Area High school football fans will need to bundle up tonight as they head off to quarterfinal contests in Gainesville, Buford and Columbus.
Temperatures will be hovering in the mid-40s around the 7:30 kickoff tonight as the undefeated Gainesville Red Elephants welcome 9-3 Cairo, the Class AAA defending state champions, to Bobby Gruhn Field at City Park.
Gainesville is on a 15-game home winning streak and facing a Syrupmaker team that graduated 19 starters last year.
Fans can expect heavy traffic in the area around City Park. Additional parking will be available next door at the Gainesville Civic Center for $5.
Making their 10th consecutive appearance in the third round of the postseason, the 11-1 Buford Wolves play host to Cook (7-5) at Tom Riden Stadium in Buford in the Class AA quarterfinals. It will be a little bit colder for fans in Buford, as temperatures could be in the low 40s for the 7:30 p.m. kickoff.
Tonight’s game will be the final home game for Buford, win or lose. The Wolves would travel to take on the winner of the Fitzgerald/Calloway game next week in the semifinals.
Flowery Branch fans, traveling south to Columbus to take on Carver in Class AAA quarterfinals, won’t be much warmer. Game time temperatures there are expected to be in the upper 40s at Memorial Stadium at 7:30 p.m. Flowery Branch has been on the road for all of its postseason contests this year. Their playoff record on the road is 6-0 over the past two seasons.
Tickets for all games are $10.