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Derrick Mahone

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David Washington still has goal of playing pro football

David Washington had the big dreams and goals as many other standout high school football players.

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Lee County too much for Lovejoy in first round of playoffs

When the scoreboard clock malfunctioned early in the fourth quarter at Twelve Oaks Stadium, a Lovejoy fan asked if they could redo the game over again.

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Clayton County teams fortunate enough to have solid fullbacks

As teams have gone to more spread and zone read type offenses, the position of fullback has been almost eliminated from most offensive scheme.

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Jonesboro senior Michaelle Smith signs with Div. II Lenior-Rhyne

When Michaelle Smith attended a basketball camp at Georgia State last summer, she caught the eye of several coaches.

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Austin Donaldson signs basketball scholarship with the Chattanooga Mocs

Austin Donaldson committed to Chattanooga last month, and wasn’t planning on signing with the Southern Conference school in hopes of keeping his options open.

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Joseph Newman adds big spark to the Drew Titans offense

Coming into the season, the prevailing thought among Drew opponents was that if you stopped running back Marquis Terry, then you would stopped the Titans offense.

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Clayton County teams fortunate enough to have solid fullbacks

As teams have gone to more spread and zone read type offenses, the position of the fullback has been almost eliminated from most offensive scheme.

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Jonesboro Cardinals boy's basketball team begins pursuit of back-to-back state titles

CAN THEY REPEAT?

The Jonesboro boys basketball team is attempting to do what has not been done in the county since the Morrow girls program built a powerhouse program in the late 1980s and early ’90s — repeat as state champion.

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CLAYTON COUNTY BOY'S BASKETBALL PREVIEW

Dan Maehlman, Michael Zachery, Reginald Scurry

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CLAYTON COUNTY PLAYERS TO WATCH

With the upcoming season almost upon us, the Clayton News Daily takes a look at some of the top players in the area entering the season.

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Mundy’s Mill clinches playoff berth with 47-14 win over Woodland

When you face a “win or go home” situation, teams often look for their senior leadership to play big.

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Scoreboard doesn't matter when Jonesboro, North Clayton meet in scrimmage

When Jonesboro host North Clayton tonight in a scrimmage, both team coaches are not too concern about the result on scoreboard.

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Clayton State takes on Georgia Tech in men’s basketball exhibition game

The opportunity to play at Georgia Tech has been very appealing to the Clayton State men basketball team.

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Drew, Stockbridge play for Region 4-AAAAA title

The “next game on the schedule” approach is how Drew coach Dorwyn Lyles has pitched today’s contest against Stockbridge.

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Jonesboro, Locust Grove meet for playoff spot

With his team in the midst of a three-game losing streak to start the season, Jonesboro was on the verge of dropping its fourth game.

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Woodland, Mundy's Mill playing for high stakes

Although the stakes are high in today’s Mundy’s Mill and Woodland game, both teams are taking a “business as usual” approach to the Region 4-AAAAA play-in game.

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Clayton State takes on Georgia Tech in men’s basketball exhibition game

The opportunity to play at Georgia Tech has been very appealing to the Clayton State men basketball team.

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Jonesboro DB coach Cedric Brooks has worked with some top players

When it came time for Cedric Nettles to move into the starting safety spot at Tennessee-Chattanooga this season, he was fully confident in his ability.

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Tucker snap two Lovejoy streaks in 27-12 victory

Lovejoy saw two streaks come to an end on a chilly Friday night at Twelve Oaks Stadium.

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Lovejoy seeks fifth straight region title

For Randy Robinson, tonight’s game against Tucker is more than just for the Region 2-AAAAAA championship.

Morrow Mustangs secure state cross country spot

As the runners were crossing the finish line at the Heritage Christian Church cross country course in Fayetteville, Morrow coach Anthony McKissic started to get a little nervous.

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Lovejoy, Tucker to decide Region 2-AAAAAA title on Friday

This week’s schedule of games will feature a region title on the line, the right to play for a region championship and a chance for a team to hopefully position themselves to play for a playoff spot.

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Jonesboro senior Michaelle Smith commits to Lenior-Rhyne in basketball

Michaelle Smith has decided to go with the school that wanted her first.

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Jermaine Hough continues to make plays for Jacksonville State secondary

The second day of preseason practice in August, Jermaine “Junior” Hough sustained what he thought would be a setback to the season.

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Jonesboro Cardinals dominate Mount Zion in 45-0 subregion win

Jonesboro quarterback Jason Sears admits that he wasn’t as sharp as he wanted to be on the Cardinals first possession of Friday’s game.

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Michael Carlisle helps anchor the Jacksonville State defense

It has been a long journey to Jacksonville State for Michael Carlisle.

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Khaleel Rogers does what he can to help the Lovejoy Wildcats

Rogers does what he can to help Lovejoy

Khaleel Rogers admits that not getting a chance to compete most of the preseason for the starting quarterback job at Lovejoy was sort of disappointing at first.

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Babb, Eddie White meet for Clayton County Middle School football title

Babb and Eddie White Academy seem to have a similar theme about this season.

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MAHONE: Dorwyn Lyles proves to be right choice for Drew Titans

For Dorwyn Lyles, it was all about the right fit.

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Jonesboro guard Austin Donaldson commits to the Chattanooga Mocs

For Jonesboro point guard Austin Donaldson, it came down to what Tennessee-Chattanooga offer off the court as much as on it.

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Jonesboro guard Austin Donaldson commits to Tennessee-Chattanooga

Jonesboro point guard Austin Donaldson became the first member of the defending state champion basketball team to make his college commitment.

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Drew gets historic 40-28 win over Mundy’s Mill

It was a historic night for the Drew football program.

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Riverdale to host Jonesboro with heavy heart

As Riverdale approaches the biggest game of the season, it is doing so with mixed emotions.

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Emotional Riverdale takes on Jonesboro in key subregion game

As Riverdale approaches the biggest game of the season, it is doing so with mixed emotions.

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Key subregion games highlight upcoming Clayton County football schedule

Two games that will likely decide the playoff fates of four teams highlight this week of gridiron clashes that involve county teams.

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Zerrick Cooper picks Clemson Tigers program because of their loyalty

Moments before his team took to the field for an ACC contest against Louisville, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney got some good news about the future of the Tigers’ program.

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Jonesboro Cardinals host Carrollton in Class AAAA volleyball playoffs

Before Jonesboro host Carrollton in the first round of the Class AAAA playoffs today, the Cardinals will observe Senior Night ceremonies.

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Kendrick Middle School looking to advance in playoffs

Three years ago, Kendrick Middle School was in a similar position.

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Cedric Nettles settles into starting role at Tennessee-Chattanooga

For the most part, all the pieces were in place for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga to have another solid defense.

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Lovejoy Wildcats looking for more defensive intensity

Lovejoy first-year defensive coordinator Corey Johnson figured it would take a few games before the Wildcats would jell as a defensive unit.

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Jonathan Lay and Chidi Okonya are making noise in classroom and on the football field

Riverdale tandum getting it done in classroom, field

Chidi Okonya stopped Jonathan Lay the other day in the hallway at Riverdale High to asked his teammate and role model a simple question.

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Jordan Griffin says timing was right to commit to Kentucky Wildcats

Jordan Griffin had a feeling that he would commit to play football at Kentucky as his family driving to Lexington over the weekend.

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Jonesboro wins county volleyball championship

Jonesboro volleyball is back on top in the county.

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Jordan Griffin commits to the Kentucky Wildcats

It was a big weekend for the Kentucky Wildcats football program on Saturday in Lexington.

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Mundy’s Mill, Drew are focused on current opponents

Mundy’s Mill and Drew appear to be on course to battle for the Region 4-AAAAA, Div. A title.

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Jordan Griffin says timing was right to commit to Kentucky Wildcats

Jordan Griffin had a feeling that he would commit to play football at Kentucky.

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Lovejoy sophomore Nichole Slocumb continues to domination competition

Lovejoy’s Slocumb continues to dominate

Nichole Slocumb cut her summer track short to prepare for her new love.

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Mundy's Mill defeats Morrow 59-18 in Region 4-AAAAA contest

Mundy’s Mill defeats Morrow 59-18 in win

Mundy’s Mill would not need any late game heroics this week.

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HOLDING COURT

Carmen Nelson of Jonesboro helped Xavier reach the NAIA’s national semifinals in May and earn a No. 3 team postseason ranking.

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Jonesboro top seed at county volleyball tournament

The Clayton County Volleyball Championship will not only serve as a source for bragging rights for the winner, but it will offer all the county teams a chance to prepare one last time for their upcoming area tournaments.