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.
For Bruce Miller, the joy derived from Friday night's semifinal win over Whitewater was subdued and short-lived. For the veteran Gainesville coach, a bigger goal lies ahead.
Buford remains Buford. In a season that began with a rise in classification and the replacement of nearly every starter from last year's team, the Wolves are back in the state championship game for the sixth straight year. And they got there in quintessential Buford fashion, stifling Cartersville's explosive offense and pounding the Purple Hurricanes with the running game en route to a 21-10 victory Friday night. The Wolves (11-3), who lost in the Class ...
FAYETTEVILLE - From the coaches to the players to the fans, two words circulated on the field after the game Friday night.
JEFFERSON - After last week's triple-overtime victory over Fitzgerald, Jefferson head coach T McFerrin worried about an emotional letdown Friday night against Greater Atlanta Christian.
ATLANTA – For most of the season, North Hall's wishbone offense was able to run at will. In Friday's Class AAA state semifinal game in Atlanta, St. Pius X had the answer time and time again.
Gainesville coach Bruce Miller made one thing crystal clear with his players early in the week: He didn't want to hear any talk about playing for a state title at the Georgia Dome before they've earned a spot in the game that's still seven days out.
North Hall at St. Pius X When: 7:30 tonight Where: George B. Maloof Stadium, Atlanta Radio: 102.9 FM, 1330 AM Coaches: North Hall, Bob Christmas; St. Pius X, Paul Standard Records: North Hall (11-2, No. 2 Region 7-AAA); St. Pius X (11-2, No. 1 Region 6-AAA) Winner plays: Buford/Cartersville winner Key players: North Hall, QB/DB Andrew Smith (5-8, 145 Jr.), OL Avery Easton (6-3, 260 Sr.), RB/DB T.J. Tate (5-8, 165 Sr.). St. ...
North Hall's T.J. Tate was welcomed back by past teammates with open arms when he told his father it was time to return to Georgia for his final season of high school football. Right away, the Trojans knew Tate had the potential to add to deep backfields on both sides of the ball.
I think it's great for Hall County to have two teams who have already shown they are among the state's elite. I thought that Gainesville scheduled an unusually tough non-region schedule. It shows me that Red Elephants coach Bruce Miller expected a run at the state championship and wasn't going to send his troops on the field without being battle tested.
For just the second time since 1982, two Hall County teams have reached the state semifinals in the same season.
North Hall High School will be selling tickets to Friday's state semifinal football game between North Hall and St. Pius X from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Thursday and 8 a.m. to noon on Friday at North Hall High.
North Hall coach Bob Christmas picked heads and the coin landed tails up Saturday morning, marking one of only a select few incorrect calls this season for the Trojans (11-2), who will thus travel to Atlanta for their state semifinal game Friday against fellow No. 1 seed St. Pius X (11-2).
COLUMBUS - Different ingredients yielded the same result for the Buford High football team on Friday night in Columbus.
JEFFERSON - With a 31-16 lead during the fourth quarter, the Jefferson Dragons didn't imagine that it would take three overtimes to advance to the state semifinals.