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Murphy: Football season full of highlights

I've seen a lot of great high school football this season. From the flooding rains back on opening night to the Buford Wolves hoisting the Class AA state championship trophy just a couple days ago in a chilly rain, it's been a season to remember.

December 28, 2007 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Volleyball Coach of the Year: Sharon Qualls

Sharon Qualls built quite a foundation with West Hall's volleyball program. In seven years at the helm, the first and only coach in the program's eight-year history she's set the bar high for future Lady Spartans team.

December 27, 2007 | Bill Murphy | High schools


State champs: Buford back on top of Class AA

It wasn't close. It wasn't dramatic. And it certainly wasn't suspenseful.

December 27, 2007 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Volleyball Player of the Year: Katie Spell

Katie Spell never even planned on playing high school volleyball as a child. So the idea of leading the Trojans to back-to-back Area 7-AAA titles in her final two seasons of high school was the last thing on her mind.

December 27, 2007 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Blank says he felt 'betrayed' by Petrino

FLOWERY BRANCH - Atlanta Falcons owner and CEO Arthur Blank was clearly upset at the team's South Hall headquarters Wednesday, as he addressed the untimely departure of former head coach Bobby Petrino.

Blank, who was flanked by Falcons President and General Manager Rich McKay, were probed during a press conference about the 24-hour whirlwind of events that saw Petrino resign as Falcons coach and then accept the coaching vacancy at Arkansas late Tuesday night.

December 23, 2007 | Bill Murphy | Atlanta Falcons


MURPHY: Buford: Simply the best

Buford left quite an impression on football fans last weekend. The Wolves' breakfast edition of Class AA semifinal football was probably the most complete team that played in the Dome.

December 21, 2007 | Bill Murphy | High schools


State playoffs: Trojans' dream season ends

ATLANTA - A teary locker room momentarily overshadowed a season's worth of accomplishments for North Hall following a 42-21 loss to Cairo in the Class AAA semifinals Saturday at the Georgia Dome. The loss brought an end to a season of firsts in school history, most notably the first appearance playing in the state semifinals and single-season record 13 wins.

The Trojans (13-1) were hoping for a shot at their first football state title in school history. But the dazzling speed of the Syrupmakers (13-1) brought a sudden end to those dreams with 35 third quarter points.

December 20, 2007 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Trojans just two games from title

Lights, camera, action.

December 19, 2007 | Bill Murphy | Sports columnists


Football: From the Brickyard to the Dome: A look back at North Hall's journey

It can be hard for a season to parallel expectations going into the season. There are often times too many unexpected variables, such as injuries, intersquad discontent and player misconduct, that can sideline a season with previously high expectations.

North Hall football coach Bob Christmas didn't want to turn a blind-eye to the possibility of adversity to an otherwise talented team when the season began.

December 18, 2007 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Football: Trojans' young guns make big impact

Thomas Sprague had to make a split-second decision. And there was no room for error.

Against Perry last week in the Class AAA state quarterfinals, the North Hall sophomore linebacker was in the end zone, in coverage, when the ball came right in his direction. His first reaction was he wasn't in position for the interception, so he went with his next best option to bat the ball down and prevent a touchdown. It proved to be a very wise decision.

December 17, 2007 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Four days to the Dome: Hard-hitting Hulsey finds home on special teams

Chase Hulsey's eyes widen just thinking about playing in the Georgia Dome on Saturday afternoon. This North Hall senior gets goose bumps visualizing running out of the tunnel onto the field for the AAA semifinal against Cairo.

There will be a sea of green there to support the Trojans. But first and foremost for Hulsey it's a business trip to win a football game.

December 15, 2007 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Class in session: Trojan coaches get first glimpse

One of Bob Christmas' most important classes takes place on Sunday in the North Hall football fieldhouse.

December 14, 2007 | Bill Murphy | High schools


North Hall 12, Perry 10: Trojans win in a thriller, secure spot in Dome

The reaction of North Hall's football faithful fit the mood on Friday night after the Trojans qualified for the state semifinals for the first time in school history with a 12-10 win against Perry at The Brickyard.

December 12, 2007 | Bill Murphy | High schools


Prepping for Perry

The fact that the North Hall High football team is playing in the state quarterfinals is not an Earth-shattering development. The Region 7-AAA champion and third-ranked Trojans (12-0) are playing in the round of eight for the third time in the past four seasons.

December 11, 2007 | Bill Murphy | High schools


North Hall closing in on school history

North Hall's football team is now just four days away from its shot at school history.

December 11, 2007 | Bill Murphy | High schools


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