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HS football poll: Three area teams finish the season ranked No. 1

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:

December 18, 2012 | From staff reports | All prep football news


A year of ups and downs ends with Gainesville on top

The Gainesville Red Elephants didn't enter the state playoffs with the look of a state title contender.

December 17, 2012 | Zac Taylor | All prep football news


Jefferson upsets No. 1 Calhoun 31-14 for 1st state title

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.

December 16, 2012 | By Latrice Williams For The Times | All prep football news


Gainesville players, fans react to state championship win

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.

December 16, 2012 | Charles Phelps | All prep football news


Big Red rules: Gainesville wins long-awaited state title

ATLANTA - The Gainesville Red Elephants saved their best for last.

December 15, 2012 | Zac Taylor | All prep football news


Gainesville’s champion QB: A golden arm with a team-first attitude

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.

December 15, 2012 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


Buford hoists trophy after a year of adversity

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.

December 14, 2012 | Zac Taylor | All prep football news


Buford claims another state title with 10-3 win

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.

December 14, 2012 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


North Hall's Smith tops 7-AAA All-Region team

North Hall quarterback Andrew Smith has been named the Region 7-AAA All-Region Player of the Year.

December 14, 2012 | From staff reports | All prep football news


Dragons ready for stiff challenge in Class AA title game

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.

December 14, 2012 | Zac Taylor | All prep football news


New-look Wolves back in title game

There's almost nothing familiar about this year's Buford football team.

December 13, 2012 | Zac Taylor | All prep football news


Dragons used early loss as motivation in run to finals

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.

December 12, 2012 | Zac Taylor | All prep football news


High school football: A look at area teams' championship opponents

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.

December 11, 2012 | Brent Holloway | All prep football news


Union County's Bentley honored by Falcons

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.

December 11, 2012 | From staff reports | All prep football news


Gainesville's offense benefits from a rapid, no-huddle structure

Senior center Chase England is so grateful for the state championship game he's about to play in for Gainesville, one he's been dreaming about since he first threw on a jersey at age 8. England says the Red Elephants' rapid-fire offensive system he anchors up front deserves a fair share of the credit for earning them a berth in the Class AAAAA title game against Ware County on Friday night at the Georgia Dome.

December 10, 2012 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


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Chestatee can't break through, falls to Monroe Area 44-17

A victory proved elusive for Chestatee on Friday as the War Eagles finished 0-10 with a 44-17 loss to Monroe Area at War Eagle Stadium.

November 06, 2015 | Times staff reports | All prep football news


Late-season surge lifts West Hall into playoffs with 14-7 win

With their backs against the wall and needing a win to stay alive in the playoff chase, the West Hall Spartans pulled out a 14-7 ...

November 06, 2015 | Zack Myers | All prep football news


Buford leaves no doubt who rules region, blanks Stephens 42-0

Winning never gets old in Buford.

November 06, 2015 | By Jimmy Schofield sports@gainesvilletimes.com | All prep football news


Flowery Branch wins third straight, 30-16 over Salem

With a chance to seal a victory Friday night, Flowery Branch coach Chris Griffin wavered on whether to attempt a field goal or go for ...

October 31, 2015 | By Jared Putnam sports@gainesvilletimes.com | All prep football news


Gainesville grinds past Loganville 24-14, sits in No. 2 seed

For Gainesville to earn a win as big as this one, even coach Bruce Miller can afford to celebrate every now and then.

October 31, 2015 | David Thackham | All prep football news


Oconee stuns Jefferson in double overtime thriller, 36-35

Oconee County senior quarterback Zeb Noland scored from 2 yards out in the second overtime and senior tight end Cooper Saunders converted the two-point conversion ...

October 31, 2015 | Times staff reports | All prep football news


Dawson County clinches first ever region title, thumps Lumpkin County 41-0

The Dawson County Tigers captured their first region championship in school history with a 41-0 win over Lumpkin County Friday night at Tiger Stadium.

October 30, 2015 | | All prep football news


North Hall surges into playoffs, tops Chestatee 42-22

After missing the playoffs last season and a slow start to begin the 2015 campaign, the North Hall Trojans are finishing the season on a ...

October 30, 2015 | By Jimmy Schofield sports@gainesvilletimes.com | All prep football news


East Hall locks up home playoff spot, blasts Fannin County 50-36

East Hall shut down a high-powered Fannin County offense and displayed plenty of its own to lock up home-field advantage and a No. 2 seed ...

October 30, 2015 | Zack Myers | All prep football news


North Forsyth defeats Habersham Central 20-14

October 30, 2015 | Times staff reports | All prep football news


Johnson hangs tough, falls short at Franklin County 14-7

Johnson battled Franklin County in a tight contest Friday night in Carnesville but the home Lions held on for a 14-7 win.

October 30, 2015 | Times staff reports | All prep football news


Riverside plays tough on road, falls at Union County 29-14

Riverside Military Academy hung tough with a one-loss Union County team on Friday night, but the Eagles eventually came up short 29-14 in Blairsville.

October 30, 2015 | Times staff reports | All prep football news


Habersham Central earns first win, 21-6 over Johns Creek

Habersham Central broke through for its first victory of the season Friday night, beating Johns Creek 21-6 at Raider Stadium in Mount Airy.

October 24, 2015 | Times staff reports | All prep football news


White County too much for Chestatee, 52-11

Two struggling teams met Friday night and it was White County that scored on its first drive and never took a foot off the gas ...

October 24, 2015 | By Dusty Haralson sports@gainesvilletimes.com | All prep football news


West Hall tops Fannin County in 2 overtimes, 40-37

Cameron Shirley scored on a 1-yard quarterback sneak to lift West Hall to a 40-37 win over Fannin County in double overtime Friday night in ...

October 23, 2015 | Times staff reports | All prep football news


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