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Falcons’ fans fired up for semifinal road trip

Another road trip for Flowery Branch High football fans?

Not a problem.

December 13, 2008 | Bill Murphy | Local


Flowery Branch wins 28-0, earns first trip to state final

LAGRANGE – Flowery Branch's football team has a chance to make Hall County history.

December 13, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Flowery Branch football running down a dream

FLOWERY BRANCH - Flowery Branch's offense puts up numbers on the ground that would earn the respect of an old school wing-T coach. The Falcons (11-2) have two bruising running backs and a shifty junior quarterback, Connor Shaw, that is adept at tucking it in and running with the football.

December 12, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Flowery Branch's secondary sets the bar high

FLOWERY BRANCH - Flowery Branch senior back Chris Lipscomb never lets football practice get in the way of having a good time on the field. The defensive back/wide receiver has earned quite a reputation with his teammates for being the ringleader of dishing out of the jokes at their expense.

December 09, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Falcons reach state semifinal with 35-17 win

MILLEDGEVILLE - Flowery Branch senior fullback Daniel Drummond said he couldn't come up with the right words to describe his team's 35-17 win over unbeaten and second-ranked Baldwin in the Class AAA state quarterfinals Friday night.

December 07, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Trojans hang tough but fall to Dunwoody, 18-13

CHAMBLEE - North Hall coach Bob Christmas saw the same effort out of his team that they played with all season in their second round playoff game against Dunwoody on Friday night at North DeKalb Stadium in Chamblee.

November 30, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


All-Area Softball Coach of the Year: Wolfe brings new mentality to Lady Wolves

Buford softball coach Tony Wolfe brings an interesting perspective to the field.

November 30, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


North Hall's dynamic duo sparks defense

Nathan Jones may have taken a page out of Thomas Sprague's book when it comes to playing defense.

November 23, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Buford's state title hunt begins

BUFORD - When Buford High won its Class AA state title in 2007, Cody Getz took the time to celebrate by wearing his state championship ring a few times. Then it was time to put that memorabilia back in its case and tuck it away in his room.

November 18, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Trojans nip Hart County 10-9 on late field goal

North Hall coach Bob Christmas spoke the words that were at the tip of everyone's tongue after its 10-9 win over Hart County in the first round of Friday's state playoffs at The Brickyard.

November 18, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


North Hall's tradition continues

Bob Christmas' face started to light up when he spoke of North Hall's football practice Tuesday afternoon. The Trojans' coach goes as far as to say it was one of their best practice sessions all season with the focus and determination displayed.

November 16, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Jefferson geared up for playoffs

JEFFERSON - Jefferson High football coach Bill Navas believed he had the right words on Monday to get his team motivated to practice this week. It's the same message he delivers every season at this point.

November 14, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Football Notebook: Defense highlights region title game

The Region 7-AAA title game between Flowery Branch and Gainesville was billed as two high-powered offenses going head-to-head. It turns out the defenses were pretty stout too.

November 12, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Riverside clinches playoff spot with victory

DAWSONVILLE - Riverside Military Academy coach Chris Lancaster could appreciate the significance of its 33-0 win over Dawson County just as much, maybe even more, than his players. Lancaster, also a graduate of RMA, understands the rocky road the program has faced in its football history.

November 12, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Riverside focused on getting to playoffs

Riverside Military Academy senior Adrian Quinones has a peace of mind about his team's playoff chances, even though the Eagles (6-3, 5-3 Region 8-AA) are still on the postseason bubble. Quinones is under the impression that the Eagles are in the playoffs if they win against Dawson County (3-6, 2-6) tonight.

November 10, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


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Passing fancy: Gainesville holds off Harris County, 49-40

HAMILTON – Mikey Gonzalez has carved out his own legacy for Gainesville. His year as the Red Elephants' signal-caller will be remembered for winning huge games with clutch performances.

November 21, 2014 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


Gainesville's Byrd brothers relishing playoff run

Michael Byrd's joy can be found in watching his two sons playing football for Gainesville High on Fridays in the fall. Part of the excitement is watching his sons, Michael and Chris, following in his footsteps as standouts for the Red Elephants. The other part is just the paternal joy of watching the next generation do what they love.

November 20, 2014 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


Byrd carries Gainesville past pesky Creekview, 42-37

Tapped out of energy from a three-hour slugfest and numb from freezing temperatures most of the night, Gainesville's players were still able to celebrate following Friday's playoff opener against Creekview.

November 15, 2014 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


Gainesville headed into postseason on a high note

Gainesville finished the regular season with a much different feeling than it started just three months ago.

November 08, 2014 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


Defense picks up Gainesville in 20-7 win over Loganville

When Gainesville needed a lift late in Friday's contest against Loganville, hard-hitting defensive back Toddrick Turner was more than happy to oblige.

November 01, 2014 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


Watson sparks East Hall over Franklin County, 34-7

On a handful of occasions Friday, Devin Watson made plays that were sheer athletic brilliance for East Hall.

October 25, 2014 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


Gainesville airs it out to beat Clarke Central, 35-10

Gainesville got rid of a bitter taste in its mouth with a sharp performance Friday against Clarke Central when it needed it most.

October 18, 2014 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


Falcons' playoff hopes hurt by 32-12 loss to Clarke Central

There wasn't a lot of mystery with what went wrong after a promising start for Flowery Branch on Friday.

October 10, 2014 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


Turner's heroics, late TD lift Lakeview over Hebron, 29-27

Lakeview Academy's Tae Turner is a do-it-all kind of player.

October 03, 2014 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


Johnson gets into win column, tops Riverside 16-7

Johnson's football players posed for an impromptu celebratory shot together, while Knights coach Jason Roquemore was bopping around the field after Friday's game against Riverside Military Academy at Maginnis Field in Gainesville.

September 26, 2014 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


Turnovers doom Falcons in 35-16 loss to Heritage

Flowery Branch made a number of costly mistakes Friday against Heritage.

September 19, 2014 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


Gainesville rides the lightning, tops Winder-Barrow 46-6

Gainesville's senior quarterback Mikey Gonzalez was electric all night in Friday's 46-6 win against Winder-Barrow - before and after a 70-minute weather delay due to lightning around City Park Stadium in Gainesville.

September 13, 2014 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


Jefferson rolls past North Hall, 48-8

Jefferson freshman phenom running back Colby Wood is quickly making a name for himself with a tenacious running style, much more assertive than most young running backs.

September 06, 2014 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


Gainesville drops opener at Grayson, 39-0

LOGANVILLE – Gainesville has two weeks to find some continuity on both sides of the ball before the region schedule begins. The season opener was far less than what coach Bruce Miller hoped for.

August 29, 2014 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


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