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Big Red fans have return to Dome in sight

Gainesville students revved up for football semifinal vs. Tucker

POSTED: December 5, 2013 7:29 p.m.
NAT GURLEY/The Times

Gainesville High School cheerleaders paint The Rock on Wednesday afternoon for Friday's Class AAAAA state semifinal football game against the Tucker Tigers in Clarkston. The winner advances to next week's state finals at the Georgia Dome.

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“Go Big Red!”

The cheer echoed Thursday through the halls of Gainesville High School as students were gearing up for tonight’s Class AAAAA state semifinal football game against Tucker.

“We’re all excited because this game will get us back into state,” said Terrell Knight, a sophomore at the school. “It was exciting last year to go to the (Georgia) Dome.”

The No. 3 Red Elephants (12-1) are ready to head back to Atlanta next week to reclaim their state championship. But first they have to get past the No. 1-ranked Tucker Tigers (13-0).

Students anticipate a Gainesville win, but know it’ll be tough.

“It’s a big chip on our shoulder,” sophomore Ken Flenoy said. “I think we’re going to beat Tucker and go on to state once again. The score will probably be 31-20.”

Both Flenoy and Knight plan to make the trip to Hallford Stadium in DeKalb County for tonight’s 7:30 p.m. game. Tickets are $15, and can be purchased at the gate or from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Gainesville High School office.

Junior Kelan Henderson was uncertain if he’d be able to make the trip, but anticipates a Gainesville win.

“I love football,” he said. “I’ve been to a lot of games this year.”

A win tonight will send the team back to the finals at the Georgia Dome, scheduled for Dec. 13.

“The excitement and support of the students, faculty, parents and our community as we progress in the playoffs is tremendous and so appreciated,” Superintendent Merrianne Dyer said. “In the playoffs, every game is a gift that has been earned by the work of our team and coaches.”

Principal LaCrisia Larkin said they’re just “taking it one game at a time.”

“Our team has worked so hard this year,” she said. “We’re just looking forward to maybe getting to the Dome again.”

Regardless of how Gainesville performs, Henderson said he’s proud of the team and how well it has played this season.

“Winning isn’t half of it,” he added. “If you play well and you play to the best of your ability, that’s all that matters.”



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