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Darryl Maxie

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Lovejoy's Hough gets it done on, off field

The question, to which no opponent truly found a satisfactory answer, was this: What can't Jermaine Hough do on the football field?

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Thousands partake of a Douglas Brothers Christmas

Kids squealed with delight, clutching toys or riding shiny new bicycles around a Jonesboro High gymnasium floor. Parents heaved visible sighs of relief, gratitude washing over their faces.

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Thousands partake of a Douglas Brothers Christmas

Kids squealed with delight, clutching toys or riding shiny new bicycles around a Jonesboro High gymnasium floor. Parents heaved visible sighs of relief, gratitude washing over their faces.

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North counts on ‘yeomen’ against South all-star squad

The Clayton Senior Bowl is so new that chips on the shoulder haven’t had time to grow. But if you ask Drew coach Jarrett Laws, who will lead the North squad against the South, it’s already there.

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Woodland's McGill making the most of late all-star invitation

The Georgia Dome is still open for high school football business. Eddie McGill Jr. knows this because he got a late invitation to be there this weekend.

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South team prepares for Clayton Senior Bowl

There is nothing anticlimactic about the Clayton County Senior Bowl, not even to the Lovejoy contingent that helps make up the South team.

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North counts on 'yeomen' against South all-star squad

The Clayton Senior Bowl is so new that chips on the shoulder haven’t had time to grow. But if you ask Drew coach Jarrett Laws, who will lead the North squad against the South, it’s already there.

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South team prepares for Clayton Senior Bowl

There is nothing anticlimactic about the Clayton County Senior Bowl, not even to the Lovejoy contingent that helps make up the South team.

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Woodland's McGill making the most of late all-star invitation

The Georgia Dome is still open for high school football business. Eddie McGill Jr. knows this because he got a late invitation to be there this weekend.

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Clayton State pull 2-OT upset after remarkable reprieve

When you catch a break the size of the one Clayton State’s men’s basketball team caught Wednesday night, you don’t let it slip through your fingers — even if it takes two overtimes to wrestle it under control.

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Clayton State pull 2-OT upset after remarkable reprieve

When you catch a break the size of the one Clayton State’s men’s basketball team caught Wednesday night, you don’t let it slip through your fingers — even if it takes two overtimes to wrestle it under control.

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Locust Grove, Ola pin down strong showings at South Metro

It may be too early to start thinking of the wrestling state championship two months away. But the South Metro tournament this past weekend at Union Grove featured names likely to be seen again when the most coveted trophies are on the line.

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Same ol’ Forest Park? Not quite

Nine months have passed since Forest Park’s girls lost to Fayette County in the Class AAAA basketball championship.

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Same ol' Forest Park? Not quite

Nine months have passed since Forest Park’s girls lost to Fayette County in the Class AAAA basketball championship. A scant few weeks have passed since they lost to them again in the season opener.

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Locust Grove, Ola pin down strong showings at South Metro

It may be too early to start thinking of the wrestling state championship two months away. But the South Metro tournament this past weekend at Union Grove featured names likely to be seen again when the most coveted trophies are on the line.

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Good enough already, Lovejoy and ELCA need a break

Define better. There isn’t a high school football coach in the state, Tucker’s Franklin Stephens included, who doesn’t believe his team can be better in its next game than it was the last.

Good enough already, Lovejoy and ELCA need a break

Define better.

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Fresh pain to fuel Wildcats’ future — Darryl Maxie

The Wildcats went as far as they could, to the 15th game, to the Georgia Dome, before running into a team every bit as fast as they, every bit as defensive-minded and even more battle-tested.

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Fresh pain to fuel Wildcats' future - Darryl Maxie

ATLANTA — The business remains unfinished.

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Hughes: The face of Lovejoy football

If Clayton County had a Mount Rushmore or a Stone Mountain of athletics, surely Al Hughes’ face would be chiseled in granite somewhere on it.

Hughes: The face of Lovejoy football

If Clayton County had a Mount Rushmore or a Stone Mountain of athletics, surely Al Hughes' face would be chiseled in granite somewhere on it.

Nothing tricky about Lovejoy-Tucker showdown

So, what do you call on 14th down and the longest yard?

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Nothing tricky about Lovejoy-Tucker showdown

So, what do you call on 14th down and the longest yard?

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December boys: Lovejoy tries to cross the semifinal frontier

Closer to a state championship than ever before, Eagle’s Landing Christian and Lovejoy will be introduced to a new concept Friday.

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December boys: Lovejoy tries to cross the semifinal frontier

Closer to a state championship than ever before, Eagle’s Landing Christian and Lovejoy will be introduced to a new concept Friday.

One more mile to go for ELCA, Lovejoy

Keyante Green’s injury might have been the best thing that could’ve happened to Eagle’s Landing Christian, in a weird sort of way. It forced the Chargers to look for other options. And they found them.

One more mile to go for ELCA, Lovejoy

Keyante Green's injury might have been the best thing that could've happened to Eagle's Landing Christian, in a weird sort of way. It forced the Chargers to look for other options.

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Lovejoy’s cocky, yet humble DBs, stifle opposing receivers

They know each other well. They have each other’s backs.

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Lovejoy's cocky, yet humble DBs, stifle opposing receivers

They know each other well. They have each other’s backs.

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Local players make contributions beyond the stat sheets

Each of the four playoff teams from the Southern Crescent has players that get the headlines each week for their spectacular plays. Teams need those touchdown leaders and hard-hitters to advance throughout the postseason. But any coach will tell you that their team also needs the players whose contributions can’t solely be measured by the stat sheet. They are the “Unsung Heroes” of their teams. Staff writers Derrick Mahone and Darryl Maxie look at the unsung heroes on each of the remaining playoff teams in the area,

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Local players make contributions beyond the stat sheets

Billy Burke, Stockbridge: The senior’s name is never called across the PA system on Friday nights, but his contribution to the Tigers are so important. As an offensive lineman he rarely gets noticed until a penalty occurs or missed blocking assignment happens. Burke (6-3, 265) can play all three positions on the offensive line. He is the starting center, and has graded out at 80 percent on the season. Tigers coach Kevin Whitley calls him “very versatile and smart” as he makes most of the calls on the line. This is Burke’s first year as a full-time starter.

The Playmakers in the Southern Crescent

D.J. Curl, ELCA: When you hear about the Chargers' defense, names like Justin Thomason and Isaac Rochell usually pop up, and deservedly so. But when it comes to big plays, Curl has the knack for making his presence felt. He came up with an interception that got ELCA back on track last week in its region-championship victory against Holy Innocents'. He also had a two-interception game earlier this season against Manchester.

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The Playmakers in the Southern Crescent

As the second season - the playoffs - begins tonight with seven teams from the Southern Crescent, each will be relying on a team effort to remain alive. However, each team has one or two players that must step up big for them to have a chance to advance. Staff writers Derrick Mahone and Darryl Maxie look at the impact players from the area that must have big playoff games.

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Lovejoy’s Tuoyo heading to VCU

Justin Tuoyo is known for his defense.

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Lovejoy's Tuoyo heading to VCU

Justin Tuoyo is known for his defense.

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Henry County’s QB Moody sets team record in big win

Henry County needed a win over Eastside in both team’s regular season finale to make the playoffs.

Henry County's QB Moody sets team record in big win

Henry County needed a win over Eastside in both team's regular season finale to make the playoffs.

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What We’ve Learned

Only two weeks remain in the 2011 regular season. We hope you have been taking some good notes on what has transpired this season in Clayton and Henry counties. If you haven’t been watching as closely, staff writers Darryl Maxie and Derrick Mahone have provided a cheat sheet. We reflect on what we’ve learned about the 2011 season.

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Eight won’t be enough for Stockbridge

Look through the records, find it if you can — an eight-win football season at Stockbridge.

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Stockbridge backup QB has done ‘steady job’ for team

Stockbridge quarterback Leon Prunty was expected to return to practice Monday following a bruised kidney injury that has sidelined him the last two games.

Stockbridge backup QB has done 'steady job' for team

Stockbridge quarterback Leon Prunty was expected to return to practice Monday following a bruised kidney injury that has sidelined him the last two games.

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Luella returns to winning path tonight

Staff writer Darryl Maxie makes his weekly predictions.

Luella returns to winning path tonight

Football weather's finally upon us, and now Luella can get back to the business of winning.

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North Clayton coach likes that his team is flying 'under the radar' this season

Aside from his team’s two losses, North Clayton first-year coach Max Wiltz likes the position his team has been in all season.

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North Clayton coach likes that his team is flying ‘under the radar’ this season

Aside from his team’s two losses, North Clayton first-year coach Max Wiltz likes the position his team has been in all season.

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Predicting the Lovejoy, Jonesboro game

Staff writers Darryl Maxie and Derrick Mahone weigh in on the Jonesboro vs. Lovejoy game with their predictions.

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Predicting the Lovejoy, Jonesboro game

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Union Grove breezes into softball’s second round

In the Living Up to Expectations Department, Morrow and No. 1-ranked Union Grove played to a tie Wednesday, which explains why Morrow coach Candice Jones could smile about her girls after they suffered twin 23-0 beatings.

Union Grove breezes into softball's second round

In the Living Up to Expectations Department, Morrow and No. 1-ranked Union Grove played to a tie Wednesday, which explains why Morrow coach Candice Jones could smile about her girls after they suffered twin 23-0 beatings.

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Mundy’s Mill expects to face former teammate McHellon

The Mundy’s Mill softball needle is nearly on “E” — hardly the ideal stamina level to renew acquaintances with an ex-teammate, especially one who pitches as dominantly as Savannah McHellon.