To win a state championship, it always takes a little luck. This week for the No. 2 ranked Buford Wolves - who are going for their fourth straight Class AA title - luck was on their side.
The sullen look on Gainesville High's coach Bruce Miller said it all.
BUFORD - Even Buford High coach Jess Simpson has to wonder if his team can peak any higher than it has already. The Wolves breezed into the quarterfinals of the Class AA playoffs with a 52-14 victory Friday over Callaway at Tom Riden Stadium.
ATLANTA - Turnovers are a killer. Giving up big plays can be just as frustrating.
MARIETTA - Brian Randolph was all over the field Friday night.
White County at Grady
FLOWERY BRANCH - It's been well documented Flowery Branch is no stranger to playoff success on the road. In 2008 and 2009, the Falcons advanced to the Class AAA finals and semifinals, respectively, playing nothing but away games.
BUFORD - Along with the state championship contenders and college prospects littering the field, a punishing running game has been one of the constants of the Buford High football program in recent years.
CLEVELAND- It has been a fall of firsts for White County High.
In almost every game last year, Gainesville High's Markece Robertson and Devon Pierce watched from the sidelines as their team made its run to the Class AAA state championship.
The Gainesville High varisty basketball teams will hold a tailgate from 5:30-7 p.m. Friday in the Green Street Pool Parking lot as a precede to the Red Elephants second-round football game with Cedar Grove.
Reserved tickets for Gainesville High's second round state playoff match up with Cedar Grove at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Bobby Gruhn Field will be on sale from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. starting today at the high school main office.
Northeast Georgia football made a statement in the opening round of the state playoffs Friday, as three of the four teams from Region 8-AAA, including Gainesville and White County, advanced to the second round.
FLOWERY BRANCH - After suffering its first loss of the season last week, Flowery Branch is now back on track.
CLEVELAND - Ashely Lowery refused for White County High's story to end in the first round of the Class AAA state playoffs.
Kelly Davis saw the invitation to take over as Riverside Military Academy football coach as the ultimate vote of confidence.
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.