Thursday October 27th, 2016 8:51AM

Week 3: North Hall, North Gwinnett impress -- GHS and Branch bounce back

By Morgan Lee Sports Editor
VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS: Gainesville 68, Winder-Barrow 0

Gainesville vs Winder Barrow from WDUN TV on Vimeo.

VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS: Flowery Branch 39, Cedar Shoals 25

Flowery Branch vs Cedar Shoals from WDUN TV on Vimeo.

VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS: North Hall 41, Jefferson 34 North Hall at Jefferson from WDUN TV on Vimeo.

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North Hall made a statement with its ground game, while North Gwinnett simoply made a statement on Friday, as week 3 of high school football produced another big night of results.

The Bulldogs let it be known that the road through Region 7-AAAAAA runs through Suwanee, rolling past defending Class AAAAAA champ Norcross 36-17 on the road. North Gwinnett quarterback Hayden Sphire finished 20 of 30 passing for 297 yards and four TDs.

North Hall also knocked off a defending state champ, edging reigning Class AA victor Jefferson in a 41-34 shootout that saw the Trojans rush for 422 yards to outdo the Dragons' 20-point fourth quarter push. North Hall moved to 3-0, while Jefferson took its first loss of the campaign.

Meanwhile, Flowery Branch showed it is still very much at the head of the class in Region 8-AAAAA, as the Falcons bounced back from an 0-2 start to knock off Cedar Shoals 39-25 behind a huge night rushing from Jemon Randolph (201 yards).

Also in 8-AAAAA, Gainesville had a "get right" game against Winder-Barrow, shaking off last week's defeat at the hands of Buford with a dominating 68-0 win. The victory saw Red Elephants quarterback Deshaun Watson surpass the 10,000 yards mark for career passing -- the only signal caller in Georgia history to do so.

Speaking of Buford, the Wolves ran wild over Hancock Central at home, showing no signs of a letdown in a 63-0 shutout.

Elsewhere, East Hall put up an offensive explosion, torching East Jackson in a 67-37 victory -- the Vikings' highest scoring output since 2002.

Cross-county and region rival West Hall also had a big night, stuffing Lumpkin County 49-21 in Dahlonega. The Spartans moved to 2-1 with the non-region win, moving a victory away from matching last season's win total.

Fellow Region 7-AAA competitor White County also kept on rolling, moving to 3-0 and 1-0 in 7-AAA with a 48-13 destruction of Fannin County that included 472 rush yards for the Warriors. Also from 7-AAA, Dawson County edged out Forsyth Central 23-20 to rebound from last week's loss.

Two teams from Region 8-AA also had big nights, as Rabun County (2-0) flattened Towns County 55-13, holding the Indians to just 155 yards in the process. Rival Union County also moved to 2-1 on the season, pulling away from Andrews, N.C., 34-6.

North Forsyth also moved to 3-0 on the season, answering a charge from Cherokee to win 34-27, while Mill Creek is also 3-0 after dominating Mountain View 42-3 in Region 7-AAAAAA.

For a closer look at these games and video highlights, visit our high school sports and Friday Game Night pages.


Athens Christian 28, Jackson County 26

Buford 63, Hancock Central 0

Collins Hill 55, Habersham Central 3

Commerce 28, Banks County 16

Dawson County 23, Forsyth Central 20

East Hall 67, East Jackson 37

Flowery Branch 39, Cedar Shoals 25

Gainesville 68, Winder-Barrow 0

Hart County 26, Stephens County 7

Mill Creek 42, Mountain View 3

North Forsyth 34, Cherokee 27

North Gwinnett 36, Norcross 17

North Hall 41, Jefferson 34

North Murray 34, Johnson 7

Rabun County 55, Towns County 13

Riverside Military Academy 23, Georgia Military 14

Union County 34, Andrews, N.C. 6

West Hall 49, Lumpkin County 21

White County 48, Fannin County 13
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