There were a few eye-raising scorelines on Friday night, as area teams completed week 6 of prep football action -- including an extremely impressive victory in Jefferson.
There were some too-close-for-comfort moments for Gainesville and Flowery Branch on Friday night, but both teams pulled through for Region 8-AAAAA victories on the road -- the Red Elephants fending off Cedar Shoals 42-23 and the Falcons coming from behind to beat Apalachee 30-20.
(NOTE: Scroll down to see video highlights of three area contests: Chestatee at Johnson, Washington-Wilkes at Jefferson and Rabun County at Riverside Military.)
Yet perhaps the biggest win of the night came at Memorial Stadium in Jefferson, as the Dragons torched No. 7 Washington-Wilkes 31-0. Jefferson scored early and fended off the previously undefeated Tigers for their biggest win of the campaign, moving to 2-0 in Region 8-AA.
The victory set up yet another big 8-AA showdown next week, as the Dragons travel to face Rabun County -- which is also undefeated in league play after pushing past Riverside Military 42-20 in Gainesville.
Meanwhile, fellow region rival Union County also moved to 1-1 in 8-AA play, knocking off Oglethorpe County to stay in the postseason race.
Region 7-AAA produced some lopsided results on Friday, with Dawson County thumping Banks County 45-9, North Hall squashing East Hall 60-12 and Buford blasted West Hall 61-0.
Elsewhere, Jackson County moved to 4-2 on the campaign with a 32-29 victory at Franklin County, while Commerce dropped its second straight, 19-14 to Athens Christian.
Be sure to check our sports and high school sports pages for game stories and video highlights of tonight's games. Also, scroll down for area scores.
AREA FOOTBALL FINALS, OCT. 5
Athens Christian 19, Commerce 14
Buford 61, West Hall 0
Chestatee 36, Johnson 26
Copper Basin, Tenn. 52, Towns County 34
Dawson County 45, Banks County 9
Flowery Branch 30, Apalachee 20
Gainesville 42, Cedar Shoals 23
Jackson County 32, Franklin County 29
Jefferson 31, Washington-Wilkes 0
Mill Creek 55, Meadowcreek 6
Norcross 55, Habersham Central 0
North Hall 60, East Hall 12
Rabun County 42, Riverside Military 20
Union County 21, Oglethorpe County 14
VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS, OCT. 5
Johnson vs Chestatee
Jefferson vs Washington-Wilkes
Riverside vs Rabun County