Apalachee saw its long-shot playoff hopes come to an end Friday, Nov. 1, in a 51-21 loss to Gainesville at City Park. 

Gainesville (5-4, 3-1 GHSA Region 8-AAAAAA) was led by running back JD Brooks, who rushed for over 175 yards and four touchdowns as the Red Elephants locked clinched a postseason berth. They will face Lanier on Nov. 8 in the regular-season finale with the winner taking second place in the region.

The Wildcats dropped to 2-7 overall and 0-4 in region play. They will wrap up their season Nov. 8 at home against Habersham Central. 

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