There were plenty of surprises in area prep football on Friday night -- mostly for the fact that a number of big showdowns turned out lopsided -- save one.
After last week's thrilling, 57-56 double overtime win over Eastside, Chestatee showed it had plenty left in the tank, as the War Eagles traveled to Toccoa and knocked off previously undefeated and fifth-ranked Stephens County 24-20.
After last week's offensive explosion, the War Eagles showed they can play some defense too, hemming up the Indians' explosive rushing attack -- and taking the driver's seat in the playoff race in Region 8-AAAA in the process.
Meanwhile, in two games that were expected to be four-quarter slugfests, Gainesville and North Hall showed that they are hitting their peaks in their respective regions, as the Red Elephants stomped Heritage 42-14 and the Trojans demolished Dawson County 47-14.
Gainesville gave the Patriots their first loss of 2012 while hanging twice the amount of points Heritage had given up through four prior games.
North Hall, meanwhile, rolled to a 34-0 lead in the first half to firmly wash away memories of their last game -- a 27-21 loss to Jefferson on Sept. 14.
Elsewhere, Lumpkin County pulled off an 80-yard scoring drive to clinch its first win of the season, 13-12 at Walnut Grove, while Buford hammered Banks County 63-0. Flowery Branch also improved to 3-0 in Region 8-AAAAA with a relatively easy 35-16 defeat of Salem.
Even without a couple of key starters, White County proved too much for East Hall, 41-12, in Cleveland, while Fannin County blitzed West Hall for its first win of the season, 31-8 in Oakwood. Rabun County also bounced back from a tough loss last week for a 49-23 win at Social Circle.
On the other side of the equation, Commerce dropped its first game of the year, 26-15 at George Walton, while North Oconee pounded Jackson County 35-6, and North Forsyth came up short at Lambert, 21-7. Athens Academy also proved too much for Lakeview 21-6, while Habersham Central and Riverside Military also remained winless.
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AREA PREP FOOTBALL SCORES, Sept. 28
Athens Academy 21, Lakeview Academy 6
Buford 63, Banks County 0
Chestatee 24, Stephens County 20
Elbert County 42, East Jackson 2
Fannin County 31, West Hall 8
Flowery Branch 35, Salem 16
Gainesville 42, Heritage 14
George Walton 26, Commerce 15
Jefferson 62, Greene County 26
Lambert 21, North Forsyth 7
Lumpkin County 13, Walnut Grove 12
Norcross 49, Mill Creek 41
North Hall 47, Dawson County 14
North Oconee 35, Jackson County 6
Oglethorpe County 31, Riverside Military Academy 12
Peachtree Ridge 30, Habersham Central 7
Rabun County 49, Social Circle 23
Washington-Wilkes 36, Union County 0
White County 41, East Hall 12