In an ugly game in which East Hall and Johnson combined for 12 fumbles - six lost - it was the dazzling play of Vikings running back and return specialist Jamond Witt that made everything pretty for his team in the end as the Vikings hung on for a 28-21 win Friday night a East Hall Stadium.
North Hall's football program has a quarterback who can throw, receivers who can get open to catch it, and Trojans coach Bob Christmas isn't afraid to let them loose.
What started out as a bad night for Brandon Fuqua ended fantastic.
CLEVELAND - There's something about White County that brings the tricks out of Gainesville.
Banks County defeated Riverside Military Academy 18-3 on Friday at Maginnis Field in Gainesville.
JEFFERSON - Jackson County senior fullback Austin McDonald, who became the hero last week with the game-winning touchdown in a weather-shortened contest, came through again Friday for the Panthers, helping them to a 21-3 win over Walnut Grove at Panther Stadium.
COLUMBUS - No. 2 Carver's Isaiah Crowell rushed for 190 yards and a touchdown and the Carver defense cracked down on No. 1 Buford on Friday as the new kid in Class AA knocked off its reigning king with a 14-0 victory at A.J. McClung Memorial Stadium.
Time to start another streak.
Banks County at Riverside Military
Many will argue that tonight's matchup of Class AA's top-ranked Buford and No. 2-ranked Carver-Columbus is the top game on the high school football schedule for the entire season. Though separated by 150 miles, the three-time defending state champion Wolves (1-0) will make the trip down to Columbus' Memorial Stadium for the game against former Class AAA power, Carver (1-0), which dropped down to Class AA this season.
Following a 40-19 loss to Buford last week, Gainesville has dropped out of the Class AAA rankings in the Associated Press Georgia High School Football Poll, released Monday.
OAKWOOD - The West Hall High football team came into last Friday's game with East Hall with an unusual set of circumstances: an 11-game losing streak and one of the best quarterback's in the area.
DANIELSVILLE - Flowery Branch answered a lot of questions on Friday with a 21-0 win over Madison County in its 8-AAAA debut and season opener.
OAKWOOD - West Hall quarterback Shunquez Stephens' senior season got off to a slow start. It wouldn't last long.
JEFFERSON - Jackson County is 1-0 this season, with only two quarters of football in the books.
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