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This week: Region champions in football will be crowned
State cross country meet is Saturday in Carrollton
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Friday’s games

High school football

Flowery Branch at Clarke Central

Prince Avenue at Riverside Military

Rockdale County at Habersham Central

Social Circle at Commerce

Towns County at Hebron Christian

Lumpkin County at West Hall

White County at Walnut Grove

Chestatee at Johnson

Hart County at Union County

Jackson County at Rabun County

Region 8-AAA championship

Stephens County at Gainesville

Region 8-AAA play-in games

North Hall at Monroe Area

Region 6-AA championship

Buford at Blessed Trinity

Region 8-AA championship

North Oconee at Banks County

Region 8-AA play-in games

Jefferson at Dawson County

Elbert County at East Hall

All games start at 7:30 p.m.


The high school football regular season is nearing its end, but no week has a bigger collection of games than this.

On Friday, region titles, playoff berths and pride will be on the line when the area teams kick off for their final week before playoff action.

In Region 8-AAAA, Flowery Branch will face Clarke Central to determine the region champion for the second year in a row. Last year, the Falcons lost the game.

They will look for a different result this year as they try to win their first region title in school history.

In the same region, Habersham Central will battle for a playoff berth against Rockdale County. With a win, the Raiders will clinch a spot.
Region 8-AAA features a competitive matchup for a region title between Stephens County and Gainesville. Gainesville will be trying to win its fourth consecutive region title.

Elsewhere in the region, North Hall will face Monroe Area in a Region 8-AAA play-in game. The winner will go to the state playoffs.

Both Buford and Banks County will play for region championships in Region 6-AA and Region 8-AA, respectively. Buford is pursuing its fifth straight state title, while Banks County is looking for its first region title in school history.

Also in Region 8-AA, Jefferson faces Dawson County and East Hall hosts Elbert County in play-in games that will determine playoff berths.

CROSS COUNTRY: Area cross country teams will run in the state championship meet on Saturday at Carrollton Elementary in Carrollton.

Class AAA will feature both boys and girls teams from North Hall, West Hall and White County advanced to the state meet, while Chestatee will send just the girls.

While her team did not qualify for state, Gainesville runner Sara Hayes' individual finish was enough to put her through.

In Class AAAA, Flowery Branch advances both its girls and boys teams for the ninth consecutive year.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: After defeating Florida for the first time since 2007, Georgia will put its six-game winning streak on the line at home against New Mexico State on Saturday.

Georgia Tech rebounded against Clemson to end a two-game losing streak, and will try to make it two in a row against Virginia Tech on Saturday. The game will be played at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta and will be broadcast on ESPN. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m.

ATLANTA FALCONS: The Falcons come off their bye week to take on the struggling Indianapolis Colts on the road on Sunday. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.

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