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Prep football notebook: Playoff spots still up for grabs
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The playoff picture in Region 7A-AAA is a bit more up for grabs after Friday night’s results.

North Hall (7-0, 2-0), Class AAA’s fourth-ranked team, sits in a tie with Lumpkin County (5-2, 2-0) at the top after its 68-6 drilling of Gilmer at the Brickyard. Lumpkin County defeated East Hall Friday night in Valhalla.

There will be a clear-cut No. 1 in Region 7A-AAA after North Hall and Lumpkin County play this Friday night at the Brickyard.

White County, Chestatee and Gilmer are all in a tie for third place with 1-1 records in the subregion. However, the Warriors (5-3, 1-1) have any tie-breaker advantage over the War Eagles (5-2, 1-1) after winning 35-21 Friday night.

Falcons and Knights on top

Flowery Branch (6-1, 1-0) and Johnson (3-4, 1-0) are the two top teams in the 7B-AAA subregion. The Knights wiped out a four-game losing streak with a win in its subregion opener, 34-18, against West Hall at Billy Ellis Memorial Friday.

Flowery Branch had its bye last week.

Johnson looks to stay on top of the subregion against Gainesville (5-3, 1-1) on Friday night in Oakwood. The Knights defeated Gainesville last season at City Park.

Flowery Branch plays host to Pickens Friday night at The Branch.

Gainesville is currently tied with West Hall with a 1-1 record in the subregion.

Pickens is the only team out of playoff contention in Region 7B-AAA with an 0-2 record.

On a roll

The Lakeview Academy football team (6-0) maintained its undefeated record in its final season playing a junior varsity schedule. The Lions had touchdowns from Dalton Munday and Angus Ferguson against Pace Academy Friday night.

Lakeview has played three varsity games this season and will wrap up the season Thursday against Pickens JV.

Next season, Lakeview Academy will make the move to a varsity schedule. Their region will be determined by the GHSA.

Record breakers

Gainesville’s 77 points against Pickens last Friday night was a new school record. The Red Elephants’ previous record was 63 points against Chestatee set in 2003 and 2006.

Gainesville has only scored 60 or more points seven times in the school’s history.

North Hall also broke its school record for points in a game Friday night, putting up 68 in a win over Glimer.

The Trojans’ old record of 57 points was set in 2003 (57-21 win over East Hall) and tied in 2004 (57-37 win over White County).

Livingston out of the hospital

Chestatee High junior defensive back Scott Livingston was released from the hospital late Friday night after spraining his neck against White County. He will be evaluated next week to see if he can play Friday night, according to War Eagles coach Stan Luttrell.

"It is a scary thing to have happen, because we’ve never dealt with something like that before" Luttrell said.

Livingston had on interception in the War Eagles 35-21 loss to White County last Friday night.

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