Jonesboro football family is growing up through adversity

By Gabriel Stovall JONESBORO, Ga. — What a difference a year makes. Rewind back to Week 5 of the 2015 season, and you’ll recall a Jonesboro Cardinals football team riding high after beating perennial state championship contender Sandy Creek on its own home field. You’ll see a Clemson-bound quarterback under center, handing off to

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GABRIEL STOVALL: Ultimately growth and maturity is the name of the game, not wins and losses

It was the Tweet heard ‘round the world — or at least around the Southern Crescent. Particularly at Jonesboro. It came from Jonesboro Cardinals’ offensive coordinator Nate Wardlaw: BELIEVE in our program or BE LEAVING our program! — Coach Nate Wardlaw (@Southside_Nate) September 10, 2016   It came on September 9 in the moments following

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If the Jonesboro Cardinals are to return to the playoffs in 2016, offensive guard Destin McMillian, left, and 3-star DE/TE Calder Marria will need monster seasons. (PHOTO: Tyree Brown)

JONESBORO FOOTBALL: Cardinals hope to exceed expectations with young, talented group

  By Tyree Brown LOCUST GROVE, Ga. — The Adidas’s 7v7 Championship Series was one of Jonesboro High School’s first moments back on the field since last year’s region championship run. Head coach Tim Floyd used this opportunity to start rectifying the key losses from the 2015 Cardinals’ high-tempo offense and aggressive defensive. Last

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Jonesboro football coach Tim Floyd is hoping to see some of the same team development during this year's summer passing league sessions as he did last year. (PHOTO: Gabriel Stovall)

PREP FOOTBALL: Clayton County teams to participate in Cam Newton 7-on-7 passing tourney at Woodward Academy

By Gabriel Stovall COLLEGE PARK, Ga. — Don’t tell Mundy’s Mill, Jonesboro, North Clayton or Forest Park that it isn’t football season yet. With school being officially out for everyone across the four-county Southern Crescent area, everyone’s fancy has now turned toward summer football sessions. And the four aforementioned programs from Clayton County will

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What will Spalding RB A.J. Moses and his Jaguars do for an encore in 2016? (PHOTO: Steve Knight)

GABRIEL STOVALL: Playoff football begins in earnest and Spalding, Jonesboro among those looking to make history in play-in games

It’s a bittersweet time to be a high school football fan. Sweet because this is really the part of the season that it’s all about. This is what the teams play for. This is why they spend the spring and summer sweltering on practice fields and the winters grinding in the weight room. It’s playoff

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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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Jonesboro senior Kali James made his college decision Sunday evening, committing to Tuskegee. (PHOTO: Gabriel Stovall)

PREP FOOTBALL: Kali James, Jonesboro defense love underdog role

By Gabriel Stovall SPALDING, Ga. — Kali James doesn’t mind having his name called every now and then when he plays well, so long as you put his performance in the proper team context. The senior and Campbell commitment registered three sacks in this past Friday’s 21-9 win over the then-region leading Spalding Jaguars.

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Jonesboro WR/DB Jordan Griffin snags a touchdown pass during Friday's 21-9 win over Spalding. (PHOTO: Steve Knight)

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Jonesboro knocks off previously undefeated Spalding behind Montralius Mosley’s stellar rushing performance

  By Gabriel Stovall GRIFFIN, Ga. — Brown Right 25. That was the play call that sprung Jonesboro senior tailback Montralius Mosley on a 99-yard touchdown burst that essentially drove the final nail in the coffin that housed Spalding’s hopes of going 7-0. It was the ninth-ranked Cardinals’ first play from scrimmage in the

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Jonesboro's Jordan Griffin, left, and Montralius Mosley have formed a bond that transcends football success. (PHOTO: Gabriel Stovall)

PREP FOOTBALL: Jonesboro brotherhood between Montralius Mosley, Jordan Griffin bigger than just football

By Gabriel Stovall JONESBORO, Ga. — Jordan Griffin has strong words about his teammate, running back Montralius Mosley and the level of impact he has on Jonesboro’s offense. “He is the impact,” Griffin said. Quite the selfless statement from the 6-foot-2 Kentucky commit who’s having quite the season himself. In addition to his lockdown play at the

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