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GABRIEL STOVALL: Ultimately growth and maturity is the name of the game, not wins and losses

It was the Tweet heard ‘round the world — or at least around the Southern Crescent. Particularly at Jonesboro. It came from Jonesboro Cardinals’ offensive coordinator Nate Wardlaw: BELIEVE in our program or BE LEAVING our program! — Coach Nate Wardlaw (@Southside_Nate) September 10, 2016   It came on September 9 in the moments following

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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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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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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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Lovejoy offensive tackle Tre'Mond Shorts could become one of the area's best linemen before the season's done. (PHOTO: Gabriel Stovall)

From sideline to blindside: Lovejoy’s Tremond Shorts is learning how to be a force on the Wildcat’s offensive line

By Bill Renje brenje@thecrescentbuzz.com LOVEJOY, Ga. — Of the many hats worn by Lovejoy assistant coach Derrick Smith, one is maintaining the equipment for over 100 Wildcat football players. When Smith gave instruction to the players after practice last week on the need to properly make sure their face masks were tightened, the helmet he

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