Any way you look at it, similarities between the Gainesville and Lanier football programs are hard to find.
East Hall at West Hall
Georgia Sports Writers Association Prep Football Poll
Being in the right place at the right time pays off.
Buford at Chestatee
White County coach Bill Ballard watched so much film in the past two weeks on Madison County that he now knows the jersey numbers of several key Red Raiders by heart.
Tae Turner is glad he followed through with his decision to play football for Lakeview Academy, even though it wasn't his first sport or an automatic decision when he enrolled last year from Chattahoochee High.
High above the posters, letters and plaques of Gainesville teams gone by, a lone football sits in a case near the door in coach Bruce Miller's office.
Flowery Branch at Cedar Shoals
Ty Maxwell knew Zach Matthews would be an important player for him. The Lumpkin County football coach just didn't realize it would be in the role he filled the last two weeks.
The sign at the edge of Gainesville High School's football practice field reads, "Bruce Miller Field. A Field of Champions."
Gainesville at Apalachee
Momentum is a precious commodity in high school football.
Before fourth-down plays, Isaiah Rowe drops into his stance and visualizes himself blocking punts with a blend of technique, speed, hustle and strength.
Gainesville vs. Winder-Barrow
ACWORTH - Gainesville was in it to the very end.
JEFFERSON - The Jefferson Dragons' run at a second state championship in three seasons ended Friday night at Jefferson Memorial Stadium.
BUFORD - Determination helped Joshua Thomas and Buford take control Friday night and punch the Wolves' ticket into the state semifinals for an eighth consecutive season.
COMMERCE - It wasn't a win for the highlight reel, but Commerce coach Michael Brown will take it.
BUFORD - For Evyn Cooper, it was all about being the next man up.
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.
JEFFERSON - The No. 1-seed Jefferson Dragons put together another dominant performance in the Class AAA state playoffs Friday night at Memorial Stadium, ousting the No. 3-seeded Dodge County Indians, 27-7.
COMMERCE - Once Will Thomas found running room, there was no stopping him.
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.
Elbert County bested Lumpkin County 28-18 in the first round of the Class AAA playoffs on Friday night in Dahlonega.
BUFORD - Sixteen different players carried the ball as top-ranked Buford racked up 423 rushing yards on 36 carries to defeat Southeast Whitfield 63-0 in the opening round of the Class AAAA playoffs on Friday at Tom Riden Stadium.
HARTWELL - Bryan Gray looked over his team of quiet, disappointed East Hall Vikings and gave them a simple message following their 42-14 loss at Hart County.
The running of Kwon Williams and Tyquan Statham was a perfect analogy for the West Hall football team's mentality on Friday night. Quite simply, the Spartans refused to go down without a fight.
JEFFERSON - With freezing temperatures, it took a little time for the Jefferson Dragons' offense to warm up offensively during its Class AAA state playoff opener against the Franklin County Lions.
Model beat Union County 50-36 in the Class AA state playoff opener Friday in Blairsville.