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.
Monroe-Albany at Gainesville
The aged and outdated field house at City Park Stadium, which is used by Gainesville High's football program, may soon be a thing of the past.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.
Hapeville Charter defeated Riverside Military Academy 15-14 on Friday in Hapeville.
Demetrious Walker rushed for 115 yards on 15 carries and scored three touchdowns in Banks County's 43-0 dominating victory Friday night over East Jackson in Homer.
Banks County earned its first victory since October 2012, beating Johnson 28-24 Friday in a back-and-forth game in Oakwood.
Jefferson freshman phenom running back Colby Wood is quickly making a name for himself with a tenacious running style, much more assertive than most young running backs.
BUFORD - The Buford Wolves fell behind three times Friday night, but they didn't blink.
West Hall's Tony Lotti didn't want his players to get too high on themselves after soundly defeating county rival Chestatee 31-0 Friday night.
JEFFERSON - Friday night was a battle of two completely different offenses: White County operates by ground, Jackson County by air.
Commerce quarterback Caleb Brooks powered the Tigers to a 36-14 win over Hebron Christian Academy on Friday in Commerce.
Habersham Central suffered a 41-0 shutout loss to Northview in Region 7-AAAAAA play Friday in Duluth.
Union County improved to 2-0 with Friday's 28-7 win over Lumpkin County in Dahlonega.
Gilmer shut out Dawson County 23-0 on Friday in Dawsonville.
Lakeview Academy fell on the road to St. Francis 45-10 on Friday in Alpharetta.
East Hall fell to 0-2 with Friday night's 38-10 loss to Pickens in Jasper.
WINDER - With the star-studded duo of TJ Skelton and Evan Shirreffs on the field for Jefferson, a productive and powerful offense was expected. What was not expected was how the Dragons used almost everybody but Skelton on their way to a 41-7 win over the Winder-Barrow Bulldoggs at W. Clair Harris Stadium in Winder.
COMMERCE - After last Friday's loss, East Jackson Eagles' head coach Gary Hughes said his team had to limit turnovers to stay in games.