Georgia Prep Football Poll
In the second quarter on Friday, Flowery Branch quarterback Kanler Coker was like a broken record.
They say defense wins championships, but offenses around the area are doing their best to dispel that notion.
CLEVELAND - When running back Imani Cross took his first carry of the game 27 yards down the field, it looked like it would be same stuff, different day for the North Hall offense.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Habersham Central senior Kevin Ellison entered Friday's game as one of the top quarterbacks in Region 8-AAAA.
All of a sudden, West Hall is right in the thick of a playoff race in Region 8-AAA.
"Everything went right."
Chaz Thornton ran for 244 yards and three touchdowns on just 10 carries, leading Stephens County to an impressive 28-0 subregion win over short-handed Chestatee on Friday at War Eagles Field.
East Hall picked up its second road victory of the season Friday night in Blairsville, beating Union County 33-3.
Franklin County defeated Lumpkin County 32-6 on Friday night in Carnesville.
River Ridge held on to defeat Lakeview Academy 28-21 on Friday in Woodstock.
On Friday night at Maginnis Field, two teams needed a win to keep pace in Region 8-A. For one team, a quick start quickly fizzled out as Commerce defeated the Riverside Military Academy Eagles 42-0.
Dragon coach T. McFerrin reached 300 wins as a head coach in Georgia on Friday night with a 48-13 win over Oglethorpe County in Lexington.
Banks County rallied to defeat Dawson County 19-14 on Friday night in Homer.
Ten players scored touchdowns for Buford in a 71-0 win over Clarkston on Thursday night in Atlanta.
Flowery Branch coach Chris Griffin remembers the beginnings of the Flowery Branch and Chestatee football programs, when the brand-new schools played each other in their first-ever game in 2002.
Of all the things Chase Sims remembers from the Battle of Oakwood last year, his first game as a member of Johnson's varsity roster, it was the noise that stuck with him the most.
Gainesville at Grayson
Week 0 gave area football fans a taste of what is to come this season, highlighted by a nationally-televised defensive battle between No. 1 Buford and Trinity Christian Academy of Jacksonville, Fla.
BUFORD - Top-ranked Buford didn't waste any time Saturday night.
Jess Simpson knew that if he was going to schedule a season opener worthy of his zealous fan base, he better schedule the best team he could.
JEFFERSON – Jefferson's season started off about as flawless as any team could hope for.
DANIELSVILLE - Early turnovers put Johnson in a hole that it never found a way out of against Madison County.
Chestatee lineman Matthew Pruitt couldn't see teammate Kris Pierce bring a 55-yard interception back for a touchdown halfway through the third quarter of Thursday's scrimmage against East Hall.
The spring workouts wrapped up long ago. The summer conditioning program is through. Preseason tests are out of the way.
The Johnson High football team earned a 35-7 win in a scrimmage game against East Jackson High on Friday.
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