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Gainesville hosts Mundy’s Mill in third straight quarterfinals appearance

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.

November 29, 2013 | Ed Hooper | All prep football news


Jefferson next to challenge top-ranked Lamar County

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.

November 29, 2013 | Ed Hooper | All prep football news


Buford rides on, blasts Woodward Academy 40-7

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.

November 22, 2013 | Ed Hooper | All prep football news


Football Player of the Week: White County's Dalton Whitfield

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.

November 19, 2013 | Ed Hooper | All prep football news


GHSA reclassification has North Hall, Buford, White County and Jefferson moving up in 2014

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.

November 18, 2013 | Ed Hooper | High schools


Chestatee overcomes sloppy start for 1st ever playoff win

Chestatee overcame a shaky opening quarter and ended up making history on Friday night at War Eagles Stadium.

November 15, 2013 | Ed Hooper | All prep football news


Gainesville's Watson signs with Clemson, Stringer with Appalachian State

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.

November 14, 2013 | Ed Hooper | All prep football news


West Hall, North Hall seek road victories in first round

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.

November 14, 2013 | Ed Hooper | All prep football news


High school football notebook: Area teams prepare for postseason

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.

November 12, 2013 | Ed Hooper | All prep football news


Flowery Branch boys win state cross country title

CARROLLTON - Flowery Branch's boys cross country runners remember the heartbreaking feeling of finishing runner-up to McIntosh a season ago.

November 09, 2013 | Ed Hooper | High schools


West Hall tops Dawson 10-7 for 1st playoff trip since 2002

DAWSONVILLE - Tony Lotti had an important phone call to make.

November 09, 2013 | Ed Hooper | All prep football news


Trojans hope to shock Buford in Region 7 title game

Buford controls its own destiny and can clinch the Region 7-AAA championship tonight with a win over North Hall at The Brickyard.

November 08, 2013 | Ed Hooper | All prep football news


Football Player of the Week: Gainesville's Michael Byrd

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.

November 04, 2013 | Ed Hooper | All prep football news


Warriors take to the air to beat West Hall, 14-0

White County is known for its option attack, but on Friday night in Oakwood, a few big passing plays were the ultimate difference.

November 01, 2013 | Ed Hooper | All prep football news


Buford volleyball falls in state semifinals against St. Pius X

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.

October 30, 2013 | Ed Hooper | High schools


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