BUFORD - Everything surrounding Buford High's football program this time of the year is upbeat.
The Buford High football team remains No. 2 in Class AA in the latest Georgia Prep Football Poll, which was released Tuesday by The Associated Press.
CLEVELAND - For the first time since 2007, White County's football program spent the first Monday afternoon following the end of the regular season by preparing for another football game. The stakes now are sudden death in the Class AAA tournament and the competition will also be good, but the Warriors (8-2) took to the practice field like it was just another practice, even though the excitement level has gone up a notch or two ...
Going into the 2010 season, the biggest question at Gainesville High was how well freshman quarterback Deshaun Watson could direct a Red Elephant offense that made it to the state finals last season.
BOGART - A shutout loss that cost North Oconee the region title left the Titans smarting all week.
Friday night's results showed once again why "defense wins championships" is one of football's oldest clichés.
Led by Quan Clark's 181 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries, Chestatee finished its season with a 29-21 win Friday over Walnut Grove at War Eagle Stadium.
North Hall ended its season with a 52-28 victory on Friday night at The Brickyard to finish the season at .500 overall.
DAHLONEGA - Lumpkin County's playoff dream quickly turned into a nightmare on a cold, wet Friday night.
The Commerce High football team used a strong running game to defeat Social Circle 49-21 on Friday night at Redskins Stadium in Stephens Park.
FLOWERY BRANCH - For the first time this season, Flowery Branch's high octane offense was met with a defense that was too much to overcome.
T. Bently threw three touchdowns Friday night to lead Union County to a 34-6 victory over East Jackson.
Despite being outgained by just 55 yards, the Banks County football team lost 34-13 to Hart County on Friday night at Pete Herndon Stadium in Hartwell.
BUFORD -- That's one title down, one to go for the Buford High football team. Class AA's second-ranked Wolves shut down No. 7 Westminster on Friday 42-0 for the Region 6-AA championship at Tom Riden Stadium. It was the first in a rather short checklist for Georgia's perennial powerhouse. The main goal of course is to end the season just as Buford (9-1) has the last three years, with the AA state title. The next ...
CLEVELAND - Winning region titles never gets old for Gainesville's football program. On Friday, the Red Elephants (9-1) took advantage of three White County turnovers and a key interception by sophomore defensive back Fred Payne early in the fourth quarter to secure a 21-7 win in the Region 8-AAA title game in Cleveland. With the win, the Red Elephants have won three consecutive region championships and secure the No. 1 seed in the state playoffs. ...
CLARKSTON - Gainesville's bid for a second straight state championship fell short Friday night when the Red Elephants were defeated 20-14 by Tucker in the Class AAAAA semifinals at rainy Hallford Stadium.
BUFORD - Buford overcame a sluggish first half and scored 17 third-quarter points to beat the Callaway Cavaliers 24-14 on Friday night in the Class AAA state semifinals.
Deshaun Watson couldn't help but smile.
Gainesville High quarterback Deshaun Watson was named the 2013-2014 Gatorade Georgia Football Player of the Year, according to an announcement made Thursday by The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with USA TODAY High School Sports.
BUFORD - Buford coach Jess Simpson might have the best backup quarterback in Georgia.
This is the most fun time of year to play high school football for those still in the running.
Just like last season, Gainesville's football team will have to find a way to win in enemy territory in order to reach the Class AAAAA state championship game in The Georgia Dome. Buford, meanwhile, can punch its ticket to the Class AAA title contest in the friendly confines of Tom Riden Stadium.
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.
The Gainesville Red Elephants are starting to become very comfortable at playing football when the weather turns cold.
BARNESVILLE - Despite being in unfamiliar territory on Friday against Jefferson, Lamar County didn't panic.
BUFORD - It wasn't pretty, but Buford's quarterfinal matchup with fellow state power Carver-Columbus finished in usual fashion - with the Wolves on top.
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 - Lately it's almost a given that top-ranked Buford will face Carver-Columbus in the playoffs.
Tickets for Gainesville's Class AAAAA state quarterfinal game Friday against Mundy's Mill will be on sale from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday in the school's lobby.