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HS football notebook: 4 Hall teams on top of regions
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Region standings

Region 7-AAAAAA

    Region    Overall

Norcross    5-0    7-0

North Gwinnett    3-1    5-1

Collins Hill    3-1    4-2

Mill Creek    3-2    4-3

Peachtree Ridge    3-2    3-4

Mountain View    1-3    2-4

Duluth    1-3    2-4

Habersham Central    1-4    1-6

Meadowcreek    0-4    0-6

Region 8-AAAAA

Gainesville    5-0    6-1

Flowery Branch    5-0    5-2

Heritage    4-1    6-1

Clarke Central    3-1    3-3

Cedar Shoals    1-3    3-3

Apalachee    1-3    2-4

Salem    1-4    2-5

Loganville    0-4    1-5

Winder-Barrow    0-4    0-6

Region 8-AAAA

Monroe Area    3-0    6-0

Chestatee    3-0    5-1

Eastside    2-1    4-2

Lumpkin County    2-1    2-4

Stephens County    1-2    4-2

Lanier    1-2    3-3

Walnut Grove    0-3    1-5

Madison County    0-3    0-6

Region 7-AAA

Buford    3-0    5-1

North Hall    3-0    5-1

White County    2-1    4-2

Dawson County    2-1    4-2

West Hall    1-2    2-4

Fannin County    1-2    1-5

East Hall    0-3    2-4

Banks County    0-3    1-5

Region 8-AAA

North Oconee    3-0    5-1

Elbert County    3-0    4-2

Hart County    3-0    3-3

Jackson County    2-1    4-2

Morgan County    1-2    4-2

Franklin County    0-3    1-5

Oconee County    0-3    1-5

East Jackson    0-3    0-6

Region 8-AA

Jefferson    3-0    5-1

Washington-Wilkes    3-1    6-1

Union County    2-1    5-1

Rabun County    2-1    4-2

Oglethorpe County    2-1    4-2

Greene County    1-2    1-5

Social Circle    0-3    0-6

Riverside Military    0-4    0-6

Region 8-A

Athens Academy    2-0    6-0

George Walton    2-0    5-1

Prince Avenue Christian    2-1    6-1

Athens Christian    2-1    3-4

Pinecrest Academy    1-1    3-2

Commerce    0-3    4-3

Hebron Christian    0-3    1-5

Friday

Banks County at Fannin County

Clarke Central at Gainesville

Commerce at Athens Academy

Dawson County at Buford

Druid Hills at Johnson

Habersham at North Gwinnett

Heritage at Flowery Branch

Jackson County at Hart County

Lakeview at St. Francis

Lanier at Chestatee

Lumpkin County at Eastside

North Cobb Christian at Towns County

Riverside at Social Circle

Union County at Greene County

West Hall at East Hall

White County at North Hall

For the first time in recent memory, more than half a season has passed and four Hall County teams are still sitting atop their respective regions.

Such a scenario wasn’t possible until GHSA realignment scattered the seven Hall-based public schools to three different regions — as recently as 2009 they all competed together. Now, spread across 8-AAAAA, 8-AAAA and 7-AAA, Hall County teams own at least a share of the top spot in each region, and two are tied with each other for first place.

Gainesville and Flowery Branch, who battled for the region championship and in the Class AAA state semifinals in 2009, are now reunited in Region 8-AAAAA and could be on another title-deciding collision course. The Falcons have won five straight since region play began, tying them for first place in the region with the seventh-ranked Red Elephants, who have won six in a row since an opening week loss to West Forsyth (No. 5 in Class AAAAAA).

But before they meet in the regular season finale on Nov. 9, both teams have crucial games in front of them. Flowery Branch hosts Heritage on Friday, then travels to Clarke Central the following week; the Falcons finished last season in a three-way tie with the Patriots and Gladiators for the Region 8-AAAA championship.

Gainesville, which handed Heritage its only loss this season, hosts Clarke Central on Friday.

Elsewhere in Northeast Georgia, two former region rivals are staking their own claims on postseason berths, and possibly more.

North Hall is punishing its Region 7-AAA foes thus far, rushing for 375 yards or more in three consecutive weeks, and is tied with Buford for the top spot. Meanwhile, Chestatee is doling out similar stats en route to an unbeaten record in Region 8-AAAA. The War Eagles are tied with Monroe Area at the top the region, thanks to a ground game that is averaging 388 yards per game since league play began.

The Trojans face a big game against White County this week. The Warriors were dealt their first region loss to Buford on Friday and need a win over North Hall to seize second place. A North Hall win would keep the Trojans on pace for their Nov. 9 showdown with Buford.

Chestatee will play host to Lanier this week.

DRAGONS BREATHING FIRE: Also in first place is Jefferson, and the Dragons are showing no signs of slowing down.

After an opening week loss to rival Commerce, Jefferson has won five straight, including wins over North Hall and then-No. 7 Washington-Wilkes. Rabun County, which entered Friday’s game tied with the Dragons for first in Region 8-AA, is Jefferson’s latest victim.

After a 55-7 win over the Wildcats, the Dragons are now averaging 49.3 points per game in region play.

WILSON COMES BACK STRONG: If the Buford offense seemed to be missing some of its renowned punch early this season, there could be multiple reasons why.

The Wolves were breaking in numerous new starters on the offensive line and were faced with a tough nonregion schedule.

They were also missing Dontravious Wilson.

The senior running back was injured in the first half of the season opener against Elbert County and missed the Wolves’ game against Gainesville. Since then, the 215-pounder is making up for lost time.

After a 210-yard outing in Buford’s 49-14 win over White County on Friday, Wilson has run for 200 yards in back-to-back games. He’s gained 661 yards on 49 carries (13.5 avg.) since returning from injury and has 698 yards on the season in 4.5 games.

Wilson, who rose in prominence late last season, has a handful of scholarship offers and is verbally committed to Western Kentucky.

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