DAHLONEGA - Ian McIntosh had a little more wiggle, a little more shake and a lot more horsepower than anyone on the field.
Chestatee at West Hall
BUFORD - As deep as Buford's football program is, there's probably a player, if not two, who will get a crack at playing in the NFL in about five years. The Wolves (2-0) have 32 seniors, about a dozen of which will be playing college football next season.
T. McFerrin walked into the crowded cafeteria followed by the expectant eyes of the boys seated around the room.
I use a simple formula to rate the Hall County football teams early in the year and that is the ratio of points scored against points allowed.
Jefferson coach T. McFerrin believes in tailoring his offense to fit his team's talents. No wonder, then, that the Dragons have come out passing more in 2011.
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.
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