Gainesville's Deshaun Watson is highly motivated and intensely focused on becoming the best football player possible. And the physical talent of the Red Elephants' sophomore quarterback displayed in 2011 was off the charts.
An impressive season for two area stars has ended in the highest honors for their respective classes.
For Banks County football coach Philip Jones, success in 2011 came before the team's opening kickoff.
West Hall has hired its next football coach, athletic director Scott Justus confirmed Thursday.
The magical 2011 season for Buford football can be described in many ways.
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The Johnson High football team will play a non-region football schedule for the next two school years, athletic director Tim Rogers announced Monday.
Progress turned out to be not such a slow process after all for Gainesville's football program in 2011.
ATLANTA - Heads hung. Tears lined the players' eyes. There was no celebration; there was no trophy presentation.
Hall County's most fervent high school football rivalry will not be renewed for the next two-year scheduling cycle. North Hall coach Bob Christmas and Gainesville coach Bruce Miller agreed Thursday to not play during the 2012 and 2013 seasons.
All season, the Buford High football team has made a habit of running away to blow-out victories over clearly overmatched opponents.
Flowery Branch High School may have a new football coach, but little change is expected under the new leadership.
COLUMBUS - In its semifinal playoff game against Carver High on Friday, Buford faced adversity as it hadn't faced all year.
Gainesville coach Bruce Miller already knew Burke County had a running game with elite speed from watching game film before Friday's state semifinal game at City Park Stadium.
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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.
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Michael Byrd's joy can be found in watching his two sons playing football for Gainesville High on Fridays in the fall. Part of the excitement is watching his sons, Michael and Chris, following in his footsteps as standouts for the Red Elephants. The other part is just the paternal joy of watching the next generation do what they love.
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.
Model beat Union County 50-36 in the Class AA state playoff opener Friday in Blairsville.
White County fell to Cartersville, the No. 1 from Region 7-AAAA, 54-0 Friday night in the first round of the Class AAAA state playoffs at Cartersville.