Week 0 gave area football fans a taste of what is to come this season, highlighted by a nationally-televised defensive battle between No. 1 Buford and Trinity Christian Academy of Jacksonville, Fla.
Long before Jeremiah Goss ever donned a varsity football uniform - back when he was still steamrolling linebackers in youth games - Flowery Branch coach Chris Griffin saw a future high school star.
Jefferson coach Mike Paul didn't have a lot to complain about following the Battle at The Branch.
BUFORD - Tony Wolfe does his best to avoid dwelling on the streak.
The East Hall community might be the most unique in Hall County.
Billy Wells has lived in northern Hall County for the past six years while working as a coach and athletic director in Gwinnett County.
Ben Corley's background could go a long way toward making him a coach's best friend.
Lakeview Academy athletic director Deuce Roark will see a lot of familiar faces this year, both within the walls of his own school and from the teams the Lions' athletic programs compete against.
It's been a banner year for soccer in the United States, where record numbers of viewers watched the U.S. escape from the Group of Death and into the knockout rounds of the World Cup.
Jimmy Lawler has watched Flowery Branch High School grow on a near-daily basis since its infancy in 2002.
West Hall athletic director Ethan Banks will proudly tell you "it's a great time to be a Spartan."
Marc Paglia has been navigating the unique challenges faced by Riverside Military Academy for the better part of three decades.
Wayne Vickery didn't know what to expect when Gainesville High School made the jump from Class AAA to AAAAA in the fall of 2012. The Gainesville athletic director wondered if the school's sports programs might struggle, at least initially, by moving up more than one classification at once.
Michael Gettys has to decide whether his future in baseball will take him to the West Coast, or to the University of Georgia.
Michael Gettys won't be sitting in the green room Thursday night.
The sign at the edge of Gainesville High School's football practice field reads, "Bruce Miller Field. A Field of Champions."
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