This isn't uncharted territory for the Gainesville Red Elephants. If anything, the members of Gainesville's football team expected to be here, practicing the week of Thanksgiving and playing in a high-profile quarterfinal matchup on Black Friday.
JEFFERSON - Trailing by three points in the closing minutes of last week's second-round playoff matchup at Heard County, Jefferson's defense was able to do something it hadn't been able to do all game long: Make a stop.
BUFORD - Lately it's almost a given that top-ranked Buford will face Carver-Columbus in the playoffs.
Tickets for Gainesville's Class AAAAA state quarterfinal game Friday against Mundy's Mill will be on sale from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday in the school's lobby.
One of the few uncertain moments for top-ranked Buford (12-0) came early Saturday morning with a coin flip to determine home field for Friday's state quarterfinal game against No. 4 Carver-Columbus (11-1).
Out of all the impressive things Gainesville did in its second-round playoff win against South Paulding, it was a brilliant third quarter that stood out the most. The Red Elephants (11-1) scored touchdowns on all four offensive possessions in the third period, while stifling the Spartans' offense, to secure a 51-12 win at City Park Stadium.
TYRONE - Chestatee made major strides during its 2013 season, building a campaign that reached historic levels in the program's short history.
BUFORD - Thomas Wilson scored two touchdowns in just over a minute and Tyler Winslow returned a blocked punt 14 yards as the Buford Wolves blew open what was a close second-round playoff matchup against Woodward Academy on Friday night at Tom Riden Stadium to win 40-7.
ROSWELL - The No. 1-seed Blessed Trinity Titans defeated the No. 2-seed White County Warriors 38-0 in the second round of the AAA state playoffs, Friday night at Titan Field.
Commerce held Charlton County scoreless in the second half but couldn't secure a comeback, falling 35-21 to Charlton County in the first round of the Class A public state playoffs on Friday in Commerce.
South Paulding Spartans at Gainesville Red Elephants
Gainesville wide receiver Jay Gaudlock has made the offseason decision of coach Bruce Miller look like a stroke of genius.
Chestatee tight end Noah Baxter put it simply when describing the implications of Friday's state playoff game against Sandy Creek.
When Dalton Whitfield broke his jaw in White County's Week 4 loss to Blessed Trinity last season, he was forced to sit out the Warriors' final seven games.
Second-round football playoff tickets for Gainesville's game against South Paulding will be on sale from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday in the school's front office.
Flowery Branch earned its first Region 8-AAAAA victory of the season on Friday, beating Cedar Shoals 17-7 in Athens.
Stephens County kept North Hall winless with a 48-19 win Friday in Toccoa.
Tae Turner's five touchdowns powered Lakeview Academy to its first region win in school history, a 38-3 victory over Providence Christian on Friday at Jock Hornor Field in Gainesville.
Habersham Centrall fell on the road Friday to Alpharetta 52-3 as the Raiders continue to struggle in Region 7-AAAAAA, falling to 0-5 on the year.
George Walton defeated Towns County 48-28 as ihe Indians fell to 1-4 on Friday in Monroe.
Union County ran up a 52-19 win over Social Circle on Friday in Blairsville.
Commerce defeated Athens Christian 10-7 on Friday in Athens.
Franklin County held off Banks County 22-21 on Friday night in Homer.
BETHLEHEM - Gainesville coach Bruce Miller hit a big milestone Friday night.
BUFORD - Buford opened Region 8-AAAA play with a 42-10 victory over White County at home on Friday night.
CARROLLTON - It took a little longer than he anticipated, but Ed Dudley has registered victory No. 1 as the head coach of the Carrollton High School football team.
With Devin Watson in shorts on the sideline Friday night, East Hall didn't have the firepower to keep up with Jackson County.
Flowery Branch made a number of costly mistakes Friday against Heritage.
Lumpkin County lost a tight contest on the road to Our Lady of Mercy on Friday, 42-35 in Fayetteville.
Commerce used late heroics to pull out a 27-20 victory over Athens Academy on Friday at Ray Lamb Stadium.