Not that 400 rushing yards was going to get glossed over by Trojans coach Bob Christmas after Friday's 51-6 win against Dawson County to open its run in Region 7-AAA, but it was the defense that got him really excited at The Brickyard.
East Hall coach Bryan Gray feels like his program is mature enough to see the big picture. The Vikings (3-1, 0-1 Region 7-AAA) play in a difficult region, maybe the toughest in Northeast Georgia, but they aren't looking at Friday's game against White County as if they have to win to stay in the playoff picture.
When Riverside Military Academy had a chance to finish a drive with a touchdown early in Friday's Region 8-AA opener against Washington-Wilkes at Maginnis Field, Eagles coach Gary Downs knew he wanted to roll the dice.
At West Hall, the rest of the season is dedicated to playing a 'Spartan 50.'
JEFFERSON - North Hall can credit Friday's 41-34 win over defending Class AA state champion Jefferson to some good hands work in the fourth, though turnovers were holding the Trojans' offense back for much of the first half at Memorial Stadium.
Once the action started on Tuesday, Gainesville's sophomore middle hitter Morgan Frazier wasn't even focused on the fact that her former teammates from Flowery Branch were the ones on the other side of the net in a big Area 8-AAAAA volleyball match.
Buford took 364 days to stew over a loss last season against Gainesville. The Wolves used Friday night's game in Gainesville to retaliate.
It's not crazy to believe that Brent Benson has a lot of basketball left in his 27-year-old legs.
Gainesville High's Michael Gettys has done everything humanly possible to help himself in the eyes of those evaluating MLB prospects.
ATLANTA - By winning two of three against Washington to complete a successful homestand, the Atlanta Braves confirmed what already was obvious: The NL East race is over.
Gainesville quarterback Deshaun Watson showed in Friday's scrimmage against Grayson he hasn't lost a step since steering the team to a state title run in 2012.
Paul Powers has the swimming world at his fingertips after years of dedication in the pool. This month has produced the biggest milestone in the career of Powers, a North Hall High senior. After posting the second-best time in a pair of events at the Speedo Junior Nationals recently in Irvine, Calif., he'll travel to the Persian Gulf region for the FINA Junior World Championships for a five-day competition starting Aug. 26 in Dubai, United ...
The Lanier Point Invitational was a bit abbreviated for the 21 teams that attended the season-opening softball tournament at the Lanier Point Softball Complex, but it gave a good indication of what's to come for many area programs that attended the two-day event, which was cut short abruptly by a series of lightning strikes and heavy rain Saturday in Gainesville.
Randi Orr is in the midst of her second rebuilding project at the helm of the Gainesville High volleyball program.
The first few days of high school football practice turn into an unbelievable time crunch for coaches and players. They're all wanting to start strong in hopes of getting the regular season going in the right direction at the end of the month.
This is the most fun time of year to play high school football for those still in the running.
Not even a tender left shoulder on quarterback Deshaun Watson or a potent Mundy's Mill running game could keep Gainesville from earning a win in the state quarterfinals on Friday at City Park Stadium.
BUFORD - Lately it's almost a given that top-ranked Buford will face Carver-Columbus in the playoffs.
One of the few uncertain moments for top-ranked Buford (12-0) came early Saturday morning with a coin flip to determine home field for Friday's state quarterfinal game against No. 4 Carver-Columbus (11-1).
Out of all the impressive things Gainesville did in its second-round playoff win against South Paulding, it was a brilliant third quarter that stood out the most. The Red Elephants (11-1) scored touchdowns on all four offensive possessions in the third period, while stifling the Spartans' offense, to secure a 51-12 win at City Park Stadium.
Gainesville wide receiver Jay Gaudlock has made the offseason decision of coach Bruce Miller look like a stroke of genius.
CLEVELAND - White County just proved it can play with the big boys in Region 7-AAA.
CUMMING - Devan Stringer provided Gainesville just the defensive lift it needed in its season opener against West Forsyth. Leading late in the second quarter Friday night, the Red Elephants' senior linebacker picked off a Hampton McConnell pass in West Forsyth territory.
Dawson County struck big in crucial situations to open the season Friday against East Hall in Gainesville. Leading by a small margin with five minutes left to play, Tigers (1-0, 1-0 Region 7-AAA) quarterback Zack Buchan hit running back Cody Lamar in the open field on a third-and-long at the 30 and ran 70 yards for the score, propelling Dawson County to a 29-27 win.
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