To win a state championship, it always takes a little luck. This week for the No. 2 ranked Buford Wolves - who are going for their fourth straight Class AA title - luck was on their side.
The sullen look on Gainesville High's coach Bruce Miller said it all.
BUFORD - Even Buford High coach Jess Simpson has to wonder if his team can peak any higher than it has already. The Wolves breezed into the quarterfinals of the Class AA playoffs with a 52-14 victory Friday over Callaway at Tom Riden Stadium.
ATLANTA - Turnovers are a killer. Giving up big plays can be just as frustrating.
MARIETTA - Brian Randolph was all over the field Friday night.
White County at Grady
FLOWERY BRANCH - It's been well documented Flowery Branch is no stranger to playoff success on the road. In 2008 and 2009, the Falcons advanced to the Class AAA finals and semifinals, respectively, playing nothing but away games.
BUFORD - Along with the state championship contenders and college prospects littering the field, a punishing running game has been one of the constants of the Buford High football program in recent years.
CLEVELAND- It has been a fall of firsts for White County High.
In almost every game last year, Gainesville High's Markece Robertson and Devon Pierce watched from the sidelines as their team made its run to the Class AAA state championship.
The Gainesville High varisty basketball teams will hold a tailgate from 5:30-7 p.m. Friday in the Green Street Pool Parking lot as a precede to the Red Elephants second-round football game with Cedar Grove.
Reserved tickets for Gainesville High's second round state playoff match up with Cedar Grove at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Bobby Gruhn Field will be on sale from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. starting today at the high school main office.
Northeast Georgia football made a statement in the opening round of the state playoffs Friday, as three of the four teams from Region 8-AAA, including Gainesville and White County, advanced to the second round.
FLOWERY BRANCH - After suffering its first loss of the season last week, Flowery Branch is now back on track.
CLEVELAND - Ashely Lowery refused for White County High's story to end in the first round of the Class AAA state playoffs.
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.
Flowery Branch earned its first Region 8-AAAAA victory of the season on Friday, beating Cedar Shoals 17-7 in Athens.