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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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PREP FOOTBALL: Henry County athletes dominate our preseason All-Southern Crescent football team

                                                        By Gabriel Stovall gstovall@thecrescentbuzz.com Nothing says football season like preseason rankings and preseason all-area teams. With over 32 schools in a four county area, trying to forecast

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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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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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GABRIEL STOVALL: A Q&A with Jonesboro senior USA Basketball U18 player MJ Walker fresh off of his time in Chile

By Gabriel Stovall gstovall@thecrescentbuzz.com JONESBORO, Ga. — After M.J. Walker got the gold for the USA Men’s U18 Basketball team, he came back from Chile to his South Metro Atlanta home and received gold star treatment from his family. “When I came down the street to our driveway, they had (American) flags in the grass,

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