For the second straight year, Gainesville faced a surging Flowery Branch team in the fourth quarter with a region title on the line.
North Hall came into Friday night's game with chance to emerge as Region 7-AAA champs. But with a 42-14 win, top-ranked Buford showed why it's considered by many to be the frontrunner not only for the region, but for a second-straight state title as well.
DAWSONVILLE - Tony Lotti had an important phone call to make. Just moments after West Hall earned a 10-7 win over Dawson County on Friday night to secure the school's first playoff berth in 11 years, the Spartans' coach had to call the team's biggest motivation all season - injured teammate Tavezz Thurmond. Lotti's call to Thurmond, who underwent brain surgery earlier this week after being injured during a practice earlier in the season, was ...
Lumpkin County ended its season with a 31-28 upset win over Stephens County, the No. 4 seed in Region 8-AAAA, on Friday in Toccoa.
Chestatee finished its regular season and tuned up for the state playoffs Friday with a 42-0 win over Madison County at War Eagle Stadium.
Luis Sanchez's game-winning field goal with four seconds left lifted Jackson County past Morgan County 38-35 on Friday in Jefferson, sending the Panthers to the Class AAA state playoffs for the second straight year.
Devan Stringer had every reason to smile after Gainesville claimed the Region 8-AAAAA title on its own home field Friday.
Riverside Military Academy capped its season with a 30-26 win over Greene County. Collin Pettell paced the Riverside Military offense with 350 yards and four touchdowns in a 20-of-27 passing performance on Friday in Greensboro. Raleigh Beougher had 150 yards receiving, Avery Cagle added 70 yards receiving, and C.J. Howard tallied 85 yards to lead the corps. J.J. McCalston and the Eagles' defense had three interceptions on the night, and John Mark MacFarlane recovered a ...
White County used a wide range of players to work its way to a 38-13 win over Banks County on Friday in Homer.
CUMMING - Commerce had several close spots go its way as it converted first downs in crucial situations and finished with a total time of possession of 34:29 in a 24-14 victory over Pinecrest Academy on Friday at The Paladins' field.
Towns County beat Hebron Christian 34-19 in its season finale Friday in Dacula. The Indians finished the season with a 4-6 mark, the best record in school history.
Jefferson rolled over Union County 49-3 on Friday in its final tuneup before defending its Class AA state title.
Lafayette edged Johnson 35-34 on Friday night in the Knights' season finale. Johnson finished the season 2-8 in its final year of non-region play before the Knights join Chestatee in Region 8-AAAA next fall.
No one just forgets about a one-point loss when it costs them a region title. Even Gainesville, which won the Class AAAAA state championship last year after experiencing that setback, still hasn't forgotten how it went down after falling 35-34 in the 8-AAAAA title game on the final night of the regular season at Falcon Field in 2012. "It's always in the back of my head how that game ended last year," Gainesville senior quarterback ...
Buford controls its own destiny and can clinch the Region 7-AAA championship tonight with a win over North Hall at The Brickyard.
Robert Prunier returned a kickoff for a touchdown to lead Union County in a 41-14 win over Towns County on Friday in Blairsville.
East Jackson defeated Banks County 14-10 in the team's season openers Friday in Commerce.
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