Devan Stringer had every reason to smile after Gainesville claimed the Region 8-AAAAA title on its own home field Friday.
Riverside Military Academy capped its season with a 30-26 win over Greene County.
White County used a wide range of players to work its way to a 38-13 win over Banks County on Friday in Homer.
CUMMING - Commerce had several close spots go its way as it converted first downs in crucial situations and finished with a total time of possession of 34:29 in a 24-14 victory over Pinecrest Academy on Friday at The Paladins' field.
Towns County beat Hebron Christian 34-19 in its season finale Friday in Dacula.
Jefferson rolled over Union County 49-3 on Friday in its final tuneup before defending its Class AA state title.
Lafayette edged Johnson 35-34 on Friday night in the Knights' season finale.
No one just forgets about a one-point loss when it costs them a region title.
Buford controls its own destiny and can clinch the Region 7-AAA championship tonight with a win over North Hall at The Brickyard.
With a spot in the playoffs out of reach, the East Hall Vikings wanted to send their seniors out as winners in front of their home crowd on Friday night.
West Hall at Dawson County
The postseason implications of West Hall's game Friday against Dawson County are so clear cut, Spartans coach Tony Lotti equates it to a playoff contest. However, it's only the winner that gets the final spot in the postseason from Region 7-AAA.
The last time Flowery Branch and Gainesville played, the game was decided in the closing minutes when the Falcons stopped a two-point conversion attempt to beat Gainesville 35-34 and take the Region 8-AAAAA championship.
Bruce Miller likes the versatility that junior back Michael Byrd brings to the table every Friday night. Gainesville's coach thinks the Red Elephants' offense is better with a back like Byrd complimenting all-state quarterback Deshaun Watson.
After an 0-10 season in 2013, Banks County is finally getting used to being back in the win column.
Johnson lost its fifth game in as many outings this season, falling to unbeaten Pickens 49-6 on Friday night in Oakwood.
Running backs Brandon Grant and Chris Howard combined for 102 yards off of nine carries, but their efforts couldn't stop a 24-3 Rabun County victory over Riverside Academy Friday night.
Gainesville's senior quarterback Mikey Gonzalez was electric all night in Friday's 46-6 win against Winder-Barrow - before and after a 70-minute weather delay due to lightning around City Park Stadium in Gainesville.
SUGAR HILL - The Flowery Branch Falcons couldn't build on an early lead Friday night and the Lanier Longhorns wore them down and pulled away late to win 27-12.
Tray Bryant paced Chestatee with 154 rushing yards in a 24-19 win over Pepperell on Friday in Lindale.
JEFFERSON-When it comes to the Battle of the Bridge rivalry between the Jefferson Dragons and Commerce Tigers, Jefferson head coach Ben Hall said you could throw both teams' undefeated records out the window.
DAHLONEGA - In a battle of teams going for their first victory, Lumpkin County scored a 14-3 nonregion win over Johnson at The Burial Grounds on Friday night.
It would be hard to blame West Hall head coach Tony Lotti if he felt a little conflicted after the Spartans' 38-0 handling of county rival North Hall on Friday night.
Dawson County lost a tight contest Friday to Heritage-Ringgold, 10-6 in Ringgold
White County defeated Pace Academy 31-17 on Friday night in Cleveland
Union County defeated Andrews, N.C., m 49-20 on Friday night in Blairsville.
Towns County defeated Lakeview Academy 14-6 on Friday night in Hiawassee.
Rabun County rode a strong offensive night to a 34-21 victory Friday over Jackson County in Tiger.