With Regions 8-A, 8-5A, and 8-6A joining in the road the playoffs, region schedules got into full force Friday night around northeast Georgia.
And there were some big matchups in every area region.
In Region 8-6A, Habersham Central and Gainesville went head-to-head with No. 8-ranked Lanier and No. 1-ranked Dacula, both of whom made the semifinals in 2018. The Raiders hung tough for three quarters before eventually falling to the Longhorns 42-22 in Mt. Airy. The Red Elephants ran into a buzz saw in the Falcons, who took a 42-7 victory in Dacula.
In Region 8-5A, Johnson played host to No. 1-ranked Buford hoping that the Wolves' may have had a letdown after last week's thrilling win over Archer. But the Wolves jumped on the Knights for 36 first-half points en route to a 56-7 win in Oakwood.
In Region 7-4A, Flowery Branch opened its region schedule taking on a tough and White County. The Falcons used another stellar defensive effort to hold off the Warriors 45-20 at home. Meanwhile, No. 2 Marist beat Chestatee 56-13 and West Hall fell to Denmark 49-0 in a pair of 7-4A showdowns.
Region 7-3A had several big matchups with Dawson County outdueling East Hall 52-34 in Dawsonville and Fannin County holding off a Cherokee Bluff upset bid 21-7 in Flowery Branch. North Hall hung tough against No. 4 Greater Atlanta Christian but the Spartans pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 45-21 victory in Norcross.
Region 8-2A saw the top four teams all playing each other on Friday with Rabun County running past a hot Banks County team 52-10 in Tiger. Union County and it's top-rated offense started slowly against Elbert County but used some big plays to beat the Blue Devils 35-14 in Blairsville.
In Region 8-3A, Jefferson continued to roll pounding Franklin County 33-0 at Memorial Stadium. Monroe Area beat up East Jackson 56-7 in Monroe and Jackson County pushed Morgan County to the end but dropped a tough 20-17 decision at Panther Stadium.
And in Region 8-A, Riverside Military Academy got back on track with a 70-6 victory over Towns County in Hiawassee while Lakeview Academy fell to Hebron Christian, 42-7, in Gainesville.
AREA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SCORES FOR OCT. 4
Buford 56, Johnson 7*
Dacula 42, Gainesville 7*
Dawson County 52, East Hall 34*
Denmark 49, West Hall 0*
Fannin County 21, Cherokee Bluff 7*
Flowery Branch 45, White County 20*
Greater Atlanta Christian 45, North Hall 21*
Hebron Christian 42, Lakeview Academy 7*
Jefferson 33, Franklin County 0*
Lanier 42, Habersham Central 22*
Lanier Christian Academy 33, Cherokee Christian 12
Marist 56, Chestatee 13*
Monroe Area 56, East Jackson 7*
Morgan County 20, Jackson County 17*
Rabun County 52, Banks County 10*
Riverside Military 70, Towns County 6*
Union County 35, Elbert County 14*
AREA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SCHEDULE FOR OCT. 11
Cedar Shoals at Buford*
Cherokee Bluff at Lumpkin County*
Commerce at Lakeview Academy*
Fannin County at East Hall*
Flowery Branch at Chestatee*
Greater Atlanta Christian at Dawson County*
Habersham Central at Gainesville*
Jefferson at Hart County*
Lanier Christian Academy at John Hancock
Monroe Area at Jackson County*
Providence Christian at Riverside Military*
Towns County at Hebron Christian*
Walnut Grove at Johnson*
West Hall at Marist*
(* -- denotes region game)