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
After Monroe Area's 48-6 win over Walnut Grove last week, Purple Hurricanes coach Matt Fligg looked at his team and told them that "they were fixing to play the biggest game of their lives."
CLEVELAND - It seems that wherever White County plays this season, it captures the attention of all the fans in Region 8-AAA.
Rarely in high school football do you see a player play varsity for all four years.
The Flowery Branch High football program continues its rise up the polls and comes in at No. 6 again this week in Class AAAA. The Falcons (6-0) defeated Habersham Central last week.
Flowery Branch entered the 2010 football season with a lot to prove to itself and its new competition.
Yet another big week of games looms for the 8-AAA North subregion on Friday; such is life when all six teams in the division have a realistic shot at playing for a postseason berth.
WINDER - With the star-studded duo of TJ Skelton and Evan Shirreffs on the field for Jefferson, a productive and powerful offense was expected. What was not expected was how the Dragons used almost everybody but Skelton on their way to a 41-7 win over the Winder-Barrow Bulldoggs at W. Clair Harris Stadium in Winder.
COMMERCE - After last Friday's loss, East Jackson Eagles' head coach Gary Hughes said his team had to limit turnovers to stay in games.
Madison County scored 20 unanswered points in the second half to overcome Jackson County 27-21 on Friday in Jefferson.
After 11 straight seasons of futility in season openers, Forsyth Central finally started the schedule off on the right foot.
In typical Buford fashion, seven different names appeared on the scoring sheet during Friday night's 56-0 win over Berkmar at Tom Riden Stadium.
Riverside Military Academy's defense stole the show on Friday night in Roswell as J.J. McCalston, Tarik Holmes and Chris Howard combined to lead the Eagles to a 20-10 victory over Fellowship Christian.
West Hall coach Tony Lotti had his team vote last week to decide who would be the team's top 10 leaders in the locker room for the upcoming season.
A stifling defense and a freshman quarterback led Flowery Branch to a decisive victory against Chestatee on Friday night in the Hall County rivals' first matchup since 2009.
LOGANVILLE – Gainesville has two weeks to find some continuity on both sides of the ball before the region schedule begins. The season opener was far less than what coach Bruce Miller hoped for.
Rabun County held off Habersham Central 23-14 in the season-opener on Friday in Tiger.
Union County stormed past Towns County 57-14 win in the season opener on Friday in Hiawassee.
Commerce defeated Banks County 28-21 on Friday in the season opener for both teams in Commerce.
Pickens outlasted White County 42-34 in a wild offensive shootout Friday in Cleveland.
East Hall battled its way to a 20-13 win over Wesleyan in the season opener on Friday in Peachtree Corners.