Wednesday December 8th, 2021 2:30PM

Football: Flowery Branch-Gainesville has been canceled; will not be made up

By Bo Wilson Sports Editor

The annual Flowery Branch-Gainesville rivalry game has been canceled due to COVID-19 positive cases inside the Flowery Branch football program. 

Branch head coach Ben Hall confirmed the cancellation Wednesday morning. The game will not be made up. 

"Unfortunately, we needed to cancel due to the rising numbers in the school and the team," Hall said. "We felt it was in the best interest to get everybody healthy."

Hall said the two schools mutually agreed to cancel the contract so both could find other games at some point this season. Both Branch and Gainesville have an off-week scheduled for next week, but because of quarantine protocols set by the state and the GHSA, Flowery Branch would be pushing the limits to be ready by next Friday.

"We want to play next week, but it depends on the health of our kids," Hall said. 

Gainesville coach Heath Webb said, on Wednesday, they currently are working to possibly find a team to play this week. If not, they'll look for an opponent next week or on the Red Elephants' Oct. 8 open date.

"It needs to be a team that is willing to travel to us because it's a scheduled home game," Webb said. "We don't want to lose a home game for financial purposes, and our seniors deserve to play at home. It's a matter of finding a team that is willing to travel on short notice. There is another possibility, if we can't pull it off in two days, that we can look to find somebody for another open date."

Webb said he feels for all involved in this game and is disappointed the game has been canceled

"I really feel for our kids because it means so much to them," he said. "They have put a lot of hard work in this week and diligent preparation in that game, so I hate it for our players. I also know our players want to play a game this week, so out of respect for them, we're going to try and find them one." 


© Copyright 2021
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Softball: East Hall falls, Jefferson wins in 8-4A; Buford wins in 8-6A
East Hall dropped a tough 3-1 decision to North Oconee on Thursday in a key Region 8-4A game on the road...
10:03PM ( 6 hours ago )
PODCAST: Hard Left Turn - Blaney wins in crash filled Daytona Playoff cutoff
NASCAR has been wanting to inject some excitement into the NASCAR Cup Series Playoff cutoff race for a few years. If crashes and mayhem are your idea of excitement, you may have gotten your wish.
9:40PM ( 6 hours ago )
UNG men win a home thriller, women earn draw at Carson-Newman
On a header as the horn sounded, the University of North Georgia men's soccer team got a thrilling 2-1 win over Erskine Thursday night in the home opener at the UNG Soccer Complex at Lynn Cottrell Park...
9:20PM ( 6 hours ago )
Week 3 previews: COVID causes scheduling changes for NEGa area teams
Week 3 of the Georgia High School Association, at least for Northeast Georgia area teams, is the lightest in the early going as just 13 games are on tap for Friday night...
7:05AM ( 21 hours ago )
Football: Cancellations alter Week 3 radio broadcast schedule
COVID-19 continues to cancel games around the state, and it has hit really close to home this week.
6:05AM ( 22 hours ago )
Softball: Bluff rallies for big 7-3A win; Jefferson, East Hall roll to big wins
Talia Ragone drove in Kaitlyn Herren in the bottom of the 10th inning to lift Cherokee Bluff to a key Region 7-3A win over White County on Wednesday at home in a battle for second place...
6:04AM ( 22 hours ago )
High School Sports
Developer changes site plan; Flowery Branch City Council likes the adjustment
A plan to annex two adjacent parcels along McEver Road into the City of Flowery Branch, and then rezone the combined 25.46-acres to allow for the construction of a townhome development, is showing signs of life after a near-death experience a month ago.
10:00PM ( 6 hours ago )
Buford man dies from covid one week after his wife is killed in a house fire
Just one week after a mother of four died in a Buford house fire, her husband has passed away from COVID-19.
9:20PM ( 6 hours ago )
Train collides with tractor-trailer truck in Buford
A tractor-trailer truck was hit by a train in Buford earlier today.
6:38PM ( 9 hours ago )
Local/State News
Football: West Hall bulldozes East Hall 48-21
West Hall's defense was a brick wall on Friday, shutting down one of Class 4A's top passers and steamrolling to a 48-21 win on Friday at East Hall Stadium.
1:23AM ( 6 days ago )
Football: Flowery Branch uses strong second half to beat Dawson County, 31-7
Flowery Branch held on to a seven-point lead at halftime against Dawson County.
1:21AM ( 6 days ago )
Football: Wolves' defense puts clamps on Gladiators
The Buford defense once again flexed its muscles, sparking a 16-3 Wolves win over Clarke Central on Friday at Billy Henderson Memorial Stadium...
1:03AM ( 6 days ago )
Friday Game Night
2021 Northeast Georgia region standings
By AccessWDUN Staff
10:31AM ( 3 months from now )
Friday Game Night weekly broadcast schedule
By AccessWDUN Staff
7:00AM ( 3 months from now )
2021 High School Rankings
By AccessWDUN Staff
7:00AM ( 3 months from now )
Football: Garrett, Eagles ready to end long drought
It has been something that was unimaginable to Nick Garrett, not without retirement involved...
2:45PM ( 13 hours ago )
Week 3 previews: COVID causes scheduling changes for NEGa area teams
Week 3 of the Georgia High School Association, at least for Northeast Georgia area teams, is the lightest in the early going as just 13 games are on tap for Friday night...
7:05AM ( 21 hours ago )