When you head to the Georgia Dome to watch a state championship game, you don't know what to expect. Both teams have great records and both have a history of beating strong opponents. Early in the season, it didn't look to me like Gainesville had a great team, a good team one which was going to have a winning record.
The Top Ten teams in the Associated Press Georgia high school football polls of the 2012 season with first-place votes in parentheses and won-loss record, total points and position last week at right:
The Gainesville Red Elephants didn't enter the state playoffs with the look of a state title contender.
ATLANTA - The Jefferson High football team knocked off the top team in Class AA to earn the program's first state championship Saturday at the Georgia Dome.
On Friday night, Gainesville claimed its first football state championship with a 49-13 victory over Ware County. On Saturday, the effects of the win were just starting to sink in.
ATLANTA - The Gainesville Red Elephants saved their best for last. It didn't matter that this was on the biggest stage, against the No. 1 defense in Class AAAAA. Gainesville routed Ware County 49-13 on Friday night at the Georgia Dome to earn the program its first GHSA state title after falling short in its first six tries. "This is the best feeling for me ever. It hits me right in the heart," Gainesville receiver ...
There was never any doubt that Deshaun Watson would be ready for the occasion. Playing on the state's biggest stage made him an even better leader as he guided the Red Elephants to the Class AAAAA state championship on Friday in Atlanta.
ATLANTA - Dexter Wood said Friday's state title win for Buford High was the sweetest win of them all, not because of the talent on the field - last year's state runner-up team had more - but because of its success despite tragedies and challenges this year's team faced.
ATLANTA – Buford never deviated from what works best, though it was tough sledding for much of the way against St. Pius X in Friday's Class AAA state championship game at The Georgia Dome.
North Hall quarterback Andrew Smith has been named the Region 7-AAA All-Region Player of the Year.
JEFFERSON - After a season filled with convincing victories, the Dragons will be a decided underdog heading into the Class AA state championship game at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
There's almost nothing familiar about this year's Buford football team. This season's Wolves include a host of new faces to replace the 30 graduated seniors - 20 of them starters - from last season's Class AA runners-up. And this season's Buford team finished the regular season with three losses (two by forfeit), and without a region title and a No. 1 seed for only the second time since 2000. "Everything about this year has been ...
JEFFERSON - Wesley Simonton started thinking about the possibility the day after the Jefferson Dragons held off Fitzgerald 53-51 in triple overtime to earn a trip to the state semifinals.
One team is back in the state championship game for the first time in 35 years. One team frequently plays deep into the playoffs but has yet to bring home the elusive title. And one team is in the Georgia Dome so often it has the feel of a second home.
Union County quarterback T Bentley was selected as the Atlanta Falcons Warrick Dunn Captain in the Community of the Year Award winner, after being named one of 10 Captains in the Community earlier in the year.