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Lakeview's Turner brings spark to running game

Tae Turner is glad he followed through with his decision to play football for Lakeview Academy, even though it wasn’t his first sport or an automatic decision when he enrolled last year from Chattahoochee High.

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West Hall run attack tramples Dawson County, 26-3

West Hall run attack tramples Dawson County, 26-3

DAWSONVILLE— West Hall took a huge first step toward a Region 7-AAA playoff spot on Friday.

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Gainesville tops Heritage 47-13 but loses star RB to injury

Gainesville tops Heritage 47-13 but loses star RB to injury

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.

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Johnson gets into win column, tops Riverside 16-7

Johnson gets into win column, tops Riverside 16-7

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.

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Jefferson starts slow, rebounds to blast Jackson 34-7

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.

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Lumpkin builds lead, holds off East Hall 38-35

Lumpkin builds lead, holds off East Hall 38-35

A pair of quick-strike touchdowns helped Lumpkin County take control early. Then, the Indians’ ball-control offense kept them in front late.

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Road is unkind in Chestatee's 51-7 loss at North Oconee

North Oconee rolled past Chestatee 51-7 on Friday in Bogart.

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Flowery Branch tops Cedar Shoals, 17-7

Flowery Branch earned its first Region 8-AAAAA victory of the season on Friday, beating Cedar Shoals 17-7 in Athens.

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North Hall falls at Stephens County, 48-19

Stephens County kept North Hall winless with a 48-19 win Friday in Toccoa.

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Turner's 5 TDs spark Lakeview over Providence, 38-3

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.

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Alpharetta too much for Habersham Central, 52-3

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.

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Towns County falls to George Walton Academy, 48-28

George Walton defeated Towns County 48-28 as ihe Indians fell to 1-4 on Friday in Monroe.

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Union County stays unbeaten, tops Social Circle 52-19

Union County ran up a 52-19 win over Social Circle on Friday in Blairsville.

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Commerce slips past Athens Christian 10-7

Commerce defeated Athens Christian 10-7 on Friday in Athens.

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Banks County edged by Franklin County 22-21

Franklin County held off Banks County 22-21 on Friday night in Homer.

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Heritage test looms large for Gainesville

High above the posters, letters and plaques of Gainesville teams gone by, a lone football sits in a case near the door in coach Bruce Miller’s office.

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HS Football Previews: Week 5

Flowery Branch at Cedar Shoals

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Lumpkin County's Matthews steps up in new role

Ty Maxwell knew Zach Matthews would be an important player for him. The Lumpkin County football coach just didn’t realize it would be in the role he filled the last two weeks.

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Gainesville's Miller still enjoys job he was 'made to do'

Gainesville's Miller still enjoys job he was 'made to do'

The sign at the edge of Gainesville High School’s football practice field reads, “Bruce Miller Field. A Field of Champions.”

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Miller gets 200th win as Elephants rout Apalachee, 48-7

Miller gets 200th win as Elephants rout Apalachee, 48-7

BETHLEHEM — Gainesville coach Bruce Miller hit a big milestone Friday night.

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Wolves dominate Homecoming, beat Warriors 42-10

Wolves dominate Homecoming, beat Warriors 42-10

BUFORD — Buford opened Region 8-AAAA play with a 42-10 victory over White County at home on Friday night.

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North Hall can't crack Carrollton's defense, falls 46-10

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.

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Jackson County stops shorthanded Vikings, 31-6

With Devin Watson in shorts on the sideline Friday night, East Hall didn’t have the firepower to keep up with Jackson County.

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Turnovers doom Falcons in 35-16 loss to Heritage

Turnovers doom Falcons in 35-16 loss to Heritage

Flowery Branch made a number of costly mistakes Friday against Heritage.

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Our Lady shows no mercy in 42-35 win over Lumpkin

Lumpkin County lost a tight contest on the road to Our Lady of Mercy on Friday, 42-35 in Fayetteville.

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Commerce tops Athens Academy in thriller, 27-20

Commerce used late heroics to pull out a 27-20 victory over Athens Academy on Friday at Ray Lamb Stadium.

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Banks County off to 3-1 start, tops North Cobb Christian 24-8

After an 0-10 season in 2013, Banks County is finally getting used to being back in the win column.

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Johnson can't hold off Pickens, 49-6

Johnson lost its fifth game in as many outings this season, falling to unbeaten Pickens 49-6 on Friday night in Oakwood.

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Riverside Academy falls at Rabun County, 24-3

Running backs Brandon Grant and Chris Howard combined for 102 yards off of nine carries, but their efforts couldn’t stop a 24-3 Rabun County victory over Riverside Academy Friday night.

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HS Football Previews: Week 4

Gainesville at Apalachee

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East Hall, Jackson County vie for momentum ahead of region play

East Hall, Jackson County vie for momentum ahead of region play

Momentum is a precious commodity in high school football.

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Gainesville rides the lightning, tops Winder-Barrow 46-6

Gainesville rides the lightning, tops Winder-Barrow 46-6

Gainesville’s senior quarterback Mikey Gonzalez was electric all night in Friday’s 46-6 win against Winder-Barrow — before and after a 70-minute weather delay due to lightning around City Park Stadium in Gainesville.

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Falcons let lead slip away, fall 27-12 to Lanier

SUGAR HILL — The Flowery Branch Falcons couldn’t build on an early lead Friday night and the Lanier Longhorns wore them down and pulled away late to win 27-12.

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Chestatee runs past Pepperell, 24-19

Tray Bryant paced Chestatee with 154 rushing yards in a 24-19 win over Pepperell on Friday in Lindale.

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Dragons dominate rival Commerce, 28-3

JEFFERSON—When it comes to the Battle of the Bridge rivalry between the Jefferson Dragons and Commerce Tigers, Jefferson head coach Ben Hall said you could throw both teams’ undefeated records out the window.

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Lumpkin County holds off Knights, 14-3

DAHLONEGA — In a battle of teams going for their first victory, Lumpkin County scored a 14-3 nonregion win over Johnson at The Burial Grounds on Friday night.

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Spartans end 12-year drought by beating Trojans 38-0

Spartans end 12-year drought by beating Trojans 38-0

It would be hard to blame West Hall head coach Tony Lotti if he felt a little conflicted after the Spartans’ 38-0 handling of county rival North Hall on Friday night.

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Dawson County falls at Heritage-Ringgold, 10-6

Dawson County lost a tight contest Friday to Heritage-Ringgold, 10-6 in Ringgold

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White County bests Pace Academy, 31-17

White County defeated Pace Academy 31-17 on Friday night in Cleveland

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Union County hammers Andrews, 49-20

Union County defeated Andrews, N.C., m 49-20 on Friday night in Blairsville.

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Lakeview drops road game at Towns County, 14-6

Towns County defeated Lakeview Academy 14-6 on Friday night in Hiawassee.

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Rabun County defeats Jackson County, 34-21

Rabun County rode a strong offensive night to a 34-21 victory Friday over Jackson County in Tiger.

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South Forsyth tops Habersham Central, 49-7

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Riverside falls at Hapeville Charter, 15-14

Hapeville Charter defeated Riverside Military Academy 15-14 on Friday in Hapeville.

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Banks County rolls over East Jackson, 43-0

Demetrious Walker rushed for 115 yards on 15 carries and scored three touchdowns in Banks County’s 43-0 dominating victory Friday night over East Jackson in Homer.

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Banks County ends drought, tops Johnson 28-24

Banks County earned its first victory since October 2012, beating Johnson 28-24 Friday in a back-and-forth game in Oakwood.

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Jefferson rolls past North Hall, 48-8

Jefferson rolls past North Hall, 48-8

Jefferson freshman phenom running back Colby Wood is quickly making a name for himself with a tenacious running style, much more assertive than most young running backs.

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Buford lands last punch, tops McEachern 27-20

Buford lands last punch, tops McEachern 27-20

BUFORD — The Buford Wolves fell behind three times Friday night, but they didn’t blink.

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Spartans pound the ground, blast Chestatee 31-0

Spartans pound the ground, blast Chestatee 31-0

West Hall’s Tony Lotti didn’t want his players to get too high on themselves after soundly defeating county rival Chestatee 31-0 Friday night.

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Warriors pick their way past Jackson County, 34-26

JEFFERSON — Friday night was a battle of two completely different offenses: White County operates by ground, Jackson County by air.

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Commerce rides Brooks past Hebron Christian, 36-14

Commerce quarterback Caleb Brooks powered the Tigers to a 36-14 win over Hebron Christian Academy on Friday in Commerce.

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Habersham Central shut out by Northview, 41-0

Habersham Central suffered a 41-0 shutout loss to Northview in Region 7-AAAAAA play Friday in Duluth.

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Union County rolls over Lumpkin County, 28-7

Union County improved to 2-0 with Friday’s 28-7 win over Lumpkin County in Dahlonega.

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Gilmer blanks Dawson County, 23-0

Gilmer shut out Dawson County 23-0 on Friday in Dawsonville.

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Lakeview Academy loses at St. Francis, 45-10

Lakeview Academy fell on the road to St. Francis 45-10 on Friday in Alpharetta.

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East Hall falls to Pickens, 38-10

East Hall fell to 0-2 with Friday night’s 38-10 loss to Pickens in Jasper.

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Dragons throttle Winder-Barrow, 41-7

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.

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East Jackson holds off Lakeview in defensive duel, 13-6

COMMERCE — After last Friday’s loss, East Jackson Eagles’ head coach Gary Hughes said his team had to limit turnovers to stay in games.

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Madison County rallies past Jackson County, 27-21

Madison County scored 20 unanswered points in the second half to overcome Jackson County 27-21 on Friday in Jefferson.

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Forsyth Central bests Dawson County 27-7

After 11 straight seasons of futility in season openers, Forsyth Central finally started the schedule off on the right foot.

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Buford spreads around the offense in 56-0 win

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.

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Defense lifts Riverside over Fellowship Christian, 20-10

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.

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Junior RB sparks West Hall past Johnson 28-0

Junior RB sparks West Hall past Johnson 28-0

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.

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Flowery Branch blanks Chestatee, 29-0

Flowery Branch blanks Chestatee, 29-0

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.

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Gainesville drops opener at Grayson, 39-0

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.

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Habersham Central falls to Rabun County, 23-14

Rabun County held off Habersham Central 23-14 in the season-opener on Friday in Tiger.

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Union County rolls past Towns County, 57-14

Union County stormed past Towns County 57-14 win in the season opener on Friday in Hiawassee.

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Commerce holds off Banks County, 28-21

Commerce defeated Banks County 28-21 on Friday in the season opener for both teams in Commerce.

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Pickens tops White County 42-34

Pickens outlasted White County 42-34 in a wild offensive shootout Friday in Cleveland.

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East Hall beats Wesleyan, 20-13

East Hall battled its way to a 20-13 win over Wesleyan in the season opener on Friday in Peachtree Corners.

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