Gainesville's Deshaun Watson is highly motivated and intensely focused on becoming the best football player possible. And the physical talent of the Red Elephants' sophomore quarterback displayed in 2011 was off the charts.
An impressive season for two area stars has ended in the highest honors for their respective classes.
For Banks County football coach Philip Jones, success in 2011 came before the team's opening kickoff.
West Hall has hired its next football coach, athletic director Scott Justus confirmed Thursday.
The magical 2011 season for Buford football can be described in many ways.
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The Johnson High football team will play a non-region football schedule for the next two school years, athletic director Tim Rogers announced Monday.
Progress turned out to be not such a slow process after all for Gainesville's football program in 2011.
ATLANTA - Heads hung. Tears lined the players' eyes. There was no celebration; there was no trophy presentation.
Hall County's most fervent high school football rivalry will not be renewed for the next two-year scheduling cycle. North Hall coach Bob Christmas and Gainesville coach Bruce Miller agreed Thursday to not play during the 2012 and 2013 seasons.
All season, the Buford High football team has made a habit of running away to blow-out victories over clearly overmatched opponents.
Flowery Branch High School may have a new football coach, but little change is expected under the new leadership.
COLUMBUS - In its semifinal playoff game against Carver High on Friday, Buford faced adversity as it hadn't faced all year.
Gainesville coach Bruce Miller already knew Burke County had a running game with elite speed from watching game film before Friday's state semifinal game at City Park Stadium.
SUGAR HILL - Messiah Dorsey is done with it.
Jefferson's Colby Wood tallied 115 yards rushing and scored three touchdowns as the fourth-ranked Dragons rolled to a 51-16 victory against Morgan County on Friday in Madison.
Buford topped the 50-point mark for the fourth time this season Friday night in a 56-0 win over North Hall.
Lakeview saw its two-game win streak ended Friday in a 34-14 loss to George Walton Academy in Monroe.
Riverside Military Academy fell to Washington-Wilkes 13-10 on Friday at Maginnis Field in Gainesville.
Once West Hall took the lead, Kwon Williams wasn't about to let the Spartans give it away.
There wasn't a lot of mystery with what went wrong after a promising start for Flowery Branch on Friday.
Senior running back Trevor O'Brien muffed the opening kickoff, then picked it up and ran 72 yards.
Fumbles plagued the Panthers in a messy 42-13 loss to Elbert County on Friday in Jefferson.
Towns County was shut out by Athens Christian 46-0 Friday night in Athens.
Stephens County defeated White County 30-10 on Friday night in Toccoa.
Chestatee fell on the road to Madison County 49-28 on Friday in Danielsville.
DAWSONVILLE- East Hall picked up its first Region 7-AAA win in a hotly-contested game against Dawson County on Friday night, holding on for a 36-29 victory.
At least it's over.
Lakeview Academy's Tae Turner is a do-it-all kind of player.