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North Hall rides scoring burst past Creekview, 34-24

For 12 minutes on Friday night, North Hall's offense resembled the high-powered running game that took the Trojans to the Class AAA state semifinals in 2007. It only took the Trojans (2-2, 1-0 Region 7A-AAA) four plays to score three touchdowns in the second quarter en route to a 34-24 win against Creekview (0-4, 0-1) at The Brickyard.

The win helped sooth the sore feelings from losing back-to-back games leading into the subregion opener against the Grizzlies. More importantly, it puts North Hall right at the top of the pack in Region 7A-AAA heading into next Friday's matchup ...

September 30, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Two newcomers making a mark in Region 7-AAA

Region 7-AAA used to be a fairly predictable region when it came to football. The same cluster of teams would lay claim to the four playoff spots more often than not. Even when the subdivided region came into play in 2006 things didn't change all that much.

September 28, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Johnson volleyball knocks off West Hall

OAKWOOD- When Oakwood schools Johnson and West Hall play, there is already a built-in rivalry. Volleyball is no exception.

September 27, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


NOTEBOOK: Gainesville only unbeaten left in Hall County

Class AAA's No. 8 Gainesville now stands alone as the only unbeaten team in Hall County after a 27-0 win against North Hall on Friday night at The Brickyard. The Red Elephants (4-0) have absolutely dominated to this point, allowing only 14 points this season.

September 24, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Gainesville defense bricks North Hall, 27-0

Gainesville High football coach Bruce Miller promised Friday's North Hall-Gainesville would be a neck-and-neck contest or maybe a coin-flip.

September 24, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Flowery Branch rolls in North Fall Classic

It's pretty simple to figure out why the Flowery Branch High softball team was so successful against North Hall on Saturday in the North Fall Classic at North Hall. In each inning, the lead-off hitter started the inning with a hit and came around to score for the Lady Falcons (15-11) as they went on to win 8-0 in five innings.

September 24, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Gainesville, North Hall are ready for a showdown

The North Hall-Gainesville series is quite a complex rivalry. It can't be summed up with just one trademark characteristic.

September 22, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Dennis Quaid visits the Falcons

FLOWERY BRANCH - Dennis Quaid is eager for a new generation to hear the story of 1961 Heisman Trophy winner Ernie Davis.

September 22, 2008 | Bill Murphy | Atlanta Falcons


Chestatee wins shootout over Johnson, 56-38

OAKWOOD -- Chestatee High football coach Stan Luttrell knew his offense was capable of doing big things on offense this season after being shut out in the season opener two weeks ago.

September 17, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


High school notebook: Eagles soaring in Region 8-AA

Riverside Military Academy's football team is taking Region 8-AA by storm with three wins right out of the gate to open the season. The Eagles (3-0, 2-0) got their biggest win of the season with a 48-2 victory over Rabun County (0-3) Friday night at Maginnis Field.

September 17, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


War Eagles, Knights ready for redemption

Chestatee's Stan Luttrell is the ultimate optimist when it comes to his team. The War Eagles coach has no doubt in his mind they are better than the team that got shelled by Gainesville 35-0 in Week 1.

September 16, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Big bad Wolves rip Trojans, 45-14

BUFORD-The similarities in Buford's last two games played in front of the home crowd at Tom Riden Stadium are striking.

September 10, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Riverside ready for region challenge

Time is never on the side of Riverside Military Academy football coach Chris Lancaster.

September 08, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Trojans, Buford clash tonight

Tonight's atmosphere at Tom Riden Stadium is bound to be as exciting as most playoff games.

September 08, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


High school football notebook: Warriors lose opener

The White County High football team lost its season opener to Franklin County, 13-3, Friday night in Cleveland. Franklin County running back Jay Moon put the game away in the fourth quarter with a 45-yard touchdown run. The Lions also scored on an interception returned for a touchdown in the first quarter.

September 03, 2008 | Bill Murphy | High schools


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Anderson leads Buford girls to thrilling quarterfinal win over St. Pius X, 59-55

BUFORD - Camille Anderson wore a smile from ear to ear after the best game of her career Tuesday night, a battle between two elite high school players.

February 24, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


State basketball quarterfinals pit local programs against No. 1 schools

Two words quickly roll off the tongue of Johnson coach Jeff Steele when talking about state quarterfinal opponent Jonesboro. It's certainly a flattering assessment of the top-ranked Cardinals (29-1).

February 23, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Gainesville girls reach quarterfinals on Hawks' buzzer-beater

EVANS - The ball was in the right hands for Gainesville in the final seconds of Friday's second-round playoff game against Greenbrier. Sophomore Taylor Hawks took the pass from Shikiya Brown, looked both ways and just before time expired drained a finger-roll shot in the lane to secure the upset win of the second-ranked Lady Wolfpack in Evans.

February 20, 2015 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Chestatee girls fall to Pickens 42-37 in first round of state

Chestatee allowed five quick points by Pickens' Haley Kalson in the final minute of the first half Thursday to open the postseason in Gainesville. It didn't appear to be too much to overcome at the time, trailing by only three at intermission.

February 19, 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


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


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