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High school football: Flowery Branch dominates Chestatee, locks up No. 2 spot to Class 4A playoffs
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Flowery Branch tight end Baxley O'Brien runs over a Gainesville High defender Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, during the first half of their game at The Branch. - photo by Scott Rogers

BY COLLIN STURCHIO

For The Times

Flowery Branch struck early and often Friday, taking down Chestatee 61-20 to lock up the No. 2 seed to the state playoffs out of Region 8-4A. 

The Falcons (7-2, 4-1 Region 8-4A) scored right away when junior quarterback David Renard found the end zone on a 64-yard run. 

Sophomore running back Myles Ivey and senior Jaizen Ellingham added touchdowns in the first half, pushing Flowery Branch out to a 42-6 halftime lead. 

Also in the opening half, Connor Larson had a 20-yard touchdown grab on a pass from Renard. 

After thee touchdown grabs last week, Ryan Lusco added a scoring catch in the first half for the Falcons. 

Malik Dyrden had a rushing and receiving touchdown for the Falcons. 

Flowery Branch entered the night needing to win to lock up the coveted second seed to the playoffs, as a result of North Oconee’s forefit to Jefferson, due to a positive test for coronavirus. As a result, the second-ranked Dragons wrapped up the region championship. 

The Falcons owned any tiebreaker against the Titans, after winning the 42-35 double overtime head-to-head matchup last month. For Chestatee (0-9, 0-5), Hunter Fouche had a pair of touchdowns. 

Up next, Flowery Branch wraps up the regular season against East Hall on Nov. 20 in Gainesville .

Chestatee wraps up the season against Cedar Shoals on Nov. 20 in Gainesville. 

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