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West Hall eager for opportunity that awaits in second-round of football playoffs

If Tony Lotti is nervous about what's next for West Hall High in the football postseason, he wasn't showing it Monday. Still proud of their first-round playoff win just four days earlier, the Spartans (7-4) were back at work preparing for a second-round playoff football game for the first time since 2000.

November 14, 2016 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


Identical twin brothers A.J. and Ashun Favorite have West Hall rolling into football playoffs

Good luck trying to find A.J. and Ashun Favorite apart.

November 08, 2016 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


Football Player of the Week: East Hall's Ellison finishes with career night

Deon Ellison sat on the field, overrun with emotions after East Hall's 71-58 win against Fannin County on Friday. He was gassed from his 231-yard, four-touchdown performance in Gainesville.

November 07, 2016 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


Playoff seeding can improve for high school football programs in final week

West Hall can treat the final game of the regular season Friday like it's playing with house money. Already a lock for the postseason, the Spartans (6-3, 2-1 Region 7-AAAA) can create a three-way tie at the top with a win at No. 5 Blessed Trinity (7-2, 3-0).

November 01, 2016 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


Football Player of the Week: North Hall's Bacus rushed for school-record 337 yards against East Hall

Kyle Bacus isn't a complete outlier as a talented high school football player.

October 31, 2016 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


Football Player of the Week: Chestatee LB Nick Beard

When Chestatee's Nick Beard was sprinting into the end zone for a defensive go-ahead score late in Friday's win against White County, his mind was racing a mile a minute. It's the kind of dream scenario for a battle-tested linebacker getting to score a pivotal touchdown that anyone his age grows up thinking about. Beard was at the right place at the right time to be the hero of the game.

October 24, 2016 | Bill Murphy | High schools


North Hall volleyball locks up state semifinal berth with win against Greater Atlanta Christian

"We're over the moon with excitement," said North Hall volleyball coach Emi Hughes after its biggest win in school history Saturday.

October 22, 2016 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Flowery Branch softball team geared up for second-round playoff series at Ware County

Flowery Branch's softball team will pack on a school bus early Wednesday for a 275-mile trip and second-round playoff series against Ware County in Waycross. The Lady Falcons (13-17) hope to return home with a pair of wins in a best-of-three series and a spot in the Class AAAAA championship round in Columbus.

October 17, 2016 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Football Player of the Week: Dawson County quarterback Coey Watson

A quick flick of the wrist from Dawson County High quarterback Coey Watson in the first quarter put it well on its way to a sizeable win against Fannin County on Friday in Blue Ridge. On the snap from the 10th-ranked Tigers' 31, Watson spotted his slot receiver Austin Young around the 50, put a throw in his hands that didn't cause him to break stride and watched as he pulled away for a 69-yard score.

October 17, 2016 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


Football Player of the Week: Gainesville quarterback DJ Irons threw for 285 yards in region victory

DJ Irons is tough as nails.

October 10, 2016 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Football Player of the Week: Myles Janess provides versatility for Flowery Branch's offense

Flowery Branch football coach Chris Griffin enjoys coming up with creative ways to get the ball into the hands of junior playmaker Myles Janess. The most versatile weapon for the Falcons put it all on display in the Falcons' 33-0 win against Cedar Shoals on Friday at Falcon Field.

October 04, 2016 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


Chestatee sweeps races at Hall County cross country championships

Lindsey Grater was speaking for the entire Chestatee High cross country program after winning the girls' race in Hall County championship on Tuesday.

September 27, 2016 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Football Player of The Week: West Hall's Ashun Favorite made pair of huge defensive plays in 2OT win

The long interception return for a touchdown against Dawson County was quite the thrill for West Hall cornerback Ashun Favorite, but it was his double-overtime pass deflection in the end zone that cinched the 30-23 win for the Spartans (4-1) against a strong Dawson County squad on Friday in Oakwood.

September 19, 2016 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


Football Player of the Week: North Hall running back Kyle Bacus

Kyle Bacus' mild demeanor doesn't make him the ideal candidate to be in the spotlight, especially individual attention for his football accomplishments.

August 29, 2016 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


Football Player of the Week: Gainesville QB D.J. Irons sharp against West Hall

D.J. Irons showed his cerebral approach as a first-time varsity starter for Gainesville on Friday at West Hall.

August 22, 2016 | Bill Murphy | High schools


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