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.
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.
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.