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This Week: Local programs aiming for cross country state titles
Chestatee boys, girls both enter as region champions
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The high school state cross country meet for Classes AA-AAAAAA is Saturday in Carrollton, and the Chestatee boys and girls Region 8-AAAA championship teams will be among the first to get going.

The Class AAAA boys get the day started when they set off from the starting line at 8:30 a.m., and the girls will follow at 9:15 a.m.

The Johnson boys and Lumpkin County girls are running as well in Class AAAA.

The Class AA boys, including the 8-AA championship team from Riverside Military Academy, are scheduled to run at 10 a.m. The girls in this classification will follow at 10:45 a.m.

After the Class AAAAAA races, the Flowery Branch boys will get the chance to win a second consecutive state title when the Class AAAAA boys race begins at 1 p.m. Gainesville’s boys will also be running.

The Lady Falcons, second in Region 8-AAAAA, will get their chance at improving on a second place state finish last season when the girls race at 1:45. Gainesville’s Breanna Fair is also running individually after finishing sixth at region.

The day finishes with Class AAA, starting with the boys race at 2:30 p.m., and a chance for the Region 7-AAA champion North Hall boys to try for a state title after finishing second by one point last season. West Hall, Buford and Dawson County, which finished 2-3-4, respectively, at region, will also be running.

The girls race, starting at 3:15, will include Region 7-AAA champion White County, led by individual region champ Jenna Gearing. Also in the race will be North Hall, West Hall and Dawson County.

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: The biggest game in Hall County this Friday will be at Falcon Field in Flowery Branch, where former 7-AAA opponents and county rivals Gainesville and Flowery Branch meet to decide the 8-AAAAA title.

The Falcons (7-2, 7-0) will be looking for their first No. 1 seed in program history, while the Red Elephants (7-2, 6-1) will be looking for a fifth straight region title and first in Class AAAAA.

Another area matchup, North Hall at Buford, would have been for the Region 7-AAA title if not for Buford forfeiting two region wins for playing an academically ineligible player two weeks ago.

The Trojans have already clinched the title, but players and coaches have said they still want to win it on the field. The Wolves, meanwhile, need a win to secure the No. 2 seed out of the region.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Georgia and Georgia Tech hit the road Saturday, both coming off big wins, Georgia over Ole Miss, 37-10, and Georgia Tech over Maryland, 33-13.

The Bulldogs (8-1, 6-1 Southeastern Conference) visit Auburn at 7 p.m. in Auburn, Ala., and the game can be seen on ESPN2.

The Yellow Jackets (4-5, 3-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) play North Carolina in Chapel Hill, with a game time to be announced.

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