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A fan wakes up sleeping crowd

By Anthony Rhoads, Doug Gorman and Jeffery Armstrong

A fan shall lead them: At times during Friday night's football game, the Lovejoy Wildcats' football fans seemed asleep. Then an impropteu pep talk from a fan over the loud speaker got the fans roused up and excited.

We warned you: Penalties come in all forms during the course of a football game. Friday night the Redan band cost its team 15 yards for playing too loud when Lovejoy had the football. The penalty flag was thrown in the third quarter. The Redan band had been warned in the first half about playing too loud.

Great defensive play: One series after fumbling the football and ending a possible scoring drive, Anthony Stanley made perhaps the defensive play of the game from his defensive back position when he went high in the air to bat down a long Redan pass.

Can't figure it out: North Clayton head coach Don Shockley had no explanation for how his team botched two consecutive onside kicks in the fourth quarter, which helped lead to the 28-27 upset by Northwest Whitfield Friday.

"We practice that play quite a bit; I don't know how we missed those kicks," he said

Too many injuries: In Friday night's Class A state playoff game against Hancock Central, Eagle's Landing Christian was without senior offensive lineman/linebacker Jeremy Butler.

Butler was in the hospital after having an emergency appendectomy Thursday.

Four other starters were out Friday as ELCA lost 20-12 in their first playoff game in the Georgia High School Association.

"When you're without five starters, it's kind of hard to win a football game when you play in single-A," ELCA head coach Tim Luke said.

Eagle's Landing Christian Academy finished 8-3 in the school's first season in the Georgia High School Association.

An exciting fall season: The football team led the way in fall sports at ELCA this year but the Chargers were successful in other sports as well.

The volleyball team won the Henry County title in its first year of playing in the tournament and they capped off the year with a trip to the Class AA/A state tournament.

The softball team finished just a few games below .500 after struggling at the beginning of the season.

"It was exciting," ELCA softball coach Joe Shadowens said. "It gets your year off to a positive start. It's really been exciting and we're happy to be in the GHSA."