GHS cheers football team off to state title


Gainesville High School junior offensive lineman and fullback Marquis Richards, 17, receives a kiss on the cheek from GHS senior Aliciontaye Wilson, 18, during a send off for the football team, who is headed to Orlando for the Class 6A State Championship against Miami Central High School, Thursday, December 13, 2012. The game will be played this Saturday in the Florida Citrus Bowl at 1:07 P.M.

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Published: Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 3:57 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 3:57 p.m.

At around 10 a.m. Thursday, the drum line started the cadence.

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Gainesville High School junior offensive lineman and fullback Marquis Richards, 17, receives a kiss on the cheek from GHS senior Aliciontaye Wilson, 18, during a send off for the football team, who is headed to Orlando for the Class 6A State Championship against Miami Central High School, Thursday, December 13, 2012. The game will be played this Saturday in the Florida Citrus Bowl at 1:07 P.M.

Doug Finger/The Gainesville Sun

Facts

Class 6A championship

Who: No. 1 Gainesville (14-0) vs. No. 4 Miami Central (11-2)
When: Saturday, 1:07 p.m.
Where: The Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium, Orlando
TV/online: Cox channel 259/ESPN3
Radio: 104.9 FM

Dozens of Gainesville High School students stood in the chilly mist to send off their football team as the squad boarded buses to head to Orlando for the 6A state championship game against Miami Central on Saturday.

The marching band played cheers in the school's courtyard while the players, led by cheerleaders, were met with high-fives, hugs and the occasional kiss from a girl.

Some players recorded their walk on their cellphones. Some wore their letterman jackets. Some seemed focused amid the crowd's fervor, wearing headphones, sunglasses and carrying pads and cleats.

All dressed in Hurricane purple.

Darrin Jones, assistant principal and a GHS graduate, said students have been buzzing with anticipation all week.

"It's an exciting time for the whole community," he said.

Aliciontaye Wilson, 18, said she felt confident about Saturday's game.

"I know that we're going to win," she said.

Contact Joey Flechas at 338-3166 or joey.flechas@gvillesun.com.

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