Before most high school football teams in the state hit the gridiron for their first regular season game, the Johnson High football team will have already been tested.
One of the biggest blessings for first-year Riverside Military coach Gary Downs may be a bye week right away on Aug. 31.
It's all anybody wants to talk about, but it's also not until November.
It's shaping up to be an exciting season at Gainesville. The Red Elephants (12-2 in 2011) have one of the state's best high school quarterbacks, Deshaun Watson, along with a handful of receivers with speed, a trio of running backs who can help mix things up on offense and a deep group of defensive backs.
Tyler Dominy likes the pressure that comes with having an offense at his fingertips.
Lakeview Academy coach Matthew Gruhn hopes that a greatly expanded roster will lead to even more success than the Lions' back-to-back 4-4 seasons.
Last year, Chestatee's season, to an extent, hung in the balance on the fourth game of the season against Monroe Area, the first subregion game of the year.
With only five wins in the past three seasons combined, West Hall is opening a new chapter with first-year head coach Tony Lotti.
In only one quarter of play, Gainesville junior quarterback Deshaun Watson completed 4 of 6 passes for 85 yards, including a long pass to sophomore Rodney Lackey for a gain of 25, in a scrimmage Friday against Creekview in Canton. Gainesville coach Bruce Miller said that play swung the momentum of the game early in a 39-7 win for the Red Elephants.
East Hall coach Bryan Gray and Chestatee coach Stan Luttrell are both encouraged by what they saw in their teams' scrimmage on Thursday at War Eagle Stadium.
Gainesville coach Bruce Miller has some things he wants to accomplish in Friday's scrimmage at Creekview. Winning is not really one of them.
High school football season is drawing closer each day. Even though the regular season is still a couple of weeks away for most Georgia teams, scrimmages will be scattered across the area this weekend.
Lumpkin County football coach Tommy Jones is preparing for his seventh year at the helm of the Indians and looking to improve on a 6-4 record in 2011.
Flowery Branch coach Chris Griffin laughed when asked recently how much more he knew about his football team since the full pads were put on.
In his first two stops, Bill Ballard made winners out of Tucker and Peachtree Ridge, notching 12 wins in four of his first seven seasons as a head coach.
White County scored with just 27 seconds left and earned a 34-27 victory over Madison County in a penalty-ridden game Friday in Cleveland.
JEFFERSON - The Jefferson Dragons have shown all year why they are the class of the newly-formed Region 8-AAA by scoring throngs of points and making it tough for opposing offenses to get into Dragon territory, let alone the end zone.
Lumpkin County rode a hot quarterback to a 27-21 win over Franklin County on Friday in Dahlonega.
Every second half possession for both teams resulted in a score, but it wasn't quite enough for Commerce in a 42-27 loss to Prince Avenue on Friday in Bogart.
North Oconee kept North Hall winless with a 42-6 victory on Friday at The Brickyard.
With a safety the only thing on the board for Gainesville through almost two quarters, Toddrick Turner had a hand in a pair of plays that turned the tide.
Union County defeated Oglethorpe County 46-0 as Jacob Rogers' three touchdowns led the Panthers to victory on Friday in Lexington.
Fannin County held off Banks County 30-23 on Friday in Blue Ridge.
Oconee County ran past Jackson County 42-21 on Friday in Watkinsville.
A field goal in overtime lifted Strong Rock Christian to a 10-7 victory over Riverside Military Academy Friday night in Locust Grove.
DAWSONVILLE- West Hall took a huge first step toward a Region 7-AAA playoff spot on Friday.
With the crux of his offensive and defensive schemes sitting injured on the Gainesville bench, even a dominant win over a region opponent couldn't put coach Bruce Miller in a good mood late Friday night.
Johnson's football players posed for an impromptu celebratory shot together, while Knights coach Jason Roquemore was bopping around the field after Friday's game against Riverside Military Academy at Maginnis Field in Gainesville.
JEFFERSON - After a first-possession fumble by the undefeated Jefferson Dragons on Friday night, the annual Battle of Jefferson against Jackson County had all the makings of a great rivalry game: an early turnover, a fired-up crowd and the home team looking to score quickly.
A pair of quick-strike touchdowns helped Lumpkin County take control early. Then, the Indians' ball-control offense kept them in front late.