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Jonesboro Building Confidence With 2-0 Season Start

For the first time since 1996, Jonesboro has started the season with a 2-0 record.

The Cardinals, who are idle this week, have wins over Tri-Cities and Mount Zion, which are also Region 4-AAAA games.

"We are pretty confident right now," Jonesboro coach Tim Floyd said after Friday's 39-0 win over Mount Zion in the "Backyard Classic" at Tara Stadium.

"The players are seeing that their hard work is paying off," he said. "We are hoping that momentum pushes us through the rest of the season."

When the Cardinals return to action on Sept. 16, they will take on winless Forest Park before a Sept. 23 game against Creekside, a team that has been favored to win the region.

BIG-PLAY TATUM

Eagle's Landing Christian running back John Tatum had 183 yards on 12 carries against Henry County -- and 141 of them came on two big carries. The first, a 72-yard touchdown run, gave the Chargers a 14-7 lead and the second, a 69-yarder, set up the go-ahead touchdown in what would become a 23-14 ELCA victory.

THURSDAY NIGHT ACTION

Thursday night football is not uncommon among teams in the Southern Crescent, because all the Clayton County schools share three stadium. This Thursday will feature two important region games.

North Clayton and Lovejoy will battle for Region 4-AAAA supremacy in a contest at Tara Stadium. Last season, Lovejoy won in overtime.

Drew, which is off to a 1-1 start, will travel to Griffin's Memorial Stadium to take on Spalding in a key Region 4-AAA game.

WELCOME BACK

Stockbridge's 62-0 victory over North Springs allowed coach Kevin Whitley to return to one of the stops along his coaching career.

He was North Springs' head coach in 2001 and 2002, and his 5-5 record in the second year remains the best they've done since the 1998 Spartans went 8-5.

"When you've moved around like I have, that's part of the game," Whitley said.

Next season, Stockbridge could find itself in the same region with another school Whitley formerly coached, Creekside, where the coach was from 2003-2008.

GOOD QB PLAY

Luella coach Nic Vasilchek praised quarterback Jared Hendricks for a solid performance in the Lions' win over Eagle's Landing last week. He completed all three of his passes, with two going for touchdowns in the win.

"Hendricks will be a big factor for us," Vasilchek said. "Most teams succeed based on their QB play, and we'll be no exception."

TIME TO REST

Luella is 3-0 for the first time since 2008 season when it started with a similar record en route to a 7-4 finish and a playoff appearance.

The most wins the school has had in a row is four, which occurred midway through the 2007 season.

Luella will have to wait two weeks to see if it can equal that mark when the Lions host East Coweta in the first Region 2-AAAAA game of the season. The Lions are off the next two weeks.