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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Woodland rising senior corner Yusuf Corker Is one of Georgia's most sought after recruiting targets. (PHOTO: Gabriel Stovall)

FOOTBALL RECRUITING: Woodland, Woodward Academy, Lovejoy, Jonesboro represented in Spring Southern Crescent Super Six

    By Gabriel Stovall gstovall@thecrescentbuzz.com   We’re about a fast three-and-a-half months away from the kickoff of the 2016 football season, but Spring Ball is in full effect. Many teams will be engaging in their spring ball finale, Spring Football Game this Friday, which will give coaches and fans one last opportunity to see

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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 gstovall@thecrescentbuzz.com 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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Sandy Creek's Antonio Trapp is the second Patriot in as many years to continue his football career at an Ivy League school. (PHOTO: Gabriel Stovall)

Sandy Creek football sends second straight player to the ‘SEC of Academics’ at Ivy League’s Brown University

By Gabriel Stovall gstovall@thecrescentbuzz.com TYRONE, Ga. — A week ago when Sandy Creek trotted out its typical National Signing Day class, complete with a handful of guys talented enough to be signed by Division I schools, Chip Walker had something extra to stick his chest out about. His name is Antonio Trapp. When the 6-foot,

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Sandy Creek senior Javon Jackson was the do-everything man for the Patriots in 2015. Jackson was named co-defensive player of the year and received the most votes in our Player of the Year fan poll. (PHOTO: Gabriel Stovall)

SOUTHERN CRESCENT CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Sandy Creek’s Javon Jackson

SOUTHERN CRESCENT CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Javon Jackson SCHOOL: Sandy Creek Patriots THE VITALS: 5-foot-11, 180 pounds 2015 STATS: Jackson snagged seven interceptions from his safety position to go along with his 32 tackles. He was a threat on special teams, averaging close to 30 yards per kickoff return on 20 yards per punt

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Sandy Creek and Marvin Hubbard will face some tough opponents in 2016. (PHOTO: Gabriel Stovall)

PREP FOOTBALL: James Butler shares his thoughts on underrated seniors, early list of football players in Fayette County for the 2016 season

  By James Butler jbutler@thecrescentbuzz.com With football approaching its state title games and the season over with for county teams, I thought this would be a good time to spotlight some players who have flown under the radar in the major recruiting circles. Here are three players from around Fayette County from the Class of

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Stockbridge coach Kevin Whitley will try to keep the Tigers in the upper echelon of a revamped Class 5A. (PHOTO: Dave Williamson)

FRIDAY FOOTBALL RECAP: Six of 10 Southern Crescent football teams advance to Round 2 of GHSA playoffs

      By Gabriel Stovall gstovall@thecrescentbuzz.com   Southern Crescent football teams went 6-for-10 in first round playoff games this past Friday. And while the 60 percent clip is good, the way some of those teams got there made it even better. There were some close calls, come-from-behinds and offensive explosions as well as defensive

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Spalding QB Naricuss Dryver will try to help his Jaguars net a playoff win at Cairo. (PHOTO: Steve Knight)

GHSA FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS: James Butler ranks the 10 Southern Crescent football teams and summarizes their possible postseason paths

By James Butler jbutler@thecrescentbuzz.com ELCA is considered a favorite to at least reach the semifinals of the Class A Private School Playoffs. Stockbridge, ranked No. 1 for the first time in anybody’s football poll, may be expected to run the table toward its first state title. Spalding hopes to catch fire and make a run.

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