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).
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.
Gainesville wide receiver Jay Gaudlock has made the offseason decision of coach Bruce Miller look like a stroke of genius.
From 2009-2013, Hall County high school basketball programs made five trips to the state semifinals.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jefferson High has handled injuries to key players about as well as could be expected. On Friday, quarterback T.J. Skelton, who has started since Evan Shirreffs went down with a broken finger last month, passed for a pair of touchdowns and 210 yards, while rushing for a long second quarter touchdown as the Dragons beat Riverside Military Academy 62-23 at Maginnis Field in Gainesville. The win moves Jefferson to 7-2, 5-1 in Region 8-AA and ...
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.
Chestatee High is building quite a reputation as the cross country power to beat in Region 8-AAAA.
As tough and physical as Friday's game for North Hall was against West Hall, it was the speed and breakaway ability of Trojans senior quarterback Andrew Smith that put the game away with a long touchdown run late in the fourth quarter at The Brickyard.
Collin Pettell has made a quick ascent to becoming a prolific passer, and more importantly a trusted leader, as quarterback for Riverside Military.
After nearly five hours and two evenly-match softball games, East Hall's first-ever playoff appearance is still alive against Cartersville.
BUFORD - Buford's 42-6 win against White County was marked with efficiency in all phases of the game Friday.
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.
This is the most fun time of year to play high school football for those still in the running.
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.
BUFORD - Lately it's almost a given that top-ranked Buford will face Carver-Columbus in the playoffs.
CLEVELAND - White County just proved it can play with the big boys in Region 7-AAA.
CUMMING - Devan Stringer provided Gainesville just the defensive lift it needed in its season opener against West Forsyth. Leading late in the second quarter Friday night, the Red Elephants' senior linebacker picked off a Hampton McConnell pass in West Forsyth territory.
Dawson County struck big in crucial situations to open the season Friday against East Hall in Gainesville. Leading by a small margin with five minutes left to play, Tigers (1-0, 1-0 Region 7-AAA) quarterback Zack Buchan hit running back Cody Lamar in the open field on a third-and-long at the 30 and ran 70 yards for the score, propelling Dawson County to a 29-27 win.
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