BUFORD -- Every Friday, the Buford Wolves get their opponent's best shot, and every Friday, they turn them away in the same fashion - with dominant defense and a consistent ground game.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Flowery Branch coach Lee Shaw remembers that first big win. It was in the first round of the playoffs in 2005 against a dominant Elbert County program.
Monroe-Albany at Gainesville
The aged and outdated field house at City Park Stadium, which is used by Gainesville High's football program, may soon be a thing of the past.
Imagine for a minute that Gainesville's offense in practice is like a science lab experiment, except with moving parts and bodies in motion.
Due to the distance of travel, the kickoff of Friday's Flowery Branch-Thomas County Central second round playoff game has been moved to 8 p.m.
BUFORD - Buford senior linebacker Nathan Staub feels like the product the Wolves put on the field speaks for itself. Class AA's top-ranked Wolves (11-0), who play host to Jefferson County (8-3) in the second round of the playoffs Friday, are a team blessed with great leadership and talent, he says. The numbers back that up.
Habersham Central's first round game against Chattahoochee amounted to school history; unfortunately it didn't translate to a victory in the Class AAAA state playoffs.
CALHOUN - Jefferson did a lot a good things Friday night in the first round of the Class AA state playoffs against Calhoun, but it was what the Dragons didn't do that led them to a 39-6 defeat on the road.
There way no one of the field Friday at City Park Stadium happier with Gainesville's 48-27 win against Dalton than its coach Bruce Miller.
BUFORD - Beginning the playoffs in pursuit of their fifth consecutive state title, the Buford Wolves wanted to get off to a fast start.
Kevin Ellison had 345 yards of total offense and six touchdowns for the Raiders as they lost 65-48 to Chatahoochee in the first round of the Class AAAA state playoffs on Friday in Alpharetta.
JOHNS CREEK - The Flowery Branch Falcons have a play that they have practiced every week which they call "Big Ben." To others it's called a Hail Mary.
Lincoln County bested Commerce 35-14 on Friday night in the first round of the Class A state playoffs at Lincolnton.
Banks County lost to Adairsville 21-3 Friday in the first round of the Class AA state playoffs in Adairsvile.
For Flowery Branch, tonight's game at second-ranked Northside-Warner Robins is more than a season opener.
For all the eye-popping statistics that Deshaun Watson posted during his record-setting 2012 season, the categories where he avoided large numbers may have been just as important to Gainesville's state championship run.
Chattooga at East Hall
Antonio Pittman's role as a West Hall Spartan has been increasing ever since he first stepped onto the field in Oakwood.
Dawson County struck big in crucial situations to open the season Friday against East Hall in Gainesville. Leading by a small margin with five minutes left to play, Tigers (1-0, 1-0 Region 7-AAA) quarterback Zack Buchan hit running back Cody Lamar in the open field on a third-and-long at the 30 and ran 70 yards for the score, propelling Dawson County to a 29-27 win.
Andrew Smith and Brannon Dyer were the catalysts for the North Hall offense in a 42-31 scrimmage win against Salem (Va.) on Friday in Virginia.
OAKWOOD - This year, the Battle of Oakwood went to the Spartans of West Hall.
Dawson County at East Hall