Malik Route has been leading the pack as far as wide receivers go for the No. 8 Griffin Bears. Through four games he's the team's leading pass catcher with close to 400 yards and five touchdowns. (Special Photo: Amy Binder)

Five Questions Feature with Griffin Bears wide receiver Malik Route

By Gabriel Stovall gstovall@thecrescentbuzz.com After spending his first three years in a Lovejoy Wildcats uniform, diminutive wideout Malik Route has been anything but small on the field for the Griffin Bears during his senior season.  Since beginning the season with just one college scholarship offer — that from Mercer during his 10th grade year — Route’s play

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From left, Marcell Gleaton, Ashton Hughes and Demarian "Pepe" Williams have catapulted the Knights to a hot start and high ranking. (PHOTO: Gabriel Stovall)

PREP FOOTBALL: Community Christian’s profile has risen drastically, thanks to a trio of ‘big school’ talent

By Gabriel Stovall gstovall@thecrescentbuzz.com STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. — Marcell Gleaton walks around the practice field at Community Christian as if he owns the place — and in a sense, he does. Not many players of Gleaton’s caliber can say they are homegrown Community Christian products. At 6-foot-3, 180 pounds, he looks the part of a potential

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McIntosh football coach Lee Belknap embraces ‘lunch pail maturity’ label placed on his team

    By Gabriel Stovall gstovall@thecrescentbuzz.com PEACHTREE City, Ga. — Last Friday, after the Henry County Warhawks just scored a touchdown, McIntosh junior Bradley Ector got set up to return the kickoff. He took the ball and went right, on a collision course with a Henry County tackler, and then Ector stuck out his arm

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Stockbridge-Mays shootout in Inner City Classic ends in defensive triumph for second-ranked Tigers

By Gabriel Stovall gstovall@thecrescentbuzz.com ATLANTA, Ga. — Even when it looked like an offensive shootout, the Stockbridge Tigers proved that defense is still their calling card. A late interception by Ryan Massey and an earlier pick six right before halftime by first-year starter Mike Price were probably the two plays of the game for a

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Senior quarterback Reid Larsen will lead his Woodland squad into one of Georgia high school football's most hallowed settings Friday at Valdosta. (PHOTO: Jeff Hurndon Photograpy)

Woodland coach Steve Davenport wants to see how his team responds against one of Georgia’s ‘proudest programs’

  By Gabriel Stovall gstovall@thecrescentbuzz.com STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. — Steve Davenport is 2-for-2 on 7-3 seasons as head football coach at Woodland High School, which doesn’t seem bad, considering Woodland’s only had one other winning season since the program began in 2007. But that 2009 campaign when program-founding coach Scott Schmitt guided the Wolfpack to seven

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Brayden Rush has eased on to the scene as a potential difference maker on offense for the No. 1 ELCA Chargers (PHOTO: Gabriel Stovall)

ELCA QB Brayden Rush has wasted no time showing his potential in Chargers’ offense

By Gabriel Stovall gstovall@thecrescentbuzz.com McDONOUGH, Ga. — Every Friday night, without fail, at 6:55 p.m. Brayden Rush can feel his cell phone buzzing in his pocket. When he reaches in to take it out, he opens his text messages and is never taken by surprised, but is always inspired. “Pressure isn’t anything bad. Pressure is

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PHOTO PAGE: Hampton vs. Union Grove battled it out in softball action on Tuesday night

McDONOUGH, Ga. — Union Grove and Hampton played an early season game that had a postseason feel and intensity. The Hornets dropped a 6-5 decision to the Wolverines after watching Union Grove chop down a 5-1 deficit. The game featured some of Georgia’s best young pitchers in Hampton freshmen Skyler Trahan and Janna Shellhorse. Union

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PREP FOOTBALL: Stockbridge, ELCA stay solid in new GSWA football poll, Sandy Creek slips

By Gabriel Stovall gstovall@thecrescentbuzz.com As most area teams get prepared for their first regular season contests, the action that took place last week and weekend helped create a few shifts in this week’s Georgia Sportswriters Association Poll. ELCA (Class A) and Stockbridge (Class AAAAA) both held on to their spots from last week, with the

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