ELCA junior tailback Trevor Gear is finding his way as a Charger. (PHOTO: Jeff Hurndon Photography)

PREP FOOTBALL: ELCA, Stockbridge highly regarded in Georgia Sportswriters’ first 2016 high school football poll

By Gabriel Stovall gstovall@thecrescentbuz.com You really know it’s football season when the first high school football polls come out. The 2016 football season’s first Georgia Sports Writers Association high school football poll was released Tuesday and featured four teams from the four-county Southern Crescent area finding place in their respective top 10 poll. Eagle’s Landing

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ELCA's Harrison Taylor will look to improve on his quiet storm 2015 season. (PHOTO: Jeff Hurndon Photography)

GABRIEL STOVALL: ELCA’s Harrison Taylor is a refreshing ‘throwback’ kind of athlete

  McDONOUGH, Ga. — Call me an old man, a purist, nostalgic or just a plain old traditionalist. Whatever. But I just love a throwback. Throwback jerseys, Throwback Thursdays, throwback music (I know I’m getting old when music from the 1990s is considered “classic”). Throwback football players. And I’m really in the mood for the

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ELCA junior tailback Trevor Gear leaps over the pile for a first quarter touchdown. (PHOTO: Gabriel Stovall)

PRESEASON ALL-STATE FOOTBALL: 16 Southern Crescent players find recognition

By Gabriel Stovall gstovall@thecrescentbuzz.com Recruitgeorgia.com has released its preseason all-state football teams, and the four-county Southern Crescent area is well represented. In all, 16 athletes from the area were named to class-specific preseason rosters, with Class AAAAA holding top designation with eight. Five of them came on offense: RB Jalen Holston  (Stockbridge), RB Chris Rodriguez

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Woodland senior QB Reid Larsen is looking for a breakout year in 2016. (PHOTO: Gabriel Stovall)

PREP FOOTBALL: For Woodland, ‘One-Eleven’ is the formula for a return to the postseason in 2016

By Gabriel Stovall gstovall@thecrescentbuzz.com STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. — One-Eleven. No, that’s not the catchy name for some new teenage music group or band. That is, unless you’re talking about the band of brothers that exists now in Woodland High School’s football program. “Do your one-eleven,” said junior tailback Kareem Rogers. “First time I heard it was

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Lovejoy coach Ed Carson, left, has led the Wildcats to the postseason in each of his first two seasons as head coach.  (PHOTO: Gabriel Stovall)

PREP FOOTBALL: Lovejoy gets ‘W’ over Woodland in scrimmage despite weather delays

    By Gabriel Stovall gstovall@thecrescentbuzz.com STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. — For some, the first unofficial week of Friday Night Lights was halted by Friday night lightening. While a handful of schools across the Southern Crescent stepped onto the field for the first time to compete in scrimmages, lightening strikes and which threatened thunderstorms that never fully

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From left, North Clayton seniors Yaya Diary, Jaiquan Earls, Rayvon Kee, James Monroe and Anthony King, are the players first year coach Cap Burnett is looking to for leadership in 2016. (PHOTO: Gabriel Stovall)

PREP FOOTBALL: New coach Cap Burnett knows what North Clayton football success should look like

  By Gabriel Stovall gstovall@thecrescentbuzz.com COLLEGE PARK, Ga. — Cap Burnett knows exactly what it’s going to feel like, look like and sound like once North Clayton football is officially “back.” If you were around Twelve Oaks Stadium in Hampton back on November 1, 1997, you’ve got a reference point to what Burnett was talking

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Second-year Tigers starting quarterback Kaziah Hall will have added responsibilities in his senior season. (PHOTO: Gabriel Stovall)

Changing its stripes: Mundy’s Mill still Tigers, but first-year head coach Dwayne Davis looking to make his mark

By James Butler jbutler@thecrescentbuzz.com JONESBORO Ga. – When Greg Manior took over as Mundy’s Mill head football coach in 2012, the then 10-year old program had only two winning seasons and just one playoff appearance. In his four seasons as head coach, Manior led the Tigers to two more winning seasons and two playoff appearances,

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Luella linebacker Keistone Lowery, left, and Luella AD James Roberts pose together during Luella's summer workout Tuesday. Lowery, a rising senior, will anchor the Lions defense in 2016. (PHOTO: Gabriel Stovall)

PREP FOOTBALL: Luella LB Keiston Lowery and coaches think Lions can ‘get over the hump’ in 2016

  By Gabriel Stovall gstovall@thecrescentbuzz.com LOCUST GROVE, Ga. — The talent has never been a problem. When you talk with Luella assistant football coach and new co-athletic director James Roberts, he’ll tell you as much. Then, in order to diagnose the reason why the almost always athletic Lions’ football program can’t seem to get over

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Drew head coach Dorwyn Lyles has no visions of grandeur as to what his team needs to replace in order to have a successful 2016 season. (File)

On script: Despite new leaders, Drew Titans hope to remember keys to success

By James Butler jbutler@thecrescentbuzz.com RIVERDALE Ga. – A few months removed from its most successful season in program history, if the Drew Titans football team wants an encore performance in 2016, it’ll have to do so with a largely new cast of performers. Coach Dorwyn Lyles returns just three offensive starters and four defensive starters from

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