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Gainesville, Buford each have something to prove tonight (Video)

By Morgan Lee Sports Editor
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For much of the past 10 years they have been arguably the top two programs in northeast Georgia.

Buford and Gainesville have been synonymous with success on the field, and tonight the two power programs will pit themselves against each other for the fifth time in history.

During that time it's been pretty much one-way traffic, as the Wolves (who have seven state titles over the past 11 seasons) lead the series 4-0. But tonight's game features plenty of intrigue, and both teams enter with plenty to prove.

The Red Elephants (0-1) are looking to bounce back from a season-opening loss to West Forsyth, while the Wolves (1-0) -- who feature 19 new starters from last year's Class AA runner-up -- are hoping to consolidate their position after a hardfought win over Elbert County in Week 1.

Access North Georgia.com sports editor Morgan Lee caught up with both programs this week. To watch a video preview of the contest, simply click "play" below.

Preview: Buford vs Gainesville from WDUN TV on Vimeo.



To watch all of the six interviews in their entirety, please click here.

GAINESVILLE at BUFORD
-- WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Friday
-- WHERE: Tom Riden Stadium, Buford
-- RADIO: WDUN AM 550
-- GAINESVILLE (0-1, 0-0 Region 8-AAAAA): Lost to West Forsyth 32-30 last week. Ranked No. 9 in Class AAAAA.
-- BUFORD (1-0, 0-0 Region 7-AAA): Defeated Elbert County 14-3 last week. Ranked No. 2 in Class AAA.
-- HISTORY: Buford won the last meeting 49-0 in 2011. The Wolves lead the series 4-0.
-- NOTABLE: Buford rotated quarterbacks in its season-opener, playing both Montgomery VanGorder and Taylor Mitchell and both are expected to rotate again this week after impressing coach Jess Simpson. ... Gainesville is looking to avoid its first 0-2 start since 1999. ... The Red Elephants will look to avoid the mistakes that doomed them in their season-opening loss -- especially in the second quarter, when two turnovers helped West Forsyth explode for 25 points just before halftime. ... Buford's offense will look to find more of its rhythm in the game after managing just over 200 yards in the season-opener. The Wolves defense just 136 yards in the win.
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