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Lovejoy senior football player named to play in all-star game

By Anthony Rhoads, Jeffery Armstrong and Doug Gorman

Lovejoy senior offensive lineman Chris Scott has been nominated to play in the fifth annual U.S. Army All-American Bowl, to be played at in San Antonio, Texas on Jan. 15.

About 400 high school football players throughout the country have been nominated to play in the game.

"I first caught a glimpse of Chris last December at the U.S. Army national combine in San Antonio and was impressed with his overall athletic ability," prep football talent evaluator and ESPN and USA Today contributor Tom Lemming said. "He shows exceptionally quick feet, enormous strength and an aggressive style of play. He explodes off the ball, is super strong at the point of attack and he can hold his blocks until the whistle. You don't find too many 315-pounders with his kind of agility, balance and lateral speed."

Getting off on the wrong foot: Union Grove kickers were perfect on their extra-point attempts in the win over Stockbridge but they didn't have much luck kicking field goals. Union Grove kickers missed three field goals Friday's contest.

Doug Carter missed a 33-yard attempt while Macklin Hayes missed on attempts of 37 and 31-yards. All the missed field goals were in the first half.

He can run: Union Grove freshman running back Steven Sylvester gained 50 yards on just six carries.

"He's a freshman and he's going to be a complete running back," McDonald said. "He's a super kid."

Pin-point passing: Riverdale quarter Rod Mason is only a sophomore, but already he possess the poise of a upperclassman.

Although he didn't pass but a handful of times in his team's victory against Morrow on Friday night, he mad his completions count.

His first completion of the night set up the Raiders' first score of the game. Mason did all of his passing in the first half, finishing 3-for-4 for 64 yards.

It's all about the rivalries: The Riverdale Raiders will play their third straight Clayton County foe next week. After opening with North Clayton in week one of the season, and then playing Morrow last week, the Raiders play Lovejoy next week.

The Raiders' first two games were at Tara. Next week, Riverdale plays at Twelve Oaks

Cool under pressure: North Clayton kicker Shaka Bangura stayed calm in an intense situation in the second quarter against Lovejoy on Friday. The Eagles were set to punt from their own 38-yard line when the ball sailed over Bangura's head. Bangura didn't panic n he ran after the ball, picked it up and boomed a great punt that was fair-caught at the Lovejoy 37-yard line. Eagles head coach Don Shockley was the first one to congratulate Bangura as he came back to the sideline.

Almost had it: North Clayton defensive end Jeremy Elder has two takeaways in two games. He had an interception against Riverdale in week one that he tried to run back for a touchdown and last Friday, he recovered a fumble by Darius Thomas of Lovejoy and was tackled at the Lovejoy two-yard line. Elder really wanted a touchdown against Lovejoy.

"I almost made it in the end zone," Elder said. "I should've dove."