The White County football team once again made a defensive stand late in a game to give the Warriors (6-1, 3-0 Region 8A-AAA) a thrilling 21-14 win over the Stephens County Indians (5-2, 2-1) on Friday night.
East Hall traveled to Blue Ridge on Friday night and came away with a tough subregion loss, 20-7 to Fannin County.
North Hall was willing to let Lumpkin County have a free touchdown late in Friday's game at The Brickyard, which the Indians were not about to turn away.
Riverside Military Academy picked a good night to play its most complete game of the season.
OAKWOOD - Time doesn't quite heal old wounds, as the West Hall High football team discovered. Still smarting from last week's heart-breaking 2-point loss to Johnson in the final seconds, West Hall lost its second straight Friday night 42-7 to Oconee County.
FLOWERY BRANCH - It was an unusual Friday night in which Flowery Branch and quarterback Austin Brown struggled in the passing game.
It was tough for Jefferson coach T. McFerrin to go back to Elbert County, a place where he coached for seven years and won the state title in 1995.
MONROE - With sole possession of first place in the subregion on the line, the No. 8 Gainesville Red Elephants pulled out every play in the book to secure a win.
Walnut Grove earned its first win of the season Friday night in Monroe, beating Johnson 42-35.
Banks County beat Rabun County 40-13 on Friday in Tiger to take sole possession of the Region 8A-AA lead.
After a scoreless first half, the offenses exploded for seven scores combined on Friday as Commerce fell to Athens Academy 28-21 in Athens.
Three-time defending state champion Buford rode a 35-point halftime lead to a 48-2 victory over Avondale on Friday at Tom Riden Stadium in Buford.
Chestatee fell to Franklin County 41-14 on Friday night at War Eagle Stadium.
Lakeview Academy, Led by Nick Drury's five touchdowns, defeated North Cobb Christian 49-21 Friday in Kennessaw.
Heritage at Flowery Branch
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.