Saturday, December 15, 2012

Gainesville (& Fred Payne) Stampedes Ware County

Fred Payne
The Gainesville Red Elephants stampeded Ware County 49-13 in the Georgia High School Class AAAA Championship game at the Georgia Dome Friday night.

Ware County's Quan Bannaman fumbled a pass and it was recovered by Western Carolina bound, Gainesville defensive back Fred Payne.

Payne returned the fumble recovery 34 yards for a touchdown to put Gainsville up 21-0.

“Our defense has been the unsung hero all year,” Gainesville head coach Bruce Miller said. “They have stepped up and played well all year and have kept us in ball games.”

Payne also came up with another big defensive play when he picked off a Ware County pass in the third quarter and returned it 70 yards to the one-yard line. That set up another Gainesville touchdown and put the Red Elephants up 35-7.

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