North Hall and White County ended their regular seasons with big wins over region rivals. Commerce claimed their region title, and Stephens County came back with a vengeance after being sidelined by COVID.
Here’s a look at your Northeast Georgia Football Friday Scoreboard:
Dawson County 21 – North Hall 34
The Trojans (5-4, 4-1) claimed #2 seed in 7-AAA Friday in a home matchup against Dawson County (5-4, 4-1). The Trojans jumped out to a 20-0 lead before Dawson clawed back in before the half. Both teams traded scores in the third before the Trojans notched a late TD to put the game away, 34-21. Brian Carter captured the highlights for BLITZ Sports. [see video]
White County 48 – #9 Cherokee Bluff 7
The Warriors were back to full strength Friday night and it showed. The Warriors blasted the undefeated region leader Cherokee Bluff, 48 to 7.
It was only 5 minutes into the first quarter when J Ben Haynes would throw his first touchdown pass to Darius Cannon, following that up quickly with the recovery of a fumble leading to the second touchdown pass to Cannon, and an early lead for the Warriors. It would be directly following the injury of White County running back Riley Stancil when the Bears were able to get one into the end zone, ending the first quarter 14 to 7. White County extended their lead before halftime with two interceptions and three more touchdowns. Entering the locker room up 34 to 7. Silas Mulligan scored twice in the third sealing the upset.
The win lifts the Warriors to 7-2 overall. White County is number 4 seed in the playoffs and will hit the road next Friday to take on the Rockmart Yellow Jackets.
East Jackson 12 – Stephens County 61
The Indians were sidelined for five weeks due to COVID but made up for lost time Friday night at home against East Jackson, routing the Eagles 61-12.
West Hall 56 – Lumpkin County 13
Lumpkin County was hoping to carry a win into the offseason, but that didn’t happen. West Hall took the win on the Indians’ home turf, 56-13.
Lincoln County 7 – #2 Commerce 17
The Tigers won their region title at home Friday night against Lincoln County, 17-7.
#1 Jefferson 47 – Madison County 0
Jefferson pulled off an expected win tonight against Madison County and, with it, an undefeated regular season. The Dragons shutout the Red Raiders on the road Friday night, 47-0.
Banks County 6 – Elbert County 36
The Elbert County Blue Devils claimed 2nd seed in the region, defeating the Leopards at home in the Granite Bowl, 36-6.
Towns County 0 – #9 Washington-Wilkes 34
The Indians fell to #5-ranked Washington-Wilkes on the road Friday, 34-0.
Habersham Central 45 – Shiloh 37
The Raiders locked up 3 seed in Region 8-6A Saturday at Shiloh, 45-37. Next up for Habersham, a first-round playoff road trip to Rome.
Union County @ Gilmer (THURSDAY)
The Panthers travel to Gilmer in hopes of getting a win for the first time since October 23. Union needs a win to get some traction heading into the state playoffs.
Other area games
North Forsyth 0 – Gainesville 17
Denmark 10 – West Forsyth 20
Providence Christian 16 – Lakeview 35
Athens Christian 9 – Prince Avenue Christian 55
Cedar Shoals 48 – Chestatee 7
Hart County 16 – Monroe Area 19
Apalachee 17 – Jackson County 21
Northwest 29 – Pickens County 23
Fannin County 55 – Dade County 7
Lanier Christian 18 – Pinecrest 44
#5 Dacula 0 – #2 Buford 35
#5 Flowery Branch 55 – East Hall 14
Johnson @ Clarke Central (Canceled)
Oconee County @ Franklin County (Canceled)
Forsyth Central 0 – South Forsyth 1 (Forfeited)
Trent Crawford of WRWH Radio and Brian Carter of BLITZ contributed to this report