Gainesville High football coach Bruce Miller has thought for a long time that the Red Elephants have one of the top stadiums in the state.
Gainesville's 2011 season could have hardly started with an uglier opening game - a 49-0 loss to Buford.
Marcus Dupree is widely considered one of the greatest high school football players who ever lived.
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Johnson High coach Jason Roquemore has a feeling the best is yet to come in 2012.
First-year West Hall coach Tony Lotti roams the school's practice field wearing a shirt that speaks volumes to his vision for the program. The shirt itself isn't the eye catcher. It's a standard gray T-shirt with the Spartans logo imprinted near the top. However, it's what is below the Spartan head that everyone will notice. Pressed in black numbers that are big enough to see from a distance, it reads 11-16-12.
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Johnson's players couldn't stop smiling after Friday's 19-13 win against West Hall in the annual Battle of Oakwood. Knights senior running back Cedric Harris felt like beating his team's archrival right out of the gate could serve as a turning point for a program that was winless in 2011.
DAWSONVILLE - The victory flag is up at Tiger Stadium, and the Dawson County football team stands atop Region 7-AAA.
Johnson senior running back Cedric Harris isn't giving away a closely guarded secret when he says Friday's game against West Hall will be the Knights' biggest game for 2012. It's always a big deal when the two high schools in Oakwood play. It even has its own title: The Battle of Oakwood.
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Dawson County is entering the 2012 season with arguably higher expectations than the program has ever experienced.
The past two seasons have strayed from the norm for North Hall under coach Bob Christmas.
Building continuity is an annual struggle for East Hall, which breaks in a number of new players on a yearly basis.
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When North Hall quarterback Drew Atha missed the first three games of this season, he asked coach David Bishop if he could dress out while watching the games from the sideline.
On a handful of occasions Friday, Devin Watson made plays that were sheer athletic brilliance for East Hall.
Flowery Branch defeated Loganville 29-14 on Friday at Falcon Field.
West Hall's first region title in the program's 27-year history is just within grasp, junior running back Kwon Williams said after a 49-0 shellacking of Fannin County Friday night.
Gainesville rolled to its sixth win of the season Friday, beating Cedar Shoals 61-26 in Athens.
Chris Dennis came through for North Hall with a last-chance field goal to lift his team to victory in a 38-35 win against Monroe Area on Friday in Gainesville.
CLEVELAND - The Chestatee War Eagles couldn't have scripted a better start, but the White County Warriors used an opportunistic defense and a pair of quick strikes on offense to secure a decisive comeback victory Friday.
Commerce rolled past Towns County 58-0 on Friday to stay in the region playoff hunt.
HOMER - Banks County jumped out to a 12-0 lead early only to see Dawson County take 21-12 a lead at halftime Friday night. But the Leopards rediscovered their early success and did not allow the Tigers to score in the second half while rallying for a 27-21 victory.
BOGART - North Oconee knew what it was up against when Buford made the trip to Bogart.
Habersham Central fell at Johns Creek 42-14 on Friday in Alpharetta.
Greene County held off Riverside Military Academy 24-7 on Friday at Maginnis Field in Gainesville.
Jackson County bested county rival East Jackson 35-15 on Friday in Commerce.
Athens Christian shut out Lakeview Academy 40-0 on Friday at Eagle Field in Athens.