This isn't uncharted territory for the Gainesville Red Elephants. If anything, the members of Gainesville's football team expected to be here, practicing the week of Thanksgiving and playing in a high-profile quarterfinal matchup on Black Friday.
JEFFERSON - Trailing by three points in the closing minutes of last week's second-round playoff matchup at Heard County, Jefferson's defense was able to do something it hadn't been able to do all game long: Make a stop.
BUFORD - Thomas Wilson scored two touchdowns in just over a minute and Tyler Winslow returned a blocked punt 14 yards as the Buford Wolves blew open what was a close second-round playoff matchup against Woodward Academy on Friday night at Tom Riden Stadium to win 40-7.
When Dalton Whitfield broke his jaw in White County's Week 4 loss to Blessed Trinity last season, he was forced to sit out the Warriors' final seven games.
The Georgia High School Association reclassified its member schools for the upcoming 2014-16 athletic seasons on Monday, and several area schools will be moving to different classifications starting next fall.
Chestatee overcame a shaky opening quarter and ended up making history on Friday night at War Eagles Stadium.
Deshaun Watson was glad to get Thursday morning behind him. Gainesville's starting quarterback, and the state's all-time leading passer, was finally able to sign a financial aid award letter with Clemson University, officially making him a Tiger.
After enduring eight losing seasons in the past 10 years, West Hall will make its return to the playoffs tonight with a visit to second-ranked Cartersville.
The high school football state playoffs begin this Friday for the state's five largest classifications. The postseason will stretch across the next five weeks, with the state championship games being played Dec. 13-14 inside the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
CARROLLTON - Flowery Branch's boys cross country runners remember the heartbreaking feeling of finishing runner-up to McIntosh a season ago.
DAWSONVILLE - Tony Lotti had an important phone call to make.
Buford controls its own destiny and can clinch the Region 7-AAA championship tonight with a win over North Hall at The Brickyard.
Bruce Miller likes the versatility that junior back Michael Byrd brings to the table every Friday night. Gainesville's coach thinks the Red Elephants' offense is better with a back like Byrd complimenting all-state quarterback Deshaun Watson.
White County is known for its option attack, but on Friday night in Oakwood, a few big passing plays were the ultimate difference.
ATLANTA - Buford staved off match point five times in the fourth game of Wednesday's Class AAA state semifinal volleyball match at No. 1 St. Pius X.