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This week: Playoff football continues and basketball begins
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The high school football playoffs continue with second round action Friday night. Three Hall County schools, all in Region 7-AAA, and six teams total in the area made it successfully past the first round last Friday night.

In Region 7-AAA, Gainesville (11-0), North Hall (9-2) and Flowery Branch (8-3) all have advanced to the second round for the second straight season. The Red Elephants play host to Dunwoody (7-4) Friday night at Bobby Gruhn Field.

Meanwhile, North Hall and Flowery Branch are hitting the road. The Trojans visit St. Pius X (11-0) on Friday night in Atlanta, following a 39-21 comeback-victory against Ringgold in the first round last Friday at The Brickyard. This is the Trojans’ fourth-consecutive season advancing to the season round.

Flowery Branch goes out on the road again this week.

The Falcons visit Grady in Atlanta on Friday night. Flowery Branch won its playoff opener 17-14 against Ridgeland last Friday in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Flowery Branch last faced Grady in the second round three years ago, a 32-29 win by the Grey Knights.

Jefferson (11-0) plays host to Buford (10-1) in a second-round game at Jefferson Memorial this week. The Wolves are the back-to-back Class AA state champions. The Dragons are looking to qualify for the state quarterfinals for the first time since 1977.

In Class A, Commerce visits Darlington on Friday in Rome. The Tigers won in the first round against Landmark Christian.HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: This week ushers in the beginning of the high school basketball season. Teams from all across the area get a start on the season, including games in region play. Tuesday’s games include Chestatee at West Hall and North Cobb Christian at Riverside Military.

COLLEGE SPORTS: Georgia’s football team plays host to Kentucky on Saturday night at Sanford Stadium. Georgia Tech has the week off to prepare for a visit from Georgia on Nov. 28 at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta.

The Yellow Jackets have already secured the ACC’s Coastal Division title and will play in the ACC title game Dec. 5 in Tampa, Fla.

In college basketball, Georgia’s men play host to Wofford at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Stegeman Coliseum, then visit Alabama-Birmingham at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Georgia’s women visit Chattanooga at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Georgia Tech’s men play host to Dayton at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, followed by a game against George Mason on Friday in Atlanta.

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