BUFORD - Buford High's run to a fourth straight Class AA championship got off on the right foot Friday with a convincing 52-22 victory over Hart County in the opening round of the playoffs at Tom Riden Stadium.
For the past two years, the Gainesville Red Elephants have made a habit of blowing out their first-round opponents.
The Commerce High football team fell 34-24 to Bremen in the first round of the Class A state playoffs Friday night at Bremen Athletic Field.
The loss was the last game at the helm for Tigers' coach Steve Savage, who will retire after 22 years as head coach.
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His teammates call him rookie, but ask anyone who has seen him play and they're all likely to say the same thing: Gainesville High freshman quarterback Deshaun Watson is playing well beyond his years.
Flowery Branch's reward for starting the football season 9-0 and finishing second in Region 8-AAAA is a date with one of the most storied football programs in Georgia.
COMMERCE - For the past 33 years there have been two constants at Commerce High: a winning football program and coach Steve Savage.
BUFORD - Everything surrounding Buford High's football program this time of the year is upbeat.
The Buford High football team remains No. 2 in Class AA in the latest Georgia Prep Football Poll, which was released Tuesday by The Associated Press.
CLEVELAND - For the first time since 2007, White County's football program spent the first Monday afternoon following the end of the regular season by preparing for another football game. The stakes now are sudden death in the Class AAA tournament and the competition will also be good, but the Warriors (8-2) took to the practice field like it was just another practice, even though the excitement level has gone up a notch or two for Friday's playoff opener against LaGrange (5-5).
Going into the 2010 season, the biggest question at Gainesville High was how well freshman quarterback Deshaun Watson could direct a Red Elephant offense that made it to the state finals last season.
BOGART - A shutout loss that cost North Oconee the region title left the Titans smarting all week.
Friday night's results showed once again why "defense wins championships" is one of football's oldest clichés.
Led by Quan Clark's 181 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries, Chestatee finished its season with a 29-21 win Friday over Walnut Grove at War Eagle Stadium.
North Hall ended its season with a 52-28 victory on Friday night at The Brickyard to finish the season at .500 overall.
Stephens County kept North Hall winless with a 48-19 win Friday in Toccoa.
Tae Turner's five touchdowns powered Lakeview Academy to its first region win in school history, a 38-3 victory over Providence Christian on Friday at Jock Hornor Field in Gainesville.
Habersham Centrall fell on the road Friday to Alpharetta 52-3 as the Raiders continue to struggle in Region 7-AAAAAA, falling to 0-5 on the year.
George Walton defeated Towns County 48-28 as ihe Indians fell to 1-4 on Friday in Monroe.
Union County ran up a 52-19 win over Social Circle on Friday in Blairsville.
Commerce defeated Athens Christian 10-7 on Friday in Athens.
Franklin County held off Banks County 22-21 on Friday night in Homer.
BETHLEHEM - Gainesville coach Bruce Miller hit a big milestone Friday night.
BUFORD - Buford opened Region 8-AAAA play with a 42-10 victory over White County at home on Friday night.
CARROLLTON - It took a little longer than he anticipated, but Ed Dudley has registered victory No. 1 as the head coach of the Carrollton High School football team.
With Devin Watson in shorts on the sideline Friday night, East Hall didn't have the firepower to keep up with Jackson County.
Flowery Branch made a number of costly mistakes Friday against Heritage.
Lumpkin County lost a tight contest on the road to Our Lady of Mercy on Friday, 42-35 in Fayetteville.
Commerce used late heroics to pull out a 27-20 victory over Athens Academy on Friday at Ray Lamb Stadium.
After an 0-10 season in 2013, Banks County is finally getting used to being back in the win column.