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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


Playoffs at stake for Region 7A-AAA teams

White County coach Gregg Segraves has a simple message to send over to his friends at Chestatee.

November 09, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


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Gainesville rolls past Apalachee 16-1, secures Region 8-AAAAA baseball title

For the fourth consecutive season, Gainesville is headed into the state baseball playoffs with the region championship.

April 24, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Lumpkin County closes in on No. 2 playoff seed with 11-6 win against East Hall

With a large lead quickly dwindling, Lumpkin County coach Dustin Allen went with his ace Cody Waters earlier than he had hoped Tuesday against East Hall. The right-handed senior responded with 5 2/3 innings of steady work in long-relief duty, allowed only one run and led the Indians (14-8, 11-5 Region 7-AAA) to an 11-6 win in Gainesville.

April 21, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Gettys belts two home runs, earns win on the mound for Gainesville 7-0 against Winder-Barrow

A blister on his left hand made pitching less comfortable for Jonathan Gettys, but didn't negatively impact his swing at the plate at all Friday against Winder-Barrow.

April 10, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Sterling Bailey gearing up for strong senior year with Georgia

Sterling Bailey isn't ready to start reminiscing yet. While his years playing football at Georgia have flown by, he's still got one more season to line up at defensive end for the Bulldogs.

April 09, 2015 | Bill Murphy | Georgia Bulldogs


Gainesville's Whitenton strong pitching over five innings in 7-2 win against Loganville

Soaking wet after a five-inning stint on the mound Monday, Caleb Whitenton did everything possible to ensure Gainesville got back into a first-place tie with Loganville in the Region 8-AAAAA standings.

April 06, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Bennett strikes out 13 batters for Buford in 6-0 win against North Hall

Connor Bennett did everything on the mound Friday that would be expected from a pitcher who is signed with a major Division-I program and also on the radar of the pro scouts.

April 03, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Gainesville's title dreams dashed, 24-17 at Allatoona

ACWORTH - Gainesville was in it to the very end.

November 28, 2014 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


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


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


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