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 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 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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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 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 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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Bryant Walker threw for an efficient 135 yards on 12-for-16 passing with two touchdowns, and another that probably should've been.

SPRING FOOTBALL PREVIEW: Seven questions for the 2016 season that need answers as the spring football period begins

By Gabriel Stovall Football season is still about four months away from kickoff, but don’t tell that to the coaches and players who began spring drills this week. Spring football has begun in the Southern Crescent, as of Monday when Mount Zion kicked off its spring football practices in spirited fashion. Other Clayton County

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Seniors Chase Burdette, D.J. Hammond and Chandler Reeves salute the ELCA fan base Saturday after winning the Class A championship in a 35-14 victory over No. 1 Aquinas. (PHOTO: Gabriel Stovall)

GABRIEL STOVALL: ‘Chopping wood’ has paid off for Jonathan Gess, ELCA football both on the field and in players’ hearts | VIDEO

ATLANTA, Ga. — It was like something out of a movie. Something that looked like it belonged in a book manuscript or on a silver screen. It began with a championship-seasoned coach’s rousing pre-game speech likening his team to a sharp axe, and the bigger, stronger top-ranked Aquinas squad to a tree destined to topple.

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ELCA senior Chandler Reeves, far right, kisses the Class A championship trophy while sharing the stage with fellow seniors D.J. Hammond (1) and Chase Burdette. (PHOTO: Gabriel Stovall)

GHSA FOOTBALL: ELCA overcomes slow start, beats Aquinas for Class A state championship

By Gabriel Stovall ATLANTA, Ga. — What a difference a year makes. In a game that tried its best early on to cast Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy into a 2014 deja vu scenario, the Chargers, this time, would not bend as they overcame early gaffs and rode the coattails of senior quarterback D.J. Hammond

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Chase Burdette's big season paced the ELCA defense on its way to a 2015 Class A championship. PHOTO: Jeff Hurndon Photography)

PREP FOOTBALL: ELCA linebacker Chase Burdette’s ‘warrior’ presence has shaped team into state championship caliber

By Gabriel Stovall McDONOUGH, Ga. – Forget postseason superlatives, all county or all region rosters. Even push aside the highlight reels for a minute. You want to know the worth and impact Chase Burdette has on Eagle’s Landing? Go to the trenches. Watch the sidelines. See how his teammates respond to his game

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