Rafael Upchurch is a fearless and imposing lineman who carries around a heavy heart.
The Flowery Branch offense won't push the issue.
BUFORD - Last Friday night in Buford's 31-0 win, Wolves running back Dontravious Wilson took a handoff and broke to a hole on the right side of the line.
By benefit of a coin flip, Gainesville will be back in City Park Stadium for another Friday night.
Gainesville senior place kicker Aiden Reising isn't used to being called on in big situations, not on a team that averaged 45 points during the first 11 games of the season.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The Flowery Branch Falcons' defense was tasked with making the difference in Friday night's second round playoff game at Falcon Field.
BUFORD -- Every Friday, the Buford Wolves get their opponent's best shot, and every Friday, they turn them away in the same fashion - with dominant defense and a consistent ground game.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Flowery Branch coach Lee Shaw remembers that first big win. It was in the first round of the playoffs in 2005 against a dominant Elbert County program.
Monroe-Albany at Gainesville
The aged and outdated field house at City Park Stadium, which is used by Gainesville High's football program, may soon be a thing of the past.
Imagine for a minute that Gainesville's offense in practice is like a science lab experiment, except with moving parts and bodies in motion.
Due to the distance of travel, the kickoff of Friday's Flowery Branch-Thomas County Central second round playoff game has been moved to 8 p.m.
BUFORD - Buford senior linebacker Nathan Staub feels like the product the Wolves put on the field speaks for itself. Class AA's top-ranked Wolves (11-0), who play host to Jefferson County (8-3) in the second round of the playoffs Friday, are a team blessed with great leadership and talent, he says. The numbers back that up.
Habersham Central's first round game against Chattahoochee amounted to school history; unfortunately it didn't translate to a victory in the Class AAAA state playoffs.
CALHOUN - Jefferson did a lot a good things Friday night in the first round of the Class AA state playoffs against Calhoun, but it was what the Dragons didn't do that led them to a 39-6 defeat on the road.
There wasn't a lot of mystery with what went wrong after a promising start for Flowery Branch on Friday.
Senior running back Trevor O'Brien muffed the opening kickoff, then picked it up and ran 72 yards.
Fumbles plagued the Panthers in a messy 42-13 loss to Elbert County on Friday in Jefferson.
Towns County was shut out by Athens Christian 46-0 Friday night in Athens.
Stephens County defeated White County 30-10 on Friday night in Toccoa.
Chestatee fell on the road to Madison County 49-28 on Friday in Danielsville.
Any way you look at it, similarities between the Gainesville and Lanier football programs are hard to find.
East Hall at West Hall
Georgia Sports Writers Association Prep Football Poll
DAWSONVILLE- East Hall picked up its first Region 7-AAA win in a hotly-contested game against Dawson County on Friday night, holding on for a 36-29 victory.
At least it's over.
Lakeview Academy's Tae Turner is a do-it-all kind of player.
Winder-Barrow overcame an emotional atmosphere on its way to a 24-7 victory over Flowery Branch on Friday night.
White County scored with just 27 seconds left and earned a 34-27 victory over Madison County in a penalty-ridden game Friday in Cleveland.
JEFFERSON - The Jefferson Dragons have shown all year why they are the class of the newly-formed Region 8-AAA by scoring throngs of points and making it tough for opposing offenses to get into Dragon territory, let alone the end zone.