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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

Murphy: Do we have too much high school football on TV?

August 29, 2011 | Bill Murphy | Blitz homepage

Murphy: Do we have too many high school games on TV?

I may be in a slim minority, but I think high school football is getting overly commercialized with so many games broadcast on live television. It's a trend that seems to be growing quite rapidly.

August 29, 2011 | Bill Murphy | Prep football columns

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