With one long 85-yard pass play from Gainesville quarterback Deshaun Watson to receiver Tray Harrison on Friday, it took all the momentum away from North Hall after its touchdown three plays earlier in the first half at City Park.
One quarterback walked off the field with a big grin; the other in tears.
The Falcons won with offense, they won with special teams, and more than anything else, they won with defense.
Class AA's top-ranked Buford High continued their dominance in a full team effort as seven different Buford players scored touchdowns with a 49-0 win against Therrell in Buford on Friday.
East Hall lost on the road to Adairsville 25-9 on Friday night.
JEFFERSON - Jefferson High quarterback Bryant Shirreffs threw for 302 yards and four touchdowns in a 57-29 win against Hart County on Friday at Memorial Stadium.
Stephens County already knew it had the athletes, but Friday night proved it could give them the space they needed to make explosive plays.
Commerce was held to 80 yards rushing and 72 yards passing while giving up 333 yards to Washington-Wilkes Friday in a 33-0 loss Friday in Commerce.
Athens Christian defeated Banks County 27-21 on Friday night in Athens.
Clarke Central defeated Habersham Central 34-20 on Friday night in Athens.
The start to the 2011 football season has been a case of "good news, bad news" for the Lumpkin County Indians.
Cedar Shoals at Flowery Branch
Even though local bragging rights are always on the table when Gainesville and North Hall play, this year's game has a bit of a different tone.
The Hall County schools have played 15 games in the first three weeks of the season, and Hall County's best team, Flowery Branch, is 3-0 against Class AAAA competition.
Habersham Central senior quarterback Kevin Ellison helped the Raiders complete a stunning comeback from an 18-point deficit when he fired the game-winning touchdown pass to Zack Franks with just 32 seconds left in a 43-39 win over Salem.
Rabun County held off Habersham Central 23-14 in the season-opener on Friday in Tiger.
Union County stormed past Towns County 57-14 win in the season opener on Friday in Hiawassee.
Commerce defeated Banks County 28-21 on Friday in the season opener for both teams in Commerce.
Pickens outlasted White County 42-34 in a wild offensive shootout Friday in Cleveland.
East Hall battled its way to a 20-13 win over Wesleyan in the season opener on Friday in Peachtree Corners.