BUFORD - At Buford High, being perfect in the regular season isn't a requirement to make it to the ultimate destination of a matchup in the Georgia Dome for the state title game.
Flowery Branch inched up one more spot to No. 7 in Class AAAA in this week's Georgia Prep Football Poll, conducted by The Associated Press.
Going into Friday's game with Washington-Wilkes, the Commerce High football team found itself in an unusual position. The Tigers were 0-3 and on the verge of starting 0-4 for the first time in school history.
Though Jackson County came out of its Region 8B-AA game against new cross-county rival East Jackson with a 29-14 loss, the Panthers may have found their quarterback in the process.
ATHENS - Flowery Branch may have another A in its GHSA classification, but not without more W's.
All the talk during the week about the North Hall and Gainesville game being an even matchup couldn't have been more spot on.
Lumpkin County came out on the wrong end of a defensive struggle with Monroe Area on Friday in Dahlonega, losing 10-3.
Scoring and turnovers were the name of the game Friday at East Hall Stadium.
DAWSONVILLE - Chestatee's defense returned four of its five interceptions for touchdowns in a 55-7 rout of host Dawson County on Friday at Tiger Stadium.
The West Hall football team lost in Toccoa to Stephens County 45-17 on Friday night.
COMMERCE - Brion Youngs made sure the first-ever meeting between East Jackson and Jackson County wasn't a close one.
WATKINSVILLE - With touchdowns to end the first half and start the second, White County was able to quiet a homecoming crowd at Warrior Stadium to beat Oconee County 28-14 on Friday.
Alex Ross threw for 199 yards and three touchdowns on Friday night to lead No. 2 Buford to a 33-6 win over Therrell at Tom Riden Stadium.
North Carolina teams proved to be inhospitable hosts to two Northeast Georgia football teams Friday night.
Kevin Ellison had both touchdowns for Habersham Central in a 38-14 Region-8AAAA loss to Clarke Central on Friday in Mount Airy.
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