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High school football notebook: Lofton inducted in East Hall's Hall of Fame
8 of 9 Hall schools won on Friday
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Friday's games

Football

Chestatee at Lumpkin County, 7:30 p.m.

Duluth at Habersham Central, 7:30 p.m.

East Hall at Banks County, 7:30 p.m.

Fannin County at Buford, 7:30 p.m.

Flowery Branch at Clarke Central, 7:30 p.m.

Glascock County at Riverside, 7:30 p.m.

Jackson County at Oconee County, 7:30 p.m.

Jefferson at Social Circle, 7:30 p.m.

Johnson at Pickens, 7:30 p.m.

North Cobb Christian at Lakeview, 7:30 p.m.

North Hall at West Hall, 7;30 p.m.

St. Francis at Towns County, 7:30 p.m.

Union County at Rabun County, 7:30 p.m.

White County at Dawson County, 7:30 p.m.

Hebron Christian at Commerce, 8 p.m.

Twenty-six years after he coached his final game on the East Hall sidelines, Jim Lofton is now enshrined as a member of the school’s Hall of Fame.

Lofton, who was honored at halftime of Friday night’s game, coached eight years with the Vikings from 1979 through 1986.

He won 62 games during that time, leading the Vikings to five playoff appearances — including the 1982 state semifinals — and no losing seasons.

“It feels good to be in the East Hall High School Hall of Fame,” said Lofton, who also coached at Dykes, Jefferson, North Hall and Greater Atlanta Christian. “I am honored to be a part of this school’s history.”

In 34 years coaching in Georgia, Lofton amassed a record of 234-122-8.

HECK OF A NIGHT IN HALL COUNTY: Friday night produced some of the most entertaining games of the season thus far, with two finishing in overtime, multiple come-from-behind rallies and a handful that came down to the final moments.

It was especially fun for Hall County teams, who went 8-1 on the night.

West Hall took the only loss of the night, and it came at the hands of a Hall County rival, as East Hall rallied from a two-touchdown hole to win in overtime on a daring two-point conversion, 28-27.

Chestatee, which has now won six straight for the first time in school history, was also victorious in OT, edging Lanier, 43-36. The win keeps the War Eagles spotless in region play with only three weeks left in the regular season.

Like East Hall, Riverside Military got aggressive when it had a chance to tie the game late against Social Circle.

Gary Downs decided to eschew the extra point kick and go for the win on a two-point conversion, and the call netted Downs his first career win as a head coach as the Eagles topped the Redskins, 34-33.

Both Flowery Branch and Gainesville overcame early deficits to remain tied for first place in Region 8-AAAAA.

After trailing by 21 points in the first half, Flowery Branch scored four touchdowns in a little more than four minutes in the third quarter to knock off Heritage, 35-27.

Gainesville’s rally was less dramatic, but no less impressive, as the Red Elephants brushed aside an early 21-7 disadvantage and cruised past Clarke Central, 49-28.

Compared with the rest of the county, North Hall, Johnson and Lakeview Academy had it easy.

North rushed for 398 yards en route to a resounding 42-7 win over White County; a year after going winless, Johnson got four touchdowns from Cedric Harris to win its fifth game of season, 42-15, over Druid Hills; and

Lakeview clinched at least a .500 record for the third straight season as the Lions rolled over St. Francis, 35-0.

BUFORD STILL STREAKING: Buford’s loss to Gainesville early this season brought an end to some impressive winning streaks for the Wolves. It was the first regular season loss since early 2010 and the first regular season loss at home since 2000.

But Buford has made a habit of winning when it counts. The Wolves have reeled off five straight wins since the Gainesville game and are unbeaten and tied with North Hall for first place in Region 7-AAA.

The view from the top is nothing new for Buford, which won back-to-back region titles and 10 of the last 11 before moving up to Class AAA. Dating back to early 2009, the Wolves have now won 18 consecutive region games.

Buford appears to be headed for a season-finale showdown with North Hall. Before they get to the Trojans, the Wolves will host Fannin County on Friday and play at East Hall on Nov. 2.

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