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Chestatee, East Hall both looking to get back on track with Region 8-4A football matchup coming Friday
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Chestatee quarterback Luke Bornhorst slips away from West Hall's Travion Mcdowell Friday, Sept. 10, 2021, during their first half of their game at War Eagle Stadium. - photo by Scott Rogers

It’s still the early stage of region football play. 

The playoffs are still within reach for almost everyone. 

However, Chestatee (2-3, 0-1) and East Hall (1-5, 0-2) both desperately want to get back on track when they face one another Friday in Gainesville. 

Even with two region losses, the Vikings have already faced top-ranked Jefferson (6-0, 2-0) and have four more games left to get in the top four for the postseason. 

And the War Eagles have lost two straight but have five region contests remaining in 2021. 

So, it’s not time to panic for either program. 

But both are certainly eager to get back in the win column. 

For Chestatee coach Shaun Conley, he has an acronym that carries his program, which is BLEED: Body Language, Energy, Effort and Details. 

“We have to focus on us and what makes us successful as a team,” he said. “Those are the things that makes us successful, both on and off the field.”

Despite a 63-0 loss to No. 1 Jefferson, East Hall maintains a prolific offense, led by senior quarterback Clete Cooper (1,035 yards passing) and running back Marcus Holmberg (505 yards). 

Meanwhile, the ground-attack of Chestatee was working well in a pair of wins against Union County and West Hall, averaging 42 points per game. 

Leading the way for the War Eagles is a backfield with Jason Granados (317 yards, four TDs), Elijah Pruitt (151 yards) and Adriel Vargas (68 yards). 

Despite some early-season momentum, it stopped for Chestatee with a last-second 23-21 loss to North Hall. 

East Hall’s lone victory came against Johnson, 49-35, on Sept. 10. 

Tied 35-all late, the Vikings struck for two late scores to secure the win. 

Currently, Jefferson, Cedar Shoals and North Oconee are all 2-0 in Region 8-4A. 

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