WINDER - The Winder-Barrow Bulldoggs had a monumental task ahead of them in the region 8-AAAAA opener against state-ranked Gainesville on Friday night.
CUMMING - Fumbles hindered Dawson County's offense in the first half against Forsyth Central. Those turnovers soon stopped, but Tigers quarterback Tyler Dominy was just getting started.
North Murray played the role of homecoming spoiler to Johnson, as the Mountaineers left Billy Ellis Memorial Stadium in Oakwood with a 27-13 win on Friday night.
Coming into Friday's game, East Hall had questions that needed answers - mainly, how to replace former running back Jamond Witt?
MILLEDGEVILLE - Georgia Military College Prep School solidified itself as the top military football team in the Georgia High School Association on Friday night with a 24-0 victory over Riverside Military Academy in the Military Bowl.
White County defeated Fannin County 35-28 on Friday in Blue Ridge, giving the Warriors their first 3-0 start since 1975.
ATHENS - The points came fast and furious at Waters-Wilkins Stadium, and Cedar Shoals couldn't put them up as quickly as Flowery Branch, as the Falcons beat the Jaguars, 45-27, on Friday to open Region 8-AAAAA play.
OAKWOOD - West Hall quarterback Zach English noted all that new coach Tony Lotti has done for the program since being hired in the offseason.
Collins Hill dominated Habersham Central 52-0 in both teams' region opener on Friday in Mount Airy.
East Hall fell to 0-2 with Friday night's 38-10 loss to Pickens in Jasper.
WINDER - With the star-studded duo of TJ Skelton and Evan Shirreffs on the field for Jefferson, a productive and powerful offense was expected. What was not expected was how the Dragons used almost everybody but Skelton on their way to a 41-7 win over the Winder-Barrow Bulldoggs at W. Clair Harris Stadium in Winder.
COMMERCE - After last Friday's loss, East Jackson Eagles' head coach Gary Hughes said his team had to limit turnovers to stay in games.
Madison County scored 20 unanswered points in the second half to overcome Jackson County 27-21 on Friday in Jefferson.
After 11 straight seasons of futility in season openers, Forsyth Central finally started the schedule off on the right foot.
In typical Buford fashion, seven different names appeared on the scoring sheet during Friday night's 56-0 win over Berkmar at Tom Riden Stadium.
Riverside Military Academy's defense stole the show on Friday night in Roswell as J.J. McCalston, Tarik Holmes and Chris Howard combined to lead the Eagles to a 20-10 victory over Fellowship Christian.
West Hall coach Tony Lotti had his team vote last week to decide who would be the team's top 10 leaders in the locker room for the upcoming season.
A stifling defense and a freshman quarterback led Flowery Branch to a decisive victory against Chestatee on Friday night in the Hall County rivals' first matchup since 2009.
LOGANVILLE – Gainesville has two weeks to find some continuity on both sides of the ball before the region schedule begins. The season opener was far less than what coach Bruce Miller hoped for.
Rabun County held off Habersham Central 23-14 in the season-opener on Friday in Tiger.
Union County stormed past Towns County 57-14 win in the season opener on Friday in Hiawassee.
Commerce defeated Banks County 28-21 on Friday in the season opener for both teams in Commerce.
Pickens outlasted White County 42-34 in a wild offensive shootout Friday in Cleveland.
East Hall battled its way to a 20-13 win over Wesleyan in the season opener on Friday in Peachtree Corners.