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STOVALL: Prediction time for Southern Crescent football

Gabriel Stovall

Gabriel Stovall

Okay, I'm pulling out my crystal ball and channeling my inner Brian Paglia, (former Clayton News Daily and Henry Daily Herald sportswriter, now Sports Editor of the Forsyth County News).

Not sure how good I am at forecasting the future, but we'll see. Summer is winding down. Winter conditioning, spring ball, 7-on-7 passing leagues, team camps. It's almost all behind us now.

We've got exactly 30 days before Morrow and ELCA take the field against its respective foes, and begin to carve out the identity of the 2013 Southern Crescent football season.

That's 30 days left to pontificate, prescribe and predict what will happen before the action on the field either proves me right or wrong.

Thirty more days to see if Lovejoy can reload or if ELCA can repeat. Exactly one month before Eagle's Landing and Riverdale try out their newfangled, high powered offenses, and to see if Stockbridge can take the next step toward a state championship, led by what should be one of the stingiest defenses in the state.

Soon we'll see if yet another new Forest Park coach, John Diehl, is the real deal. Can Morrow take another step toward realizing former glory under second year coach Larry Foster?

Who are the teams that may emerge on the scene, eliciting shock and awe across the two-county area?

I won't try to speculate on all the gritty details. It's impossible to know how the ball will bounce or whether the nagging injuries will heal. But depending on whether all goes right, or all goes wrong, here's what I believe we can expect for the regular season:

Drew: Jarrett Laws is too good a coach to allow the Titans to slip far, if at all.

Best-case: 7-3

Worst-case: 4-6

Dutchtown: Malik Barkley eclipses the 1,500 yard mark for total offense.

Best-case: 6-4

Worst-case: 5-5

Eagle’s Landing Christian: Hang another championship banner in ELCA's gym (do they do that in high school?).

Best-case: 10-0

Worst-case: 8-2

Eagle’s Landing: Too much talent on the Golden Eagles for another one-win season.

Best-case: 6-4

Worst-case: 2-8

Forest Park: The Panthers, with yet another new coach, look more athletic than last year.

Best-case: 3-7

Worst-case: 1-9

Henry County: Second new coach in as many years.

Best-case: 2-8

Worst-case: 0-10

Jonesboro: New faces, similar results under coach Tim Floyd.

Best-case: 8-2

Worst-case: 6-4

Locust Grove: Having one of the best players in the nation means a lot.

Best-case: 7-3

Worst-case: 4-6

Lovejoy: Rebuild or reload? Whoever the answer is at QB could tell the story.

Best-case: 8-2

Worst-case: 7-3

Luella: The Lions have athletes. They have to know they can win, though

Best-case: 6-4

Worst-case: 3-7

Morrow: It's always good for continuity when coach and QB are returning.

Best-case: 4-6

Worst-case: 2-8

Mt. Zion: Rough start last year to the Ervin Starr era.

Best-case: 3-7

Worst-case: 0-10

Mundy’s Mill: Here's my darkhorse. The Tigers have talent to make noise.

Best-case: 8-2

Worst-case: 5-5

North Clayton: A new coach will hopefully usher in different results from 2012.

Best-case: 5-5

Worst-case: 3-7

Ola: The Mustangs lose a lot of playmakers. Could be tough.

Best-case: 3-7

Worst-case: 1-9

Riverdale: I can't wait to see this offense in action.

Best-case: 9-1

Worst-case: 6-4

Stockbridge: I can't wait to see this defense in action.

Best-case: 10-0

Worst-case: 7-3

Strong Rock: The Patriots are healthy, but Class A is tough.

Best-case: 5-5

Worst-case: 0-10

Union Grove: QB Jonathan Slade's role will increase without Derrick Craine.

Best-case: 7-3

Worst-case: 5-5

Woodland: Wolfpack looking to avoid a third straight 2-8 year.

Best-case: 5-5

Worst-case: 2-8

Gabriel Stovall covers sports for the Clayton News Daily and Henry Daily Herald newspapers. He can be reached at gstovall@news-daily.com. On Twitter? Follow him @GabrielStovall1.