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Stockbridge shaping up as best in Southern Crescent; Ward could be best RB

By Jeff Hensley

jhensley@news-daily.com

Stockdrige is for real: At 3-0, the best start for the team since 1991, this Stockdridge team is more than just a paper Tiger. The team has rolled up 101 points over first three games of the season. Impressive, but perhaps more impress ive is Stockbridge's defensive effort. The Tiger D has stretched its claws, allowing only 28 points, including two shutouts.

The only team to score against Stockbridge has been Union Grove, a Class AAAAA team.

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Warding off the competition: Despite the Bulldogs not running the Wing T this season, Mt. Zion's Martin Ward showed why the University of Georgia was so happy to get an early commitment from the senior last season with his performance in a 14-12 Bulldog win against Lovejoy Friday at Twelve Oaks. Ward rushed for two touchdowns, including a game-high 49-yard rushing TD in the second quarter. Ward also caught a game-winning interception with under 10 seconds remaining in regulation.

"God makes football players," Mt. Zion head coach Jarrett Laws said. "That kid is not an offensive player. He's not a defensive player. He's a football player. He would do anything for his team. I've never met a more humble kid or a kid more in tune and focused on what he wants to do. God blessed that boy. He is something special."

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Eight-man blowout: After being dominated by the Mt. Vernon Crusaders in the Georgia Christian Athletic Association eight-man football league over the years, the People's Academy Knights finally defeated the two-time defending league champion Crusaders.

The Knights came away with a 59-6 win in a game played at times during driving rain in People's Academy's own backyard.

Junior running back Matt McElreath made it all happen for the Knights, rushing for 115 yards and two touchdowns to help People's Academy improve its record to 4-0. Mt. Vernon, which has made it to the GCAA state title game three of the last four years, continued its 2007 struggles, dropping to 1-4 overall.

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First time for everything: The Dutchtown junior varsity team knocked off Union Grove 21-12 Thursday. It was the first time any Dutchtown team (football) has beaten Union Grove.

Defensively, Jaquel Sutton, Demario Barber and Luis Conde held Union Grove at bay.

On offense, quarterback Trey Nelson threw for 65 yards and two touchdowns. Kelvin Tanner added a touchdown run and Jonathan Richey and Gibran Johnson each hauled in touchdown receptions.

Scott Christensen and Ryan Kay also stood out on special teams.

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Jackson leads Warhawk attack: Warhawk receiver Chris Jackson, an early Georgia Tech committment, rushed for 80 yards, caught two touchdown passes and ran for another score Friday as Henry County overcame three kickoff returned for scores by Central Macon. Subtract the special teams scores and Henry's defense allowed only one touchdown.

Quan Jones racked up 105 yards rushing while Aliquin Thomas added a Henry County touchdown.

Quarterback Drew Little, a junior drawing a lot of attention from Tech as well, threw for three touchdowns.

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First Points: Both Morrow and Jonesboro produced their first points of the 2007 football season Friday night at Tara Stadium, with Jonesboro coming away with a 12-6 victory in the non-regional contest.

onesboro produced 158 yards offensively. Of the 88 yards in the first half, 42 came on its final drive.

Morrow finished with 176 yards offensively. In the first half, the Mustangs had 52 yards, all on the ground.