Coming up this week on 680 The Fan and XTRA’s Friday Night Football…

The Gainesville Red Elephants (4-3 overall record/ 1-2 in Region 6-7A/ Unranked in AAAAAAA) visit the West Forsyth Wolverines (3-4 record/ 1-2 in Region 6-7A/ Unranked in AAAAAAA).

The Gainesville Red Elephants football program is perhaps the most underrated and underappreciated in Georgia high school football history. In fact, that belief could be applied to a national level too when you consider “Bobby Gruhn’s Boys” are among the top sixty (or so) winningest programs in national high school football history (depending on what record book you’re reading). The program is third in wins in state history.

Having reached the postseason in each of the last 21 seasons, there was good reason to have high hopes entering this year. Sophomore quarterback Baxter Wright, who has the chance to be a special talent, is supported by a good wide receiver group and a host of kids who are now multi-year starters.

The result has been a competitive team which has beaten a top ten caliber rival in Flowery Branch, but suffered close losses to Johns Creek, Lambert and South Forsyth. Unfortunately, spirits have dropped a bit over the last two weeks as the last two losses have come in region play. Plus, in the loss last week to South, Wright was injured and carried off the field on a stretcher. His status was undetermined at post time of this article.

Head Coach Heath Webb (60-65 in 12 seasons overall/ 17-23 in four seasons at Gainesville) used the word “frustrated” to describe his teams feeling after the loss last week. He cited the effort from his men was great, but the execution was just a bit ragged.

Frustration is the word being uttered by numerous folks around the West Forsyth program right now. They too have suffered three close losses, by a combined 13 points, plus a fourth blemish at the hands of potential top ranked Mill Creek. And like their counterparts this week, two of the losses have come in region.

Like his counterpart, Dave Svehla is a veteran head coach who will keep his club from folding. Now in his second season at West, Svehla has posted a 12-8 record and is 61-49 in a decade worth of work in Georgia.

Senior Oscar Delp, the Wolverines tight end, is the highest rated player in the ballgame with 247Sports listing him as a four-star recruit. The 6-foot-5, 220-pounder is a newly christened University of Georgia commit, who has over 30 receptions, 500-plus receiving yards and three touchdowns.

Now let’s break down the region and playoff implications of this ballgame. As you can see below, a loss will not eliminate either of these clubs, mathematically, from the playoffs. However, realistically, either would be on life support. Both have lost to one of the two teams immediately above them in the standings: Gainesville has a loss to Lambert and West lost to North Forsyth. Plus, with South and Denmark sitting undefeated, a loss would guarantee that neither Gainesville nor West Forsyth could reach a number two seed into the state playoffs.

Region 6-7A             Region     Overall

South Forsyth            3-0            6-1

Denmark                   3-0            5-1

Lambert                    2-2            6-2

North Forsyth            2-2            5-3

Gainesville                1-2            4-3

West Forsyth            1-2            3-4

Forsyth Central         0-4            1-6

Fans make sure to join us this Friday night at 7pm on The Fan 680/ 93.7FM and the 680 mobile app.

Friday Night Football

1. Collins Hill (8-0)

2. Mill Creek (7-0)

3. North Cobb (6-1)

4. Milton (6-1)

5. Colquitt County (7-1)

6. Grayson (6-2)

7. Walton (4-2)

8. Lowndes (6-2)

9. Roswell (6-1)

10. Brookwood (5-2)

1. Buford (6-1)

2. Lee County (7-1)

3. Hughes (6-1)

4. Westlake (5-2)

5. Brunswick (8-0)

6. Rome (5-2)

7. Carrollton (6-1)

8. South Paulding (5-2)

9. Cambridge (6-0)

10. Johns Creek (5-2)

1. Ware County (6-1)

2. Cartersville (7-0)

3. Warner Robins (6-1)

4. Creekside (6-1)

5. Calhoun (7-1)

6. Coffee (7-1)

7. Woodward Academy (7-0)

8. St Pius X (5-2)

9. Jones County (5-2)

10. Whitewater (6-1)

1. Jefferson (7-0)

2. Marist (5-1)

3. Benedictine (6-2)

4. Carver, Columbus (6-1)

5. Cedartown (6-1)

6. Spalding (5-1)

7. Perry (6-1)

8. Thomas County Central (5-2)

9. New Hampstead (7-1)

10. LaGrange (4-1)

1. Oconee County (7-0)

2. Sandy Creek (7-0)

3. Cedar Grove (5-2)

4. Appling County (8-0)

5. Pierce County (5-2)

6. Thomson (7-0)

7. Monroe Area (7-0)

8. Rockmart (6-1)

9. Crisp County (4-3)

10. Peach County (3-3)

1. Rabun County (7-1)

2. Thomasville (7-1)

3. Bleckley County (8-0)

4. Fitzgerald (7-1)

5. Haralson County (7-1)

6. Callaway (5-2)

7. Jeff Davis (8-0)

8. Northeast (5-2)

9. Dodge County (5-2)

10. Putnam County (7-0)

1. Irwin County (5-2)

2. Macon County (7-0)

3. Brooks County (5-2)

4. Metter (7-0)

5. Bowdon (6-1)

6. Emanuel County Institute (6-1)

7. Schley County (6-1)

8. Chattahoochee County (6-0)

9. Washington-Wilkes (6-1)

10. Manchester (4-2)

1. Trinity Christian (7-0)

2. Calvary Day (8-0)

3. Prince Avenue Christian (7-1)

4. Fellowship Christian (7-1)

5. Wesleyan (5-2)

6. Darlington (7-1)

7. Holy Innocents (6-1)

8. Stratford Academy (6-1)

9. Athens Academy (5-3)

10. Eagle’s Landing Christian (2-5)

Chris Mooneyham

Chris Mooneyham is a twenty-year broadcast veteran freelancing for several companies across America. Currently, he is a co-host and guest anchor for Atlanta’s sports leader, The Fan 680AM/ 93.7FM. While at The Fan, he has worked a myriad of shows including: NFL Game Day, College Game Day, Friday Night Football, Chuck and Chernoff, Buck and Kincade and The Rude Awakening. Mooneyham also serves as a guest anchor on Sports Updates. Aside from his work in the Fall on 680, you can find Chris reporting on the sidelines for the television broadcasts of Kennesaw State football. In the Spring, the Atlanta native is the play-by-play man for the highly decorated Emory University baseball team. He is a lead play-by-play man for the NFHS Network, and over the last decade, Chris was assigned the call for state championships in nearly every sport. One of his great honors, is spending the last seven years as play-by-play man for the Rising Seniors Georgia Junior Bowl on ESPN. After launching his own production company in 1998, Chris was the voice of Kennesaw State University baseball from 1998-2006; where he worked the 1998 and 1999 Division II National Championship Games and numerous national tournaments. Past jobs on his resume include: play-by-play man for the ABA’s Atlanta Vision, host for the Touchdown Club of Atlanta weekly blog, emcee for the nationally renowned symposium Sports Concussion’s: A Town Hall Meeting, and so much more. His voice over work has been featured all across the country including: Atlanta, Miami, Charlotte, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, Chicago, Houston and Seattle. 

Mooneyham graduated from Kennesaw State University with a BS in Communications, with a focus on Media Studies, and a minor in Film Studies. 

Doug Konkel

Doug Konkel has been a presence (sometimes even a wanted one!) at 680 the Fan since 2001. A finalist, but eventual loser, in the original 680 Ultimate Fan Contest, Doug soon began hosting shows with Perry Laurentino, Jerry Elinger and others over the years. Most notably he was on the Sunday morning Review/Preview Show and currently hosts the seasonal recruiting show The Official Visit with Rusty Mansell of 247Sports. He even had a forgettable  stint as Promotions Director at 680 before giving way to the much more able Scott McFarlane. Doug has been part of 680’s Friday Night Football since its inception over a decade ago and has been responsible for color commentary on game broadcasts for the last several years with play-by-play maestro Karl Werl.

Doug’s nomadic academic career took from the University of Florida to the University of South Alabama (where he received a degree in communications) to law school at Georgia State. He is married to the remarkable Laura Zucker, the best pediatrician in Georgia and the world’s most fervent yet diminutive Duke basketball fan, and together they are the parents of two current super-geniuses and future captains of industry, Ben and Sam Konkel.

Steve West

Returning to the Friday Night Football lineup is its longest tenured host, the venerable veteran of Atlanta sports radio, Steve West. With 21-years in the Atlanta market, “Westy” has cultivated a loyal listener fanbase as the laid back, book of football knowledge.

With The Fan since day one of the relaunch in September of 2000, only Buck Belue and John Kincade can equal Steve’s service time. In that time, West has guest or co-hosted on countless shows in the station lineup.

The list over the last year would be lengthy as well, but a sampling would include: Buck Belue’s College Football Today, Hometeam and Hamilton, Buck and Kincade, and NFL Game Day.

This Fall, West will begin his 13th season as the host of the 680 FNF Scoreboard Show.  

A die-hard Atlanta Falcons fan, Steve has been a season-ticket holder since the late 1980s, and the Falcon fanbase has always turned to him for straight talk and an honest breakdown of the club.

West earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Residing in Sandy Springs, Steve’s interests include fitness, travel, and pop culture

Karl Werl

Karl Werl begins his fourteenth season as the lead play-by-play voice and one of the original members of 680 the Fan’s Friday Night Football. Karl has worn many hats in broadcasting throughout the Southeast since he entered the business in 2001. He originally started with 790 the Zone as a producer and sports reporter covering the University of Georgia, Atlanta Falcons, and Atlanta Braves as well as producing weekend and daily shows. He started doing play-by-play with Emory University calling baseball, softball, and basketball then had an opportunity to be the Director of Broadcasting and Play-by-Play voice for the Fayetteville SwampDogs of the Coastal Plain League out of Fayetteville, NC where he was selected to call the All-Star game in Wilson, NC and the Petite Cup Championship. While in North Carolina, Karl called high school football and hosted a Saturday morning high school football recap show. Upon his return to Atlanta, Karl returned to the business sector but continued to stay in broadcasting doing freelance play-by-play work for and Georgia News Network calling the GHSA Football State Semifinals and Finals, Georgia Public Broadcasting calling basketball games and calling regular season and playoff baseball for the Sunbelt League before being tabbed as the play-by-play voice for 680 the Fan’s Friday Night Football.

Karl graduated from the University of Georgia in Athens in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. Along with Mr. Hanover while at The Zone he created the now defunct Werl Ball and finished a close second to Mr. Hanover’s fraternity in the All Row Sports Championship and still thinks they would have won if The Stroke’s blade had not cracked. I’m not bitter.