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Week 2 Power Ratings: North Hall leads the way

At the end of Week 2 North Hall is our only undefeated team. Gainesville is 1-1, but has played the toughest schedule. I have not talked to coach Bruce Miller about it, but let me speculate: Going into the season he knew he had a number of high-quality athletes, so he scheduled really tough nonregion games, so that when the Red Elephants start playing region games the players are battle-tested and ready.

September 12, 2012 | Chuck Clausen | Prep football columns

Week 1 Power Ratings: Johnson tops the list

After one full week of high school football, we have enough games to start the power ratings. Johnson, who I have seen, looks significantly improved over last year, and the Knights are playing with a new confidence. Betsy and I also saw the Gainesville-West Forsyth game. It looked early like West Forsyth was going to dominate and win in a blowout, however, the Red Elephant does not know how to quit and throw in the towel. You just make him madder, he just plays harder and with more intensity. I sat behind the Gainesville bench and could see coach ...

September 05, 2012 | Chuck Clausen | Prep football columns

Murphy: Gainesville's unexpected playoff run special for players

Friday is going to be a special night and festive atmosphere for Gainesville's football team, especially its seniors.

November 27, 2011 | Bill Murphy | Prep football columns

Murphy: Gainesville and Flowery Branch up for the test in state quarterfinals

There's probably going to be very similar feelings flowing through the locker rooms at Gainesville and Flowery Branch this week with state quarterfinal games looming against their respective classifications No. 1-ranked team Friday.

November 21, 2011 | Bill Murphy | Prep football columns

Murphy: High school reclassification likely to affect many local schools

At Friday's high school playoff games, talk about region realignment may be just as regular as a look ahead in the bracket for Flowery Branch, Gainesville and Buford fans, the only three local schools still alive in the playoffs. If projections hold true, all three of these programs will be on the move up and competing against a new group of schools in the coming years.

November 13, 2011 | Bill Murphy | Prep football columns

Week 11 power ratings: Gainesville overtakes Branch

1. Gainesville (9-1) Power rating 3.84, Average Points 44.20, Average Allowed 11.50: The Red Elephants are storming into the playoffs after finishing the regular season with a 62-7 win over a very talented Stephens County team. This is a team which can, and does, dominate on both sides of the football.

November 09, 2011 | Chuck Clausen | Prep football columns

Murphy: Playoff excitement felt by all involved

Every team fortunate enough to extend its season to the postseason should be extremely proud of its accomplishment.

November 07, 2011 | Bill Murphy | Prep football columns

Week 10 Power Ratings: Falcons, Red Elephants ahead of the pack

1. Flowery Branch (9-0) Power rating 3.88, Average Points 49.11, Average Allowed 12.67: Flowery Branch is coming off a dominating win against Region 8-AAAA rival, the Salem Seminoles.

November 02, 2011 | Chuck Clausen | Prep football columns

Murphy: GHSA coming down hard on transfers

The Georgia High School Association has taken a firm stand against any move deemed to be ineligible by a football player, or what we call transfers in everyday language. Twice in the current month, a pair of member schools (Dalton and Athens Christian) had to vacate wins and in both cases seriously hampering their chances of making the state playoffs.

October 30, 2011 | Bill Murphy | Prep football columns

Week 9 Power Ratings: Undefeated Falcons flying high

1. Flowery Branch (8-0), PR 3.66, Average Points 48.50, Average Allowed 13.25: Loganville gave the Falcons a good night's work and kept the game competitive through the first half last Friday, then the Falcons pulled away to remain Hall County's only undefeated team.

October 26, 2011 | Chuck Clausen | Prep football columns

Murphy: Trojans still have shot at region title game

Out of all the schools in Northeast Georgia playing in a subdivided region, North Hall (4-4, 3-1 Region 8-AAA North) probably has the most riding on this Friday's game. The Trojans are one of three teams that are in the running for the North subregion title, but as a result of last Friday's loss to Franklin County (4-4, 3-1), will have to get some help to make things fall their way.

October 23, 2011 | Bill Murphy | Prep football columns

The Times High School Football Pick 'Em: Week 9

October 20, 2011 | | Prep football columns

Week 9 Power Ratings: Flowery Branch still the class of Hall County

1. Flowery Branch (7-0) Power rating 3.99, Average Points 48.43, Average Allowed 12.14: Flowery Branch visited Heritage last Friday and for the first time this year, in my opinion, played a team which was almost as good as they were.

October 19, 2011 | Chuck Clausen | Prep football columns

Murphy: Intense late-season matchups affect subregion outcomes

The beautiful part of this time of the high school football season is that a couple of big football games have such a drastic impact on an entire region.

October 17, 2011 | Bill Murphy | Prep football columns

The Times High School Football Pick 'Em: Week 8

October 13, 2011 | | Prep football columns

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