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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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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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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Woodland pitcher Mallie Brown will get her chance to lead the Lady Wolfpack as a senior in 2016. (PHOTO: Gabriel Stovall)

PREP SOFTBALL: New team, same heart — Woodland senior Mallie Brown, coach Kelli Poff not lowering expectations

By Gabriel Stovall gstovall@thecrescentbuzz.com STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. — Inside the human body, the heart always maintains its life-giving purpose, regardless of what’s happening around it. Woodland softball coach Kelli Poff believes the same can be said regarding the heart of a team — of a coach who sees no reason to change her approach despite the

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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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