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.
White County rolled past Habersham Central 31-0 on Friday in the season opener for both teams.
Jackson County rallied to defeat Winder-Barrow 21-10 on Friday night.
North Hall at Chestatee
Commerce defeated Jefferson for the first time in five meetings on Friday in Commerce, winning 22-7.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Flowery Branch coach Chris Griffin saw his team's potential in a tight first half against No. 2 Northside-Warner Robins.
In front of packed crowd at Jock Horner Field in Gainesville, the Lakeview Lions cruised to their first victory of the season 32-12 over the Fellowship Christian Palladians on Friday night.
Gainesville High football coach Bruce Miller has thought for a long time that the Red Elephants have one of the top stadiums in the state.
Gainesville's 2011 season could have hardly started with an uglier opening game - a 49-0 loss to Buford.
Marcus Dupree is widely considered one of the greatest high school football players who ever lived.
Georgia Prep Football Poll
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.
Flowery Branch earned its first Region 8-AAAAA victory of the season on Friday, beating Cedar Shoals 17-7 in Athens.
Stephens County kept North Hall winless with a 48-19 win Friday in Toccoa.
Tae Turner's five touchdowns powered Lakeview Academy to its first region win in school history, a 38-3 victory over Providence Christian on Friday at Jock Hornor Field in Gainesville.
Habersham Centrall fell on the road Friday to Alpharetta 52-3 as the Raiders continue to struggle in Region 7-AAAAAA, falling to 0-5 on the year.
George Walton defeated Towns County 48-28 as ihe Indians fell to 1-4 on Friday in Monroe.
Union County ran up a 52-19 win over Social Circle on Friday in Blairsville.
Commerce defeated Athens Christian 10-7 on Friday in Athens.
Franklin County held off Banks County 22-21 on Friday night in Homer.
BETHLEHEM - Gainesville coach Bruce Miller hit a big milestone Friday night.
BUFORD - Buford opened Region 8-AAAA play with a 42-10 victory over White County at home on Friday night.
CARROLLTON - It took a little longer than he anticipated, but Ed Dudley has registered victory No. 1 as the head coach of the Carrollton High School football team.