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.
Gainesville finished the regular season with a much different feeling than it started just three months ago.
East Hall outlasted Banks County in a thrilling 35-21 win on Friday at East Hall Stadium to lock up a No. 3 seed for the state playoffs from Region 7-AAA.
West Hall's regular season began with an empty picture frame.
HARTWELL - Coming into Friday night's region championship-deciding game between the Jefferson Dragons and Hart County Bulldogs, it was the offenses that had all the attention as the driving forces behind both teams' 9-0 records.
The White County High football team is going back to the playoffs for a program-record third straight season and fourth time in five years.
Union County held on in the closing moments to earn a heart-stopping 35-34 win over Washington-Wilkes on Friday in Blairsville.
Habersham Central fell to Chattahoochee 35-28 on Friday in Mount Airy one week after ending its 21-game losing streak.
Dawson County earned its second win of the season in the 2014 finale, beating Johnson 28-0 on Friday in Dawsonville.
Commerce heads into the state playoffs with momentum after defeated Lakeview Academy 55-28 on Friday night in Commerce.
Riverside Military Academy closed out the 2014 season on a high note with Friday night's 34-14 victory in Social Circle.
Buford's defense held Stephens County to 46 total yards and only allowed the Indians to cross midfield once as the top-ranked Wolves captured their first championship in Region 8-AAAA with a 56-0 victory on Friday in Toccoa.
Monroe Area bested Chestatee 41-28 on Friday to cap a disappointing season for both teams at Monroe.
HOMER - West Hall coach Tony Lotti got a muted response when he told his team to get excited for next week's decisive region battle against Lumpkin County.
When Gainesville needed a lift late in Friday's contest against Loganville, hard-hitting defensive back Toddrick Turner was more than happy to oblige.
Lakeview Academy fell to Prince Avenue Christian 49-10 on Friday at Jock Hornor Field in Gainesville.