Drew running back Quarderman Sloan (2) is averaging more than a first down every time he touches the ball. It's a big reason why Drew is expected to improve to 5-2 Friday against Mundy's Mill. (PHOTO: Steve Knight)

GABRIEL STOVALL: Key region and subregion games in Clayton, Henry counties highlight this week’s predictions

Prediction time, folks, and it’s been a while. It’s a great week to jump back into my crystal ball with key region games all across the area, particularly in Clayton and Henry Counties. As always, I’ll start with my “Pick Six” analysis and predictions, then other games where I choose winners and losers only, followed

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The newly named Joe Teknipp Trophy will be what Eagle's Landing and Jonesboro play for in Friday night's third annual FCA Gridiron Classic at Eagle's Landing. (PHOTO: Gabriel Stovall)

GABRIEL STOVALL: Week 4 games highlighted by FCA Gridiron Classic with Jonesboro, Eagle’s Landing

I apologize for being tardy to the football prediction party. This was a hectic week for the Stovall clan, but such is the life of a tri-vocational sportswriter with a wife and four year old son. But I’m here, about five hours before kickoff of one of the biggest weeks of the season and one

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GABRIEL STOVALL: The two conversations with Joe Teknipp I’ll never forget

I’ve had many conversations with Joe Teknipp over the last four years, but I’ll always remember two — the first one, and the last one. That’s because, though the content was markedly different, the impression I came away with was absolutely identical. That impression, you ask? That Joe Teknipp is a one-of-a-kind football coach. Granted,

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GABRIEL STOVALL: Picking Postseason accolades is no picnic

So after much agonizing, reviewing, number crunching, film watching, writing and erasing, typing and deleting, the first Southern Crescent Buzz  All-Southern Crescent Basketball Teams and Players of the Year have been decided. Let the debates and scrutiny begin. In four years of picking all-county and all-area teams and selecting all-county/all-area players of the year, one

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Jonesboro senior Tracy Hector scored a game-high 15 points in No. 1 Jonesboro's Elite Eight win at Johnson-Gainesville, despite nursing a foot injury. (PHOTO: Gabriel Stovall)

GABRIEL STOVALL: Tracy Hector, Jonesboro basketball is ‘Clayton County good’

  OAKWOOD, Ga. — Whether he meant to or not, Dan Maehlman gave the scouting report on his 6-foot-5 forward Tracy Hector. “Oh, he’s hurt,” Maehlman said, in the usual intense tone he uses to describe his Jonesboro team’s performances after games. “He’s playing at about 70 percent.” If you’re a hardcore fan of the

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