Sandy Creek coach Chip Walker is looking for big things out of his son and rising junior quarterback Bryant Walker in 2016. (PHOTO: Gabriel Stovall)

GABRIEL STOVALL: Week 9 Pick Six Predictions feature assortment of captivating rivalry games including Sandy Creek-Woodward Academy

In my brain, I’m 0-2 on picks this week already, because although this didn’t publish before Thursday’s Northgate-Drew game or the Georgia Southern-Appalachain State matchup, I picked both Drew and Georgia Southern to win. Bad omen for me this week? We’ll see. Drew’s explosive offense couldn’t overcome five turnovers as Northgate defeated the Titans 35-25.

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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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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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MAKING THE GRADE: Here’s our top five state championship-ready Southern Crescent football teams

By Gabriel Stovall We’re getting out the grade book and evaluating what we consider the top five most championship ready teams in the four-county area. This list takes into account several factors, including the team’s talent, the strength of its schedule, its region and the rigor of potential opponents the team will face in

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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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Jonesboro will look to build on its 2015 season while playing some of the Southern Crescent's most talented teams in 2016. (PHOTO: Gabriel Stovall)

VIDEO | JONESBORO at SANDY CREEK: A look back on the Southern Crescent Buzz’s Game of the Week

VIDEO: Coach Tim Floyd addresses his team after Friday’s 17-15 upset win over No. 5 Sandy Creek. By Gabriel Stovall TYRONE, Ga. — Jonesboro went on the road and did it’s best basketball team impersonation. Of course, Cardinals senior cornerback Jordan Griffin won’t want to hear that comparison. “We’re tired of people calling us

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Jonesboro tailback Montralius Mosley (6) is averaging close to 130 yards rushing per game. (File)

Jonesboro, Sandy Creek engaging in Twitter tiff ahead of Friday’s marquee football game

By Gabriel Stovall Well, they haven’t held back from talking about it, so we won’t either. Still five days remain before Jonesboro and Sandy Creek lock horns in Tyrone Friday for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff. But the pre-game drama has already begun on Twitter with several Sandy Creek and Jonesboro players doing a little

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Sandy Creek's dominant performance in Friday's 41-0 Corky Kell Classic win over Creekview has catapulted the Patriots into legitimate title talk. (PHOTO: Gabriel Stovall)

PREP FOOTBALL: Sandy Creek football answers many questions Friday against Creekview, several others still linger

    By Gabriel Stovall With a couple of days gone by to pour over stats and re-watch footage of Sandy Creek’s 41-0 pasting of Creekview this past Friday at the Corky Kell Classic, it appears — at least for a week — that the Patriots have answered a few questions about their 2015

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