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Derrick Mahone

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Lovejoy, McEachern ready for national TV spotlight

Lights. Camera. Football. Kickoff at Twelve Oaks Stadium will be like no other tonight when McEachern takes on No. 3 Lovejoy in a non-region contest. Beside this being a big non-region contest against another state contender, the game will be televised live on ESPNU.

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Mundy's Mill takes on McIntosh in subregion opener

Mundy’s Mill got the first win out of their way, now the Tigers begin the Region 4-AAAAA, Div. A portion of their schedule.

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Lovejoy takes on McEachern on national television

A nationally televised non-region contest and several subregion games highlight the fourth week of the season.

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Clayton County middle school playoff picture shaped by key games

Key games to shape playoff picture

A pair of big games highlight the upcoming Clayton County middle school schedule next week.

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Jamal Covington craving legacy at Charlotte

Jamal Covington had a chance to play for an established Div. I football program, but the offensive lineman always remembered something his high school coach would tell them.

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Antwione Williams playing major role for Georgia Southern's defense

Antwione Williams wanted to be out there with his Georgia Southern defensive teammates last season, but a torn triceps prevented him from being on the field.

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Healthy Rico McWilliams making contributions for South Carolina defense

Rico McWilliams has been learning that SEC football is just important being mentally prepared as it having the physical tools.

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Drew Titans looking for more consistency

Drew got a chance to see how the other half of high school football lives last Friday in Valdosta. The players and coaches are hoping that experience will help them reach their goal of a playoff berth.

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Some Clayton County teams looking to rebound in Week 3

Jonesboro and Eagle’s Landing are having surprising seasons for different reasons.

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ELCA looking to get first win

Moments after his team’s 23-16 win at Eagle’s Landing Christian last week, Greater Atlanta Christian coach Tim Hardy had a hard time believing his opponents are winless.

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MAHONE: Lovejoy Wildcats have chance to prove doubters wrong

Over the last five years, Lovejoy has steadily been building a resume that puts it among the state’s elite.

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Lovejoy Wildcats hope to prove doubters wrong

Whatever doubt that exist in Lovejoy being among the elite in the state’s highest classification can quickly be erased in the next three weeks.

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Drivers prepare for Chase with high hopes

All the berths have been clinched, and the field is set for the upcoming Chase for the Sprint Cup championship, which starts this weekend in Chicago.

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Jonesboro Cardinals looking for improved offensive production

As the offensive linemen went through their individual drills, line coach Jamar Fordham was constantly barking out instructions.

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Drew, Riverdale take road trips to South Georgia

Drew and Riverdale will be playing different opponents tonight in South Georgia, but both teams expects similar situations.

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Riverdale Raiders boost stout running attack

Riverdale senior boasts stout rushing attack

Back during spring drills in May, Riverale coach Terry Herrod would tell everyone that listened that the Raiders were committed to the run game this season.

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Clayton County teams try to show county pride this week

The second week of the season for Clayton County teams will see them play mostly opponents from other counties, including two team making the trek to South Georgia.

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Lovejoy dominates Mundy's Mill 47-13

Before the Big Cat Classic began, Mundy’s Mill band shouted to the crowd that Twelve Oaks Stadium was their house, even though it sits on the Lovejoy campus.

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Georgia Bulldogs have high expectations for season, opener

There is a new guy under center and someone different calling the defensive shots this season at Georgia.

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Mundy's Mill ready for chance against No. 6 Lovejoy

During his post-practice speech earlier this week, Mundy’s Mill coach Greg Manior told his players they should play this season with a chip on their shoulder.

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Logano eyes Cup title

HAMPTON — There was a time when Joey Logano had the nickname “Sliced Bread” around the NASCAR circuit.

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Atlanta Motor Speedway hosts Oral-B USA 500 this weekend

Joey Logano makes his return to Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend as one of the top drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series.

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Some familiar NASCAR faces are still missing wins

The Oral-B USA 500 figures to be a win at all costs event for drivers with Chase for the Sprint Cup championship berth aspirations.

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Lovejoy WR Preston Williams thrives in the spotlight

The spotlight will definitely be on Preston Williams this season.

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Taylor Townsend living her tennis dreams

There have been some big moments in Taylor Townsend’s tennis career, but none may have been bigger than what transpired on Tuesday night before a national television audience.

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Five pressing questions about Clayton County football

There are many storylines for new season

As another season sets to kickoff this evening, there are still lingering questions that fans want answered. Over the course of the 10-game regular season, these questions will get answered by the way teams perform on the field.

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Logano pursuing first Sprint Cup title at AMS

There was a time when Joey Logano had the nickname “Sliced Bread” around the NASCAR circuit.

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New coaching eras set to begin in Clayton County

Game week is finally here for teams in the county.

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It's official — Atlanta Motor Speedway loses Labor Day race

Atlanta Motor Speedway will not play host to a NASCAR race on Labor Day weekend next year.

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Jonesboro Cardinals plans little changes to offense after QB sidelined

This was looked upon as being the breakout year for Jonesboro quarterback Zerrick Cooper, who entered the season as one of the top junior prospects in the state.

MAHONE: Clayton County still producing good teams, talent

Sometimes it sounds like coachspeak.

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Atlanta Motor Speedway playing major role in NASCAR title

The national spotlight will shine on Atlanta Motor Speedway as the next to last race before the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship starts.

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M.D. Roberts looks to repeat as county champions

M.D. Roberts got off to a late start with its football practices over the summer because of construction work at the school.

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Jonesboro volleyball looking for another good season

As Jonesboro coach Dan Maehlman sees it, this could be a typical season for his volleyball team.

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Lovejoy Wildcats starts football season at No. 6 in Class AAAAAA

It is no secret that expectations are high this season for the Lovejoy Wildcats as they enter the new season.

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Mount Zion volleyball making adjustment with new players

It’s a new season for Mount Zion volleyball, and that isn’t only because the calendar has changed. The Bulldogs only return two players from last year’s team and they will play in a new classification and area.

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Riverdale Raiders alters quarterback plans after injury to starter

Terry Herrod wasn’t going to make any excuses or looking for sympathy on Monday.

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NASCAR drivers positioning themselves for the Chase

It is getting down to crunch time on the NASCAR circuit as four races remain for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoffs.

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Drew, Lovejoy meet in scrimmage game

New Drew football coach Dorwyn Lyles is wasting no time getting his team acclimated to the upcoming season.

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Scrimmages give coaches a time to evaluate

For the most part, the scoreboard during scrimmage games will not matter.

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MAHONE: Clayton County coaches show their comical skills

They had some funny lines, but my advice would be for none of the nine Clayton County football coaches to give up their day jobs.

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North Clayton coach James Soza wins Rotary Club Crying Towel Award | VIDEO

There has always been this notion that if you win the Clayton County Rotary Club’s annual Crying Towel Award that you won’t be around next season for the banquet.

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Clayton County teams face opposition in scrimmages

It’s almost here.

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Forest Park coaching staff brings NFL experience to team

Reginald Austin and his staff at Forest Park gained a wealth of knowledge playing college and professional football.

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Five area players named to the preseason all-state team

Four players from the Southern Crescent made the annual Georgia High School Football Daily’s preseason all-state team for their respective classification.

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Austin Dillon competes test run at Atlanta Motor Speedway

Only five races remain for NASCAR drivers to earn a spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, and Atlanta Motor Speedway will play a big role in determining those spots.

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Atlanta Motor Speedway lands Oral-B as race title sponsor

With only four weeks remaining for its marquee event, Atlanta Motor Speedway has named Oral-B as the title sponsor for the Aug. 31 race.

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Garrison Beedles called an 'amazing student' by Morrow coaches

Morrow coach Anthony McKissic remembers the first encounter he had with Garrison Beedles about four years ago.

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Travis Custis looking forward to challenge at Hutchinson Community College

Travis Custis was looking forward to the opportunity to help the Georgia Tech football team this season.

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Bria Matthews named American Family Insurance/USA Today track and field All-American

Forest Park standout chosen for second team in national honor

Forest Park track standout Bria Matthews recently received some national recognition in the form of All American status from American Family Insurance and USA Today.

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