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Johnson to continue non-region football schedule

In a move to build a more competitive football program for the future, Johnson High's administration made its decision known Wednesday to continue playing a non-region football schedule for the next two years during the Region 8-AAAA meeting Wednesday in Oakwood.

December 12, 2013 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


Gainesville falls to Tucker, 20-14, ending repeat title bid

CLARKSTON - Gainesville stood toe to toe with Tucker for most of the night in the Class AAAAA state semifinals on Friday at Hallford Stadium in Clarkston. What kept it close was the Red Elephants' remarkable defense for most of the night against the Tigers' vaunted running game.

December 06, 2013 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


High school football notebook: 5 things to watch in the semifinals

This is the most fun time of year to play high school football for those still in the running.

December 02, 2013 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


Watson leads Gainesville into semifinals, 42-28

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.

November 29, 2013 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


Buford prepares for another playoff clash with Carver-Columbus

BUFORD - Lately it's almost a given that top-ranked Buford will face Carver-Columbus in the playoffs.

November 26, 2013 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


High school football notebook: Buford wins coin flip to play quarterfinal game at home

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).

November 23, 2013 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


Gainesville advances with 51-12 win over South Paulding

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.

November 22, 2013 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


Gainesville's Gaudlock a breakout star at wide receiver

Gainesville wide receiver Jay Gaudlock has made the offseason decision of coach Bruce Miller look like a stroke of genius.

November 21, 2013 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


Hall County basketball programs look to continue success

From 2009-2013, Hall County high school basketball programs made five trips to the state semifinals.

November 16, 2013 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Gainesville defense denies ML King in 28-14 win

Gainesville coach Bruce Miller wasted little time congratulating his defense for a job well done after it held on for a 28-14 victory against M.L. King and the big passing arm of its quarterback, Roland Rivers, on Friday at City Park Stadium.

November 15, 2013 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


Football Players of the Week: Lumpkin County's McCrary, Gilreath end season on high note

Quarterback Daniel McCrary and wide receiver Johnathan Gilreath ended their careers at Lumpkin County on a particularly high note on Friday in the regular season finale, even though making the playoffs was out of the question.

November 11, 2013 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


Gainesville honors longtime writer, broadcaster Jackson

Phil Jackson's big smile showed how much he appreciated the show of gratitude from Gainesville High before Friday's Region 8-AAAAA championship game at City Park Stadium.

November 08, 2013 | Bill Murphy | Local


West Hall, Dawson to meet Friday to decide last playoff spot in Region 7-AAA

The postseason implications of West Hall's game Friday against Dawson County are so clear cut, Spartans coach Tony Lotti equates it to a playoff contest. However, it's only the winner that gets the final spot in the postseason from Region 7-AAA.

November 06, 2013 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


Jefferson soars past Riverside 62-23

Jefferson High has handled injuries to key players about as well as could be expected.

November 01, 2013 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


North Hall boys, White County girls run to titles at 7-AAA championship

HELEN - There was a correlation Thursday between having the fastest runner and the top overall cross country team at the Region 7-AAA championship meet at Unicoi State Park.

October 31, 2013 | Bill Murphy | High schools


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Falcon fans welcome Birds back to the Branch

James Fox and his family of five were like many others who arrived early Friday for the first day of Atlanta Falcons training camp.

July 25, 2014 | Bill Murphy | Local


Coker remembered for character, strength

To those who knew him, Keaton Coker was a face and voice of strength through tremendous adversity.

July 17, 2014 | Bill Murphy | High schools


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