After four weeks of strong play on both sides of the ball, North Hall's winning streak came to a screeching halt on Friday night against Franklin County.
DAWSONVILLE - All Dawson County wanted this season was a chance to reach the state playoffs.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Flowery Branch found itself in a close game for the second straight week on Friday, leading only by seven at halftime.
The Lakeview Academy Lions notched a workmanlike win over Georgia Military College, winning 14-7 on the strength of disciplined play and a solid running game.
West Hall fell to Monroe Area 34-0 on Friday night in Monroe. The game was tied 0-0 at the half before the Spartans gave up 34 second-half points. The West Hall offense was led by Chandler Newton's five completions on 11 attempts for 48 yards and two interceptions. Zach English added 40 yards on four receptions for the Spartans' offense, which managed only 84 yards. West Hall (2-5, 2-1 Region 8-AAA) will play host to ...
BUFORD - If Buford continues to play defense like it did Friday against No. 3 Greater Atlanta Christian, then winning its fifth consecutive Class AA state title is just a formality.
JEFFERSON - Jefferson used its running game and had enough big plays to outlast Jackson County 31-14 Friday night in a Region 8-AA South rivalry game at Panther Stadium.
A dominating defensive effort produced White County's first shutout in two seasons, but wasn't enough to keep the Warriors' playoff hopes alive.
Union County edged Rabun County 10-7 on Friday night in Tiger. T. Bentley scored on the first play of the second quarter on a 3-yard run as the Panthers earned their first subregion win. Eric Hougrand hit a go-ahead 40-yard field goal a few minutes later in the second. Union County (2-6, 1-3 Region 8-AA North) will host Fannin County next Friday.
Stephens County defeated Lumpkin County 40-7 on Friday night in Toccoa. Lumpkin County scored on its first drive of the game off of a Logan Moye 30-yard pass to Kelvin Williams. After giving up a touchdown and two point conversion, Lumpkin drove the ball to the Stephens County 1-yard line before losing a fumble on their second possession. Lumpkin County (4-4, 1-3 Region 8-AAA North) will host Chestatee on next Friday.
Commerce fell to Prince Avenue Christian 35-14 on Friday night in Bogart. The 13 points were the most points scored on Prince Avenue this season. Commerce (3-5, 2-2 Region 8-A) will try again for program win No. 500 next week on the road at George Walton Academy.
Habersham Central lost to Heritage 45-42 in a wild shootout Friday night in Mount Airy. The Raiders were down 21 points with two minutes left in the third quarter and had rallied to within three points before Harrison Kulp missed a 24-yard field goal with six seconds left. Habersham Central's Kevin Ellison scored on a 57-yard touchdown run to get the attempted comeback started. The score was 42-28. Sydnee Mulligan would score with 8 minutes ...
Gainesville at Walnut Grove When: 7:30 tonight Where: Walnut Grove Community Stadium Radio: 1240-AM Coaches: Gainesville, Bruce Miller; Walnut Grove, O.J. Soto Records: Gainesville (6-1, 3-0 Region 8-AAA South), Walnut Grove (2-5, 1-2). Key players: Gainesville, QB Deshaun Watson (6-3, 185 So.), DB Eli Nwefo (5-9, 175 Sr.), WR Justin Cantrell (6-1, 175 Jr.). Walnut Grove, OL Jay Weldon (6-0, 225 Sr.), QB Jonah Guinn (6-0, 190 Sr.), RB Tyler Bennett (6-0, 185 Sr.). Outlook: ...
Each time a North Hall running back has had a big game this season, the credit has gone to the offensive line. "Without them, I'm nothing." That's fullback Caleb Faulkner after his 100-yard, three-touchdown performance in a win over White County. "My offensive line gave me great lanes to run through tonight. The success tonight is owed to them." That's halfback Imani Cross after his 280-yard, three-touchdown showing in a ...
BUFORD - Vadal Alexander says he has one the best jobs of all for No. 1 Buford. Alexander, a 340-pound senior offensive tackle, takes pleasure in getting to blow open running lanes and watch the Wolves' ball carriers go to work.
Fellowship Christian defeated Lakeview Academy 41-14 on Friday night in Roswell.
Jackson County's late comeback attempt fell short Friday night in a 26-21 loss to Winder-Barrow.
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