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High school football: Gainesville set to open 2020 at 5A powerhouse Stockbridge
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Gainesville High football players practice Monday, Aug. 17, 2020, at Bruce Miller Field in preparation for the upcoming season. - photo by Scott Rogers

On Friday afternoon, Gainesville High football coach Heath Webb announced to The Times that his program would open the season with a road trip to Class 5A Stockbridge on Sept. 4. Earlier this week, the Red Elephants filled the first of two holes in the schedule with a September 25 game against Discovery at City Park Stadium. 

Stockbridge is one of the top programs out of south metropolitan Atlanta, having topped 10 wins every season from 2011-2018, including three trips to the state semifinals during that time period. 

Gainesville had two games to fill in the schedule after Fulton County last week announced an additional two-week delay to fall sports. The Red Elephants were supposed to open against John's Creek and Chattahoochee, both public schools in North Fulton County. 

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