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Archive By Author - Bill Murphy


Murphy: High school football a great escape from the real world

I think one thing that makes high school football so appealing to such a broad range of people is that it's such a great diversion from real life. In some cases, thousands of fans pack the stands to see the high school gladiators of fall duke it out on Friday nights.

September 06, 2012 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


Murphy: New coaches energize Hall football teams

First-year West Hall coach Tony Lotti roams the school's practice field wearing a shirt that speaks volumes to his vision for the program. The shirt itself isn't the eye catcher. It's a standard gray T-shirt with the Spartans logo imprinted near the top. However, it's what is below the Spartan head that everyone will notice. Pressed in black numbers that are big enough to see from a distance, it reads 11-16-12.

August 26, 2012 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


Murphy: Gainesville's unexpected playoff run special for players

Friday is going to be a special night and festive atmosphere for Gainesville's football team, especially its seniors.

November 27, 2011 | Bill Murphy | Prep football columns


Murphy: Gainesville and Flowery Branch up for the test in state quarterfinals

There's probably going to be very similar feelings flowing through the locker rooms at Gainesville and Flowery Branch this week with state quarterfinal games looming against their respective classifications No. 1-ranked team Friday.

November 21, 2011 | Bill Murphy | Prep football columns


Murphy: High school reclassification likely to affect many local schools

At Friday's high school playoff games, talk about region realignment may be just as regular as a look ahead in the bracket for Flowery Branch, Gainesville and Buford fans, the only three local schools still alive in the playoffs. If projections hold true, all three of these programs will be on the move up and competing against a new group of schools in the coming years.

November 13, 2011 | Bill Murphy | Prep football columns


Murphy: Playoff excitement felt by all involved

Every team fortunate enough to extend its season to the postseason should be extremely proud of its accomplishment.

November 07, 2011 | Bill Murphy | Prep football columns


Murphy: GHSA coming down hard on transfers

The Georgia High School Association has taken a firm stand against any move deemed to be ineligible by a football player, or what we call transfers in everyday language. Twice in the current month, a pair of member schools (Dalton and Athens Christian) had to vacate wins and in both cases seriously hampering their chances of making the state playoffs.

October 30, 2011 | Bill Murphy | Prep football columns


Murphy: Trojans still have shot at region title game

Out of all the schools in Northeast Georgia playing in a subdivided region, North Hall (4-4, 3-1 Region 8-AAA North) probably has the most riding on this Friday's game. The Trojans are one of three teams that are in the running for the North subregion title, but as a result of last Friday's loss to Franklin County (4-4, 3-1), will have to get some help to make things fall their way.

October 23, 2011 | Bill Murphy | Prep football columns


Murphy: Intense late-season matchups affect subregion outcomes

The beautiful part of this time of the high school football season is that a couple of big football games have such a drastic impact on an entire region.

October 17, 2011 | Bill Murphy | Prep football columns


Murphy: West Hall seizing its opportunity

I can only imagine what the energy is like in the West Hall locker room right now.

October 09, 2011 | Bill Murphy | Prep football columns


Stories to follow in second half of high school football season

Since most high school football teams are at the midway point of the season, here's some of the biggest stories to follow for the second half of the regular season. There have been some minor surprises so far this season, making the next five weeks probably even more exciting for fans in Northeast Georgia to follow.

October 02, 2011 | Bill Murphy | Sports columnists


Murphy: Offensive gameplans a matter of preference

What is the perfect high school offense?

September 26, 2011 | Bill Murphy | Prep football columns


Murphy: Gainesville getting it done on offense and defense

It all makes sense now why Gainesville coach Bruce Miller didn't seem concerned or worried after his program lost 49-0 in Week 1 against Class AA's top-ranked Buford (5-0).

September 19, 2011 | Bill Murphy | Prep football columns


Murphy: Expect a tight race in 8-AAA North

The North subregion in Region 8-AAA is looking like it will be the most interesting to follow when the playoff race picks up this season, as four quality teams will be in the hunt for playoff spots.

September 12, 2011 | | Prep football columns


Murphy: GHSA still has lots of unfinished business with reclassification

Today is Labor Day and a day of rest for most, but I'd love to see the Georgia High School Association get back to work and work out this mess for reclassifying the state's 437 member schools sooner than later.

September 05, 2011 | Bill Murphy | Prep football columns


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Murphy: Atlanta pro sports fans pampered with elite venues

The fan experience for Atlanta Braves enthusiasts is the most complete of any pro sports team. I'm sure the soon-to-be opened and elegantly designed ...

August 05, 2017 | Bill Murphy | Pros


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