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Jefferson upsets No. 1 Calhoun 31-14 for 1st state title

ATLANTA - The Jefferson High football team knocked off the top team in Class AA to earn the program's first state championship Saturday at the Georgia Dome.

December 16, 2012 | By Latrice Williams For The Times | All prep football news


Gainesville players, fans react to state championship win

On Friday night, Gainesville claimed its first football state championship with a 49-13 victory over Ware County. On Saturday, the effects of the win were just starting to sink in.

December 16, 2012 | Charles Phelps | All prep football news


Big Red rules: Gainesville wins long-awaited state title

ATLANTA - The Gainesville Red Elephants saved their best for last.

December 15, 2012 | Zac Taylor | All prep football news


Gainesville’s champion QB: A golden arm with a team-first attitude

There was never any doubt that Deshaun Watson would be ready for the occasion. Playing on the state's biggest stage made him an even better leader as he guided the Red Elephants to the Class AAAAA state championship on Friday in Atlanta.

December 15, 2012 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


Buford hoists trophy after a year of adversity

ATLANTA - Dexter Wood said Friday's state title win for Buford High was the sweetest win of them all, not because of the talent on the field - last year's state runner-up team had more - but because of its success despite tragedies and challenges this year's team faced.

December 14, 2012 | Zac Taylor | All prep football news


Buford claims another state title with 10-3 win

ATLANTA – Buford never deviated from what works best, though it was tough sledding for much of the way against St. Pius X in Friday's Class AAA state championship game at The Georgia Dome.

December 14, 2012 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


North Hall's Smith tops 7-AAA All-Region team

North Hall quarterback Andrew Smith has been named the Region 7-AAA All-Region Player of the Year.

December 14, 2012 | From staff reports | All prep football news


Dragons ready for stiff challenge in Class AA title game

JEFFERSON - After a season filled with convincing victories, the Dragons will be a decided underdog heading into the Class AA state championship game at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

December 14, 2012 | Zac Taylor | All prep football news


New-look Wolves back in title game

There's almost nothing familiar about this year's Buford football team.

December 13, 2012 | Zac Taylor | All prep football news


Dragons used early loss as motivation in run to finals

JEFFERSON - Wesley Simonton started thinking about the possibility the day after the Jefferson Dragons held off Fitzgerald 53-51 in triple overtime to earn a trip to the state semifinals.

December 12, 2012 | Zac Taylor | All prep football news


High school football: A look at area teams' championship opponents

One team is back in the state championship game for the first time in 35 years. One team frequently plays deep into the playoffs but has yet to bring home the elusive title. And one team is in the Georgia Dome so often it has the feel of a second home.

December 11, 2012 | Brent Holloway | All prep football news


Union County's Bentley honored by Falcons

Union County quarterback T Bentley was selected as the Atlanta Falcons Warrick Dunn Captain in the Community of the Year Award winner, after being named one of 10 Captains in the Community earlier in the year.

December 11, 2012 | From staff reports | All prep football news


Gainesville's offense benefits from a rapid, no-huddle structure

Senior center Chase England is so grateful for the state championship game he's about to play in for Gainesville, one he's been dreaming about since he first threw on a jersey at age 8. England says the Red Elephants' rapid-fire offensive system he anchors up front deserves a fair share of the credit for earning them a berth in the Class AAAAA title game against Ware County on Friday night at the Georgia Dome.

December 10, 2012 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


The countdown is on for the football state championship weekend

For Bruce Miller, the joy derived from Friday night's semifinal win over Whitewater was subdued and short-lived. For the veteran Gainesville coach, a bigger goal lies ahead.

December 08, 2012 | Brent Holloway | All prep football news


Buford reaches state final for 6th straight year

Buford remains Buford.

December 08, 2012 | By Andrew B. Adler For The Times | All prep football news


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East Hall falls to Wesleyan in opener, 49-6

Wesleyan dominated Friday's season opener at East Hall, beating the Vikings 49-6.

August 28, 2015 | Times staff reports | All prep football news


Lakeview falls short in opener to East Jackson, 21-16

East Jackson spoiled the season opener for Lakeview Academy on Friday, beating the Lions 21-16 at Jock Hornor Stadium in Gainesville.

August 28, 2015 | Times staff reports | All prep football news


Rammed tough: Gainesville blanked in opener by Grayson, 34-0

Messiah Dorsey's debut as quarterback for Gainesville High was a baptism by fire in a 34-0 shutout loss to Grayson (1-0) on Friday night ...

August 28, 2015 | David Thackham | All prep football news


Sub QB leads Flowery Branch over Chestatee, 34-10

After missing the playoffs for the first time since 2004 last season, the Flowery Branch Falcons started 2015 off on the right foot in their ...

August 28, 2015 | By Taylor Gantt sports@gainesvilletimes.com | All prep football news


West Hall still owns Oakwood, tops Johnson 35-9

West Hall had a simple formula for success against Johnson: translate turnovers into touchdowns.

August 28, 2015 | Jared Putnam | All prep football news


Wood's 5-TD effort boosts Dragons past Winder, 32-17

JEFFERSON - In what was a much-anticipated week 2 matchup between the Jefferson Dragons and Winder-Barrow Bulldoggs, the Dragons pulled away late in the fourth quarter ...

August 28, 2015 | BY COLIN HUBBARD Times staff reports | All prep football news


Big 2nd half lists Jackson County past Madison County, 48-23

DANIELSVILLE - Down 17-6 at halftime, the Jackson County Panthers needed a spark to get back in the game against the Madison County Red Raiders, so ...

August 28, 2015 | BY CHARLES PHELPS cphelps@clickthepaper.com | All prep football news


Forsyth County defeats Dawson County, 28-8

August 28, 2015 | Times staff reports | All prep football news


Commerce blows past Banks County 55-13 after tight start

HOMER - The Commerce Tigers showed why they are the big cats in the neighborhood, beating the Banks County Leopards 55-13 on Friday night in Homer.

August 28, 2015 | By Kyle Funderburk For The Times | All prep football news


Buford overwhelms Berkmar, 77-0

The Buford Wolves defense held Berkmar to nine yards of total offense in a 77-0 victory Friday night at Tom Riden Stadium.

August 28, 2015 | Times staff reports | All prep football news


What an opening night for Knights: Johnson blanks Madison County, 17-0

Johnson High's Sam Corbett said he wasn't feeling unsettling nerves, even though the freshman was lining up at quarterback in the season opener ...

August 21, 2015 | Bill Murphy | All prep football news


Jefferson opens with 19-7 win over Rabun County

TIGER - Whatever questions skeptics had about the Jefferson Dragons' hopes for the 2015 season may have been answered Friday night in the Dragons' 19-7 victory ...

August 21, 2015 | Charles Phelps | All prep football news


Buford overcomes miscues to win 41st straight, 27-20

For all of the fumbles, all of the miscues, all of the blown drives that Buford had Friday night, head coach Jess Simpson took at ...

August 21, 2015 | David Thackham | All prep football news


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