Four local football teams will play tonight in the second round of the state playoffs. Chances are, at least one will lose. There's no shame in that.
It's been a good run for football in Northeast Georgia. In the last three years, Hall County has sent four teams to the semifinals, Jefferson has won two region titles, Commerce keeps getting to the playoffs, and Buford, well, Buford has been Buford. But like good things do, it's coming to an end - for everybody, of course, except Buford. For the rest of the area, the offseason's coming early this year. It's already come ...
Gainesville had to overcome the loss of about 99 percent of its offense and 3/4 of its defense.
Say this for the Georgia High School Associaton: at least it realizes the limitations of its own powers. It can't fix everything and it knows it.
It's do-or-die time for Gainesville and North Hall.
You know how you always seem to hear about movies with twist endings before you see them, so that you know to expect something, but you don't know what?
At 2:30 Thursday afternoon, Sterling Bailey paced the floor of the East Hall gym. The 6-foot-5, 260-pound senior looked, at the same the time, happy, embarrassed, anxious and confident.
It's not yet a full month into the high school football season, and there's still plenty we don't know.