Gainesville coach Bruce Miller hadn't planned to start the season with a loss, but that doesn't mean that last week's 32-30 defeat to West Forsyth didn't serve a purpose.
I think one thing that makes high school football so appealing to such a broad range of people is that it's such a great diversion from real life. In some cases, thousands of fans pack the stands to see the high school gladiators of fall duke it out on Friday nights.
Johnson senior Cedric Harris likes to carry the weight of the offense on his shoulders.
Dawson County rolled up another convincing win on Friday, putting up big numbers behind senior quarterback Tyler Dominy and moving to 2-0 for the first time since 2005.
Friday's Georgia high school football scores
Even though North Hall coach Bob Christmas said he'll be comfortable with a running back-by-committee approach this season, senior T.J. Tate certainly made a strong pitch to be the No. 1 back in the run-heavy offense against Chestatee on Friday at War Eagle Field.
DAHLONEGA - The Dawson County Tigers started slow but finished strong in a dominating 35-0 victory over the Lumpkin County Indians on Friday night before a packed house at The Burial Grounds.
On a night where fumbles and penalties were everywhere to be seen, two things became clear for the Johnson Knights: a new attitude and a sense of winning are on the horizon.
East Hall's Edward Vergara ran for over 100 yards with two touchdowns for the Vikings in a 28-20 win over Chattooga on Friday in Summerville.
North Georgia scored two touchdowns late in the fourth quarter to complete a comeback on Friday in Lithia Springs and defeat Colonial Hills, 20-18.
FLOWERY BRANCH - No one needs to stress the importance of tonight's game to any one in the Flowery Branch locker room. For a nonregion game, the anticipation could scarcely be greater for the fourth-ranked Falcons' season-opening showdown with second-ranked Northside-Warner Robins.
As West Forsyth coach Frank Hepler said after the game, it came down to who made the fewest mistakes.
No. 2 Buford defeated No. 4 Elbert County once again after a meeting in the state playoffs last season, the Wolves winning 14-3 on Friday night at the Granite Bowl in Elberton.
Union County slipped past Towns County 17-14 on Friday night in the teams' football season opener in Hiawassee.
Banks County opened its football season with a big offensive show Friday night, beating East Jackson 46-30 in Homer.
JEFFERSON - The Jefferson Dragons have shown all year why they are the class of the newly-formed Region 8-AAA by scoring throngs of points and making it tough for opposing offenses to get into Dragon territory, let alone the end zone.
Lumpkin County rode a hot quarterback to a 27-21 win over Franklin County on Friday in Dahlonega.
Every second half possession for both teams resulted in a score, but it wasn't quite enough for Commerce in a 42-27 loss to Prince Avenue on Friday in Bogart.
North Oconee kept North Hall winless with a 42-6 victory on Friday at The Brickyard.
With a safety the only thing on the board for Gainesville through almost two quarters, Toddrick Turner had a hand in a pair of plays that turned the tide.
Union County defeated Oglethorpe County 46-0 as Jacob Rogers' three touchdowns led the Panthers to victory on Friday in Lexington.
Fannin County held off Banks County 30-23 on Friday in Blue Ridge.
Oconee County ran past Jackson County 42-21 on Friday in Watkinsville.
A field goal in overtime lifted Strong Rock Christian to a 10-7 victory over Riverside Military Academy Friday night in Locust Grove.
DAWSONVILLE- West Hall took a huge first step toward a Region 7-AAA playoff spot on Friday.
With the crux of his offensive and defensive schemes sitting injured on the Gainesville bench, even a dominant win over a region opponent couldn't put coach Bruce Miller in a good mood late Friday night.
Johnson's football players posed for an impromptu celebratory shot together, while Knights coach Jason Roquemore was bopping around the field after Friday's game against Riverside Military Academy at Maginnis Field in Gainesville.
JEFFERSON - After a first-possession fumble by the undefeated Jefferson Dragons on Friday night, the annual Battle of Jefferson against Jackson County had all the makings of a great rivalry game: an early turnover, a fired-up crowd and the home team looking to score quickly.
A pair of quick-strike touchdowns helped Lumpkin County take control early. Then, the Indians' ball-control offense kept them in front late.
North Oconee rolled past Chestatee 51-7 on Friday in Bogart.