HAMILTON - Gainesville coach Bruce Miller said he figured his offense would be able to score points Friday against Harris County. What he was concerned about was how the defense would fare against one of the state's most productive running backs.
North Hall coach Bob Christmas was even a little shocked by this one. He wasn't surprised that the Trojans won and secured a spot in the state semifinals, just the way it happened.
Gainesville at Harris County When: 7:30 tonight Where: Harris County Stadium, Cleveland Radio: 1240-AM Coaches: Gainesville, Bruce Miller; Harris County, Tommy Parks Records: Gainesville (9-3, No. 2 Region 8-AAAAA); Harris County (8-4, No. 1 Region 1-AAAAA) Winner plays: Allatoona/Whitewater winner Key players: Gainesville, QB Deshaun Watson (6-3, 195 Jr.), S Fred Payne (5-11, 180 Sr.), LB Devan Stringer (5-10, 190 Jr.). Harris County, RB Esaias Chapman (5-9, 180 Jr.); TE/DE Jay Ellison (6-2, ...
North Hall junior Andrew Smith will be sporting a unique, mullett-esque haircut under his helmet going into Friday's quarterfinal playoff game, and he has only himself to blame.
Gainesville coach Bruce Miller said he never dreamed of starting a freshman quarterback against Buford, the Class AA defending state champions, in the opening game of the 2010 season.
A week later, four area teams are still pushing forward in the high school football state playoffs.
MARIETTA - Trailing 35-21 at halftime in Friday's state playoff game, Gainesville head coach Bruce Miller said he didn't tell his players anything special.
JEFFERSON - It was a history making night Friday at Jefferson Memorial Stadium as the Jefferson Dragons ran through the visiting Westminster Wildcats 35-7 to advance in the Class AA state playoffs.
North Hall's Andrew Smith made three huge first quarter plays in Friday's second-round playoff game against Morgan County. The Trojans (10-2) would need them all as they survived a gritty effort from the Bulldogs to earn a 13-9 victory at The Brickyard.
BOGART - North Oconee didn't leave Buford with many chances on Friday, but the Wolves took advantage of the few shots they had.
Terrick Ramsey scored for Commerce on a 69-yard run in the second quarter to cut Seminole County's lead to two scores, but that would be all the Tigers would get as they fell 36-7 on Friday in Donalsonville.
After breaking their first two-game losing streak in five years, Gainesville (8-3) hopes it can ride the momentum of last week's first-round win against Rome, into a win in the second round of the Class AAAAA state playoffs against Kell (10-1) tonight in Marietta. This game is shaping up to feature two heavyweight offenses with a state quarterfinal berth going to the winner.
Morgan County at North Hall When: 7:30 tonight Where: The Brickyard, Gainesville Coaches: Morgan County, Bill Malone; North Hall, Bob Christmas Records: Morgan County (9-2, No. 2 Region 8-AAA), North Hall (9-2, No. 1 Region 7-AAA) Key players: Morgan County, RB Marquis Benton (5-8, 171 Jr.); WR/DB Melvin Davis (5-11, 190 Sr.); C/LB Bailey Ross (5-11, 220 Sr.). North Hall, QB/DB Andrew Smith (5-8, 145 Jr.); QB/LB Bradley Brown (6-2, 205 Sr.); RB/LB Kevin Christmas ...
Even when Kevin Christmas was less than a week old, North Hall coach Bob Christmas and his entire family still took to the sidelines on Friday nights to support another of the Christmas clan.
After a pair of first-round upsets, only five area teams are still standing in the high school football playoffs, and just two of those call Hall County home.