Georgia High School Football Spring Preview AJC 30 In 30 Series: Lovejoy Wildcats

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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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9 comments Add your comment

crush groove

May 16th, 2010
7:21 pm

Well its time to see what we have because we play Stephenson in our scrimage game and if we are going to turn the corner this year Stephenson will surely test us.Iknow its not a real game but lets hope our atheletes can match up with theres.


May 16th, 2010
9:58 pm

lovejoy always has players but never can do anythink with them as a team look for mundymill to sneak up on teams in clayton county this year

sho nuff

May 19th, 2010
4:09 pm

TarHeelBred bleeds TarHeelBlue

May 19th, 2010
5:38 pm

Spread offensive teams can play some pretty football during the regular season and even into the early rounds of the playoffs, but its just about always the running teams that win the state titles in Georgia, though its just a matter of time until a spread or passing-oriented offensive team wins it all.


May 21st, 2010
8:52 am

Go Cats!
This year will Nathan Weston best year ever……

Ed Hardy

May 23rd, 2010
9:17 pm

Weston could not pull it off on JV as QB at Union Grove, why would LHS think he could do it for Varsity his last year?


May 24th, 2010
10:12 pm

Ed Hardy use your real name…. Don’t hide yourself be a man about it and let us know who you are. Just what I thought….. You no nothing about LHS. Do you live in our community? No. Go back to Sandy Creek hater…

Ed Hardy

June 12th, 2010
12:38 pm

Glad you mentioned Sandy Creek, so the coaches at “LHS” are aware Nathan jumped from Sandy Creek to Union Grove to LHS?


July 6th, 2010
12:30 am

Unaware or not ! Why does that matter ?