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This week: Gainesville, Buford football to play in semifinals on Friday
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The lights will stay on Friday night at City Park Stadium.

After upsetting No. 1 Sandy Creek last Friday and winning a coin toss for home field the following day, Gainesville will host Burke County in the Class AAA semifinals on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

The Red Elephants last hosted a semifinal game in 2009, defeating Flowery Branch 29-21 before falling in the state title game to Peach County.

Buford High will also play in the semifinals on Friday, but will be on the road for a rematch at Carver High in Columbus.

Buford defeated Carver 35-7 on Sept. 2 in its third game of the season.

The winners of each game will play at the Georgia Dome for the state championship on Dec. 9-10, respectively.

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: The season is officially in full swing for both girls and boys teams.

The North Hall boys will get their season under way Tuesday at Pickens County. The girls, which have one game under their belt, a one-point win against Oconee County, will face the Pickens girls on the same day.

The Johnson boys will play at Lakeview Academy on Wednesday, and Flowery Branch will host East Hall on Friday. East Hall will play again on Saturday at Gainesville.

HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING: A busy week in wrestling will be headlined by weekend meets for a number of area teams.

Commerce, Gainesville and Jefferson will compete in the Panther Invitational on Friday and Saturday at Jackson County.

Banks County, Dawson County, Lumpkin County, North Hall, Riverside Academy and Union County will compete at the King of the Mountain competition at Towns County on the same days.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: After winning the Governor’s Cup with a 31-17 win over Georgia Tech last Saturday, Georgia will try to knock off No. 1 LSU in the SEC Championship on Saturday.

LSU, which defeated No. 3 Arkansas last Friday, is undefeated and playing for a berth in the BCS title game. Upsetting LSU would give Georgia a berth in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 3, 2012.

ATLANTA FALCONS: The Falcons (7-4), who remain firmly in the hunt for the NFC South division crown, will travel to Houston to take on the Texans on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Despite losing quarterback Matt Schaub to injury, the Texans (8-3) defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday and remain the favorite in the AFC South.

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