ELCA's senior LB Chase Burdette, right, is the 2-time Region 5-A player of the year. His presence will be huge in ELCA's championship run. (PHOTO: Jeff Hurndon Photography)

JAMES BUTLER: Any ranking formula that excludes ELCA Football as a state title contender is a flawed formula

By James Butler jbutler@thecrescentbuzz.com MCDONOUGH Ga. – The Class A football playoffs get underway this Friday as the top 16-seeded private school teams and the top 16-seeded public schools begin their final journey toward their respective state titles. Somehow the Class A Power Ratings, which determine the seeding of the region champions, has 2012 state

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Stockbridge QB Malachi Brown has helped lead his team to a No. 3 ranking in the latest Georgia Sportswriters Association Poll. (PHOTO: Jeff Hurndon Photography)

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL RANKINGS: Jonesboro, Stockbridge, ELCA make upward moves in this week’s poll

The weekly Georgia Sportswriters Association football poll is out and hot off the presses, with a few notable changes in the status of a few of our area’s schools. In Class AAAAA, Stockbridge made its first jump in the rankings in weeks to occupy the No. 3 spot after a dominating 35-13 win over Region

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Sandy Creek safety Javon Jackson leads a stingy Patriots defense to Auburn, Ala. Friday against one of Alabama's top teams. (PHOTO: Gabriel Stovall)

PREP FOOTBALL Predictions: ELCA, Sandy Creek, Mundy’s Mill have ‘statement game’ opportunities this week

Say it ain’t so. The 2015 high school football season is almost at its midpoint already. It just goes too fast, doesn’t it? So far it’s been an exciting year, full of long-playing story lines, upstart teams trying to fit into the November/December Cinderella slipper and the emergence of some of Georgia’s biggest football talents

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ELCA quarterback D.J. Hammond, III feels like a seasoned veteran in his second year running the Chargers' offense. (PHOTO: Gabriel Stovall)

PREP FOOTBALL: Friday’s ELCA-Stockbridge football game could become a battle of seasoned quarterbacks

By James Butler STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. — The two current giants in Henry County football will meet Friday night as Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy travels to Stockbridge. ELCA, the only Henry County football team to win a state championship, lost in the state title game a season ago — despite starting the season with an 0-6

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ELCA coach Jonathan Gess wants to pick up a win tonight against a big-class foe tonight. (File)

PREP FOOTBALL ROUNDUP | ELCA, Stockbridge win openers ahead of next week’s head-to-head matchup

STOCKBRIDGE STUFFS CENTRAL (Ala.) AT BUZZER STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. — Stockbridge coach Kevin Whitley overcame a nasty case of deja vu before pushing toward a 13-6 win over Central Phenix (Ala.) Friday night. Just as last year when Stockbridge traveled to Central, the Alabama state title contender struck first on the scoreboard. This time it came

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ELCA's Chandler Reeves (Special Photo)

GABRIEL STOVALL: It’s not all about football for ELCA’s Clemson football commit Chandler Reeves

McDONOUGH, Ga. — Clemson Family, there’s something you should know about your newest football commit, Chandler Reeves. Football comes last. Now don’t take that as a slight to the importance of the sport — particularly on the collegiate level in Clemson, SC. It’s also not a slight to the vast tradition of Tiger football. He’s

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ELCA's Chandler Reeves (Special Photo)

ScBUZZ FEATURED ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: ELCA’s Chandler Reeves beginning to show up on recruiting radars | VIDEO

  By Gabriel Stovall gstovall@thecrescentbuzz.com McDONOUGH, Ga. — Maryland, Cal, Syracuse, Navy, Army, Troy, Charlotte. Ladies and gentlemen, meet the current list of Division I schools coming after the services of perhaps one of the Southern Crescent’s most underrated offensive tackles. Throw in an interested Tennessee — a school that, unlike the aforementioned six, has

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The Sandy Creek Patriots will charge out of the gate in 2015 with two tough matchups, one of which against Southern Crescent foe Jonesboro. (PHOTO: Michael Clifton | kombatkamera.com)

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Five games you must see in 2015

  Here’s a football appetizer for you — Georgia High School Association football schedules have recently come out. So be honest. How many of you knew that already, and have already taken a gander at your team’s schedule, or at the schedules of some of your school’s biggest rivals? Yeah, we thought so. We at

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Davis Reynolds tallied 71 tackles, six interceptions a forced fumble and 12 tackles for losses for the Class A runner-up ELCA Chargers in 2014. (PHOTOS: Jeff Hurndon Photography)

ELCA’s Davis Reynolds caps off football career with prestigious scholarship award

  By Gabriel Stovall gstovall@thecrescentbuzz.com McDONOUGH, Ga. — Congratulate Davis Reynolds. The senior will not be continuing his football career in college. Yes, you read that right. The soon-to-graduate Eagle’s Landing Christian football player once had hopes for attending college and extending his football career while there. Instead, Reynolds, a starting safety for the 2014

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