Childers earns big honor; Carlton in title game

Vic Beasley and the Atlanta Falcons lost 14-9 to the Minnesota Vikings Sunday. Beasley recorded five tackles, all solo, one of which was for a loss. He now has 24 tackles on the year and four sacks.
On the college front, Marcus Childers was named the Mid-American Conference Freshman of the Year for Northern Illinois. He threw for 1,440 yards, rushed for 454, and scored 15 total touchdowns in eight games as the primary quarterback.  
Trevor Carlton has had two of his best games of the year the past two weeks, ranking first and second in tackles, respectively, for Reinhardt. The Eagles advanced to the NAIA national title game Saturday with a win over Georgetown College, and will face off against St. Francis for the championship next week. Additionally, a few county players will be going bowling. Childers and Northern Illinois will hop a state north to play Duke in the Quick Lane Bowl on Dec. 26. Emmanuel Jones and Colorado State will face off against the Marshall Thundering Herd in the New Mexico Bowl Dec. 16;  Lucas Johnson, DeAndre Applin and Georgia State will play in the Cure Bowl against Western Kentucky the same day.

DeAndre Applin (Georgia State Jr., Adairsville) — Applin had three solo tackles and one assisted for four total in a 24-10 Georgia State loss to Idaho Saturday. Applin finished the regular season with 44 total tackles, good for fifth on the team. He had 2.5 tackles for loss as well as three pass breakups. Saturday was Georgia State’s final regular season game, but the team had already qualified for a bowl. Georgia State will face Western Kentucky in the Cure Bowl in Orlando, Florida, on Dec. 16. Western Kentucky is also 6-6 on the year.

Trevor Carlton (Reinhardt Jr., Cartersville) — On Nov. 25, Carlton led Reinhardt in tackles with eight — four solo and four assisted — in a 17-10 win over Georgetown College (KY.). One of those tackles was for a loss.
Saturday, Carlton had seven tackles in a 37-34 Reinhardt win over Southern Oregon in the NAIA FCS semifinals. It was good for second on the team. Overall, Carlton has 39 total tackles on the year, which is tied for fifth on the team. Five and a half of those tackles are for a loss, and he also has one sack. With the win, Reinhardt advances to the national title game, with a matchup against the University of St. Francis awaiting Dec. 16.

Trase Fezzia (Ellsworth Community College Fr., Cartersville) —  Fezzia had two solo tackles and fielded a kick but didn’t pick up any yards in an Ellsworth 55-14 blowout of Northland Community & Technical College in the Graphic Edge Bowl in Cedar Falls, Iowa. It was Ellsworth’s final game of the season. Fezzia finishes the year with two interceptions, 15 total tackles, 12 of which were solo. He also finished with 311 kick return yards.

Gabriel Gridley (ASA College Fr., Cartersville) — Gridley punted twice for 72 total yards for ASA College in a 28-23 win over Mesa College in the Valley of the Sun Bowl, good for a 36-yards-per-punt average. Both punts were downed inside the 20. It was ASA College’s last game of the year, and Gridley finishes with a 39.2 yards-per-punt average on 39 punts. Eight of those were inside the 20.

Lucas Johnson (Georgia State Jr., Cass) — Johnson saw time at left tackle in a 24-10 Georgia State loss to Idaho, and will likely play in the bowl game against Western Kentucky in the Cure Bowl in Orlando on Dec.16.

Rodney Mitchell (Coastal Carolina Sr., Cartersville) — Mitchell saw time on the Coastal Carolina offensive line in his final game in a Chanticleer uniform, a 28-17 win over Georgia Southern.

Torrian Scrutchins (Ellsworth Community College Fr., Cartersville) — Both of Scrutchins’ tackles were sacks for a total of 18 yards for loss in Ellsworth’s 55-14 win over Northland Community & Technical College Saturday. Scrutchins finishes the year with 16 total tackles and three sacks.

Shelby Townsend, Jr. (Georgia Southern Jr., Woodland) — Townsend saw action on the Georgia Southern defensive line in a 28-17 loss to Coastal Carolina Saturday.

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