The last time Adairsville native Vic Beasley Jr. faced the Rams, in the 2016 regular season, he had three sacks, forced a fumble, recovered it and brought it back for a touchdown.
Saturday’s game against the Rams didn’t see Beasley put up the same impressive statistics, but he once again had a strong game, this time in a more important performance in the Wild Card Round of the NFL playoffs.
Beasley had a sack and three tackles. His sack came on a third down when Rams quarterback Jared Goff slipped and Beasley was there to touch him down. It was Beasley’s first-career postseason sack, and it forced a three-and-out.
The win puts Atlanta into the Divisional Round, where Beasley and the Falcons will face off against the Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. on NBC.
Ryan Davis (Francis Marion Jr., Cartersville) — After winning its first eight games, Francis Marion has lost its last three. Two of those games came last week. Davis got his first start of the season on Wednesday and scored nine points in 27 minutes with six rebounds, five assists and a steal against USC Aiken. He then returned to the bench for Saturday’s game against Clayton State and played just nine minutes, scoring two points. For the season, Davis is third on his team in scoring at 13.2 points in 26.5 minutes per game, and also is averaging 5.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.3 steals while shooting 49 percent from the floor.
Kimora McClinic (Middle Georgia State Fr., Cartersville) — McClinic had a rough week shooting from the field, but continues to play major minutes for Middle Georgia as one of the first players off the bench. She had five points, nine rebounds, a steal and an assist across two games last week while playing around 20 minutes each game. Middle Georgia lost both to Mobile and Loyola.
Jana Morning (Berry Fr., Cass) — Morning played 17 and 13 minutes, respectively, in two games last week, scoring a field goal in each. She added two rebounds and an assist against Rhodes on Friday. Both games ended in losses for Berry.
A.J. Mosby (Alcorn State, Sr., Cartersville) — It was the typical consistent, efficient, effective week for Mosby. However, despite three solid games, Alcorn State lost all three. Even worse, the three games were the first three of conference play in the SWAC. Still, Mosby continues to produce. He had one sub-par shooting game on Jan. 1 against Prairie View A&M, scoring just nine points, but added five assists, three rebounds and a steal. He then shot the ball well the next two games against Texas Southern and Jackson State. He went 5-of-9 from the field in each game, scoring 14 points in just 20 minutes in the one and then scoring 16 with three assists and two rebounds in a close loss to Jackson State.
Mosby continues to be the best player for Alcorn State and leads the team in scoring (13.1), rebounds (4.4), assists (3.7) and steals (1.3), while compiling one of the best assist-turnover ratios in Division-I. He also is shooting 51.3 percent from the field, an extremely impressive percentage for a guard who carries the load for his team on offense.
Darius Thrower (Truett-McConnell So., Excel) — Thrower continues to be in Truett-McConnell’s rotation. He played eight minutes on Jan. 2 at Allen, going 2-for-4 from the field with a 3 and five points. Two days later, Thrower registered an assist in seven minutes against Reinhardt.
Corey Tobin (Reinhardt Sr., Cartersville) — As per usual, Tobin took plenty of 3s in a three-game week for Reinhardt, as 25 of his 28 field goal attempts came from beyond the arc. While Tobin scored 25 points across the three games, he also made contributions besides drilling treys. He had seven rebounds, three assists, a steal and a block on Jan. 4 and then had 14 rebounds and six assists two days later. Reinhardt won all three games last week against Tennessee Wesleyan, Truett-McConnell and St. Andrews.
Tobin leads his team in minutes played per game at 30.6, and is third on the team with 12.3 points per game. He also is shooting 39 percent from 3 and 111 of his 129 field goal attempts have come from behind the arc. Tobin also boasts a strong floor game, registering 5.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists and one steal per game.
Carrod Watson (North Georgia So., Woodland) — Watson had perhaps the best game of his college career Saturday against USC Aiken, scoring 12 points in 15 minutes with three rebounds, an assist and a steal. Every basket was needed as North Georgia won by a score of 76-74. Earlier in the week, Watson had two rebounds and an assist in nine minutes of action in a win against Columbus State.
Hakeem Winters (Point Jr., Cartersville) — Winters played three minutes in Point’s only game last week, a home win Saturday over Union College.
Rudy Winters (Columbus State Sr., Excel) — Winters played in one of Columbus State’s two games last week, a 66-60 win at Augusta on Saturday. Winters had 12 points and eight rebounds in 24 minutes off the bench. Winters is averaging just over 11 points and four rebounds in 25 minutes per game for the year.
Evan Cole (Cumberland Sr., Cartersville) — Cumberland went 1-2 at the NWCA National Duals in Lebanon, Tennessee, on Thursday, and so did Cole. He lost his first two matches by fall to wrestlers from Indiana Tech and Baker University, but then bounced back to win a major decision against a Jamestown wrestler at 149 pounds.
Jake Huffine (UT-Chattanooga Jr., Woodland) — Huffine lost two matches at the Southern Scuffle in Chattanooga. The prestigious event saw some elite Division-I wrestling programs attend. Huffine lost a minor decision to a CSU-Bakersfield wrestler and a major decision to a Hofstra wrestler in Day 1 of the two-day event on Jan. 1.
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