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.
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The aged and outdated field house at City Park Stadium, which is used by Gainesville High's football program, may soon be a thing of the past.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.
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.
Lumpkin County rode a hot quarterback to a 27-21 win over Franklin County on Friday in Dahlonega.
Every second half possession for both teams resulted in a score, but it wasn't quite enough for Commerce in a 42-27 loss to Prince Avenue on Friday in Bogart.
North Oconee kept North Hall winless with a 42-6 victory on Friday at The Brickyard.
With a safety the only thing on the board for Gainesville through almost two quarters, Toddrick Turner had a hand in a pair of plays that turned the tide.
Union County defeated Oglethorpe County 46-0 as Jacob Rogers' three touchdowns led the Panthers to victory on Friday in Lexington.
Fannin County held off Banks County 30-23 on Friday in Blue Ridge.
Oconee County ran past Jackson County 42-21 on Friday in Watkinsville.
A field goal in overtime lifted Strong Rock Christian to a 10-7 victory over Riverside Military Academy Friday night in Locust Grove.
DAWSONVILLE- West Hall took a huge first step toward a Region 7-AAA playoff spot on Friday.
With the crux of his offensive and defensive schemes sitting injured on the Gainesville bench, even a dominant win over a region opponent couldn't put coach Bruce Miller in a good mood late Friday night.
Johnson's football players posed for an impromptu celebratory shot together, while Knights coach Jason Roquemore was bopping around the field after Friday's game against Riverside Military Academy at Maginnis Field in Gainesville.
JEFFERSON - After a first-possession fumble by the undefeated Jefferson Dragons on Friday night, the annual Battle of Jefferson against Jackson County had all the makings of a great rivalry game: an early turnover, a fired-up crowd and the home team looking to score quickly.
A pair of quick-strike touchdowns helped Lumpkin County take control early. Then, the Indians' ball-control offense kept them in front late.
North Oconee rolled past Chestatee 51-7 on Friday in Bogart.