It's nearly a month before the games used to determine playoff seeding get under way, but if Friday's results are any indication, scoreboard watching in Region 8-AA should be interesting until then.
The way Buford's football team approaches things offensively is to be as slow and methodical as possible. It has worked the past four seasons with the Class AA state title, and it worked again on Friday with a win to the tune of 49-0 against Gainesville in Buford.
The game was over before the East Hall offense ever touched the field.
East Jackson held on to a season-opening 28-27 win over White County on Friday night in Cleveland.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The Falcons kept their punter resting and scored on all but three of their drives as Flowery Branch sailed over Madison County 56-7 Friday night at Falcon Field in the regular season opener for both teams.
JEFFERSON - Jefferson coach T. McFerrin knew that the key to stopping rival Commerce began with containing Cody Streetman.
Dawson County opened its 2011 football season with a 56-35 win over Pickens on Friday night in Dawsonville.
Lakeview Academy entered the football season looking to keep the momentum created from a three-game winning streak to end the 2010 season.
DAHLONEGA - Lumpkin County did what good teams do against overmatched opponents in Friday's season opener.
OAKWOOD - Big plays beat big yardage Friday night in Oakwood. Jackson County High's football team used the former for a season-opening 20-12 victory over Johnson at Billy Ellis Memorial Stadium.
Ian Petkevich had 81 yards on the ground and a touchdown as Union County defeated Towns County 20-0 Friday in Blairsville.
West Hall at East Hall
Steve Savage didn't think he was any different.
Last Friday, Gainesville High coach Bruce Miller was right there in the bleachers in Roswell as the four-time defending Class AA state champion Buford (1-0), tonight's season opener for the Red Elephants in Buford, crushed Blessed Trinity in its season opener 42-0.
There are a few things you can count on every year in high school football - but only a few.
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.