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Let the good times roll in Clayton County.
The GHSA’s new region alignments have returned the county’s schools to the old familiar format of being able to compete against each other. “A lot of old rivalries should be reinstated,” Lovejoy coach Al Hughes said.
Hughes has directed Lovejoy since 2001 and is excited about the spring. What are his goals? “We are hoping to accomplish a mental toughness. Because we are a Spread Offense, people think we are soft. We are out to prove them wrong.”
Lovejoy always has some of the state’s best linemen. This year’s crop includes:
OL Lamont Hardy (6-foot-6, 330 lbs.), with an early offer from North Carolina State
DL David Washington (6-3, 280), with an early offer from Richmond
DL Josh Walker (6-1, 265), with an early offer from Virginia Military
What about the skills players? Vic Hardison is a two-year starter at QB, while transfer Nat Weston (6-1, 185) may be the team’s best athlete. Leander Williams (6-3, 200) is also a potential all-star candidate at free safety.
Team: Lovejoy Wildcats
Spring Game: 6 p.m., May 21, Mundy’s Mill Middle School
Spring practice dates: Ends May 21
Last year’s record: 4-6
Starters lost: 7
Head coach: Al Hughes
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