Flowery Branch will open the season as the only Hall County football team ranked in the GaSports.com Coaches Poll, which was released Tuesday.
The Falcons, who are ranked No. 6 in Class AAA, return eight starters from last season’s Region 7-AAA runner-up. They’ll open the season at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Stephens County, the 10th-ranked team in Class AAA.
In Class AA, defending state champ Buford is No. 1, and Habersham Central is No. 5 in Class AAAA following its second straight 8-AAAA title in 2007.
Buford opens the season on Saturday against Mansfield Timberview (Texas) at Texas Stadium in Dallas.
Habersham Central will travel to take on region foe Cedar Shoals on Friday night.