College Roundup

Fall sports ramp up as basketball gets underway

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Another week another three touchdown passes thrown by Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence. Saturday's trio of passing scores against Wofford marked the fourth straight game that the Cartersville High graduate has had exactly that many TD throws.

Lawrence also added a rushing touchdown — his sixth of the year — in a comprehensive win over Clemson's FCS foe. While Lawrence certainly shined in the victory, his performance over the coming weeks will be even more important as the Tigers look to return to the College Football Playoff.

Elsewhere, the seasons are nearing conference tournament time in other fall sports like soccer and volleyball. Meanwhile, basketball has already tipped off at several smaller schools with the Division-I teams set to open play this week.


BASKETBALL

Jacquez Fountain (Albany Tech Fr., Cass) — Fountain scored 27 points and had five rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block in a start and 32 minutes during an 83-76 home win over Georgia Gwinnett College Saturday. Fountain also started, scored six points and grabbed six rebounds with a block in 23 minutes during Friday’s 73-50 home victory over American Basketball Institute. The Titans (2-0) host Florida Gateway College Thursday night and the Brewton-Parker JV Saturday afternoon.

Whitney Harris (Toccoa Falls So., Woodland) — Harris scored nine points on 3-of-6 shooting from behind the arc and had one rebound and one steal in a 64-60 win Friday night at Johnson University (Tennessee). She also totaled six points, five rebounds, three assists and four steals as the Screaming Eagles went 1-2 in games Oct. 23-29. TFC (2-2) beat Judson College (Alabama) but lost to Florida National and Truett McConnell. They host Brewton-Parker Tuesday night, Brenau College Friday night and Covenant College Saturday night.

Carter Hedden (Hocking So., Cass) — Hedden scored one point in a 108-92 win Friday night over Ohio Christian's JV team. The Hawks (1-0) played at Rio Grande JV Monday, host Cincinnati Clermont Wednesday, travel to Pennsylvania Highlands Friday and head to Westmoreland CC Saturday.

Kimora McClinic (Middle Georgia State Jr., Cartersville) — McClinic started against LaGrange College and saw action against Brenau in home wins last Monday and Wednesday. She totaled four points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals. MGSU (3-0) hosts Voorhees Tuesday night.

Coriana McDaniel (Andrew Fr., Adairsville) — McDaniel made the only shot she attempted Saturday — a 3-pointer — in the Tigers’ 57-50 home loss to Snead State. Andrew (0-1) played at Gadsden State Monday night, hosts Central Georgia Tech Wednesday and entertains Lurleen Wallace Saturday.

Darius Thrower (Truett McConnell Sr., Excel Christian) — Thrower played 26 minutes off the bench, scored eight points and grabbed one rebound as the Bears beat Toccoa Falls College last Tuesday, 71-68. TMU (1-0) hosts St. Andrews (North Carolina) Thursday, travels to USC-Upstate for an exhibition Friday night and entertains Pensacola Christian College for homecoming Saturday afternoon.


FOOTBALL

Chris Blackston (West Georgia Sr., Adairsville) — Blackston made six tackles and broke up one pass as the Wolves defeated visiting Mississippi College Saturday in Carrollton, 35-21. UWG (6-3, 4-2) travels Saturday  to Cleveland, Mississippi, to take on Delta State in another Gulf South Conference contest.

Marcus Childers (Northern Illinois R-Jr., Adairsville) — Childers started the game but shared time beginning in the first quarter as the Huskies fell behind 14-0 early in a 48-10 loss at Central Michigan. Childers returned in the fourth quarter and finished the contest 1-for-2 passing for 8 yards. He had 19 yards rushing on seven attempts. NIU (3-6, 2-3 Mid American Conference) has a bye week before traveling to Toledo for a Nov. 13 night game on ESPN2.

Jonathan Cruz (Charlotte So., Cartersville) — Cruz made a pair of field goals from 38 and 49 yards, was 4-for-4 on PATs and booted 5-of-6 kickoffs for touchbacks, as the 49ers beat visiting Middle Tennessee, 34-20 Saturday. Cruz did miss on a 48-yard attempt in the second quarter, his first miss of the season. He has made 5 of 6 field-goal attempts this season with a long kick of 53 yards. His 41 kickoffs have averaged 57.7 yards with 21 touchbacks. Charlotte (4-5, 2-3 C-USA) travels Saturday to El Paso to face the UTEP Miners.

Dalen Curtis (Brevard College Jr., Cartersville) — Curtis saw action in the Tornadoes' 21-3 win Saturday at LaGrange College. Brevard (5-2, 3-2) hosts the Cougars of Averett Saturday night in another USA South Athletic Conference game.

Kurtis Feanny (Lenoir-Rhyne So., Woodland) — The Bears’ starter at left guard contributed to an offense that totaled 369 yards, including 200 yards rushing, in a 20-13 home victory over 12th-ranked Wingate. Seventh-ranked LRU (9-0, 7-0 South Atlantic Conference) entertains UNC-Pembroke Saturday in Hickory, North Carolina.

Hunter Hardin (Point Jr., Woodland) — A starter at center Saturday, Hardin was part of an offense that produced 429 total yards in a 27-12 win at Kentucky Christian. Point (4-5, 2-1 Mid-South Conference) hosts St. Andrews (North Carolina) Saturday for homecoming.

Sean Holton (Davidson Jr., Cartersville) — Holton made three tackles, including one for a 3-yard loss, and also recovered a fumble Saturday in the Wildcats’ 27-21 Pioneer Football League home win over Valparaiso. Davidson (6-3, 3-2) travels  Saturday to Indianapolis to play at Butler.

Brady Jernigan (Maryville Sr., Woodland) — Jernigan made one tackle in the Scots’ 31-13 loss Saturday at Averett. Maryville (2-6, 2-3 USA-South Athletic Conference) hosts Greensboro College Saturday afternoon for Senior Recognition Day.

JaCorey Johns (Wake Forest R-Fr., Cartersville) — Johns contributed one tackle Saturday as the 22nd-ranked Demon Deacons beat visiting N.C. State, 44-10. Wake Forest (7-1, 3-1 ACC) plays Saturday afternoon at Virginia Tech.

Emmanuel Jones (Colorado State Jr., Woodland) — Jones had six tackles and a quarterback hurry Saturday afternoon, as the Rams beat visiting UNLV, 37-17. Through nine games this season, Jones has 35 tackles, including 1.5 for loss, one sack, five hurries and a forced fumble. CSU (4-5, 3-2 Mountain West) will look to continue a three-game win streak Nov. 16, when the Rams host Air Force.

Bradley Kirk (Shorter So., Cartersville) — Kirk made three tackles in the Hawks’ 38-6 Gulf South Conference loss Saturday to Delta State. Shorter (0-9, 0-7) steps out of conference this Saturday afternoon to host Allen University.

Trevor Lawrence (Clemson So., Cartersville) — Lawrence threw for three touchdowns and 218 yards in the Tigers’ 59-14 win over Wofford Saturday. Lawrence completed 12-of-16 passes, while rushing for 33 yards and an additional touchdown on four attempts in the win. His 218 passing yards Saturday put him over 2,000 for the season with 20 touchdowns and eight interceptions. His 82.4 total QBR ranks him eighth in the nation. No. 4-ranked Clemson (9-0, 6-0 ACC) travels Saturday night to Raleigh to take on the North Carolina State Wolfpack.

Dorian Pitt (Southwestern Oklahoma State Sr., Adairsville) — Pitt saw action for the Bulldogs Saturday in a 28-7 home win over Southern Nazarene. SWOSU (3-6, 3-6 Great American Conference) travels  Saturday to Oklahoma Baptist for another GAC matchup.

Jacob Potter (Kennesaw State So., Adairsville) — Potter made five punt snaps and three PAT snaps in the FCS fourth-ranked Owls’ upset loss Saturday at home to Monmouth, 45-21. KSU (7-2, 2-1 Big South Conference) makes the trip to Campbell Saturday afternoon in another key conference game.

Nick Root (Carson-Newman R-Fr., Cartersville) — Root saw action in the Eagles’ 48-21 win Saturday afternoon at Mars Hill as the CNU offense rolled up 388 rushing yards and 437 total yards. Carson-Newman receiving votes but just outside the NCAA DII top 25 improved to 6-2 overall and 4-2 in the South Atlantic Conference. The Eagles play at Limestone Saturday evening.

John Scifers (West Georgia R-Jr., Woodland) — Scifers kicked off three times for a 50-yard average and one touchback Saturday as the Wolves beat visiting Mississippi College.

Avery Showell (Georgia Tech R-So., Cartersville) — Showell saw action on the kickoff return team Saturday in the Yellow Jackets’ 20-10 homecoming loss to Pittsburgh. Georgia Tech (2-6, 1-4 ACC) plays Saturday afternoon at Virginia. 

Jake Walker (Furman Jr., Cartersville resident) — Walker participated in the 13th-ranked Paladins’ 35-20 Southern Conference win Saturday at Chattanooga. Furman (6-3, 5-1) hosts conference foe VMI Saturday afternoon in Greenville.

SOCCER

Emily Collum (Georgia Southwestern State So., Adairsville) — Collum started and played all 110 minutes of a 0-0 draw Saturday with USC-Aiken. The Hurricanes (3-11-2, 0-8-1 Peach Belt Conference) host Columbus State Wednesday and travel to Lander Saturday.

Havyn Isaac (Georgia Military Fr., Adairsville) — Isaac saw brief action Friday in the Bulldogs’ 3-1 win at South Georgia State. GMC (9-7-1, 7-4-1 Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association) plays in the NJCAA Southeast district semifinals Thursday evening against undefeated Eastern Florida State (12-0-0) at Gordon State. The district championship is Friday afternoon in Barnesville.

Kurt Moore (Birmingham Southern Sr., Euharlee resident) — Moore made 11 saves in Saturday’s 8-2 Southern Athletic Association tournament quarterfinal loss at Centre College (Kentucky). The Panthers’ season ends with a 6-9-1 record. Moore started 13 games and made 89 saves with a 3.10 goals against average and a .636 saves percentage.

Marissa Mowry (Anderson So., Cartersville) — Mowry played 76 minutes as a starter in the Trojans’ 1-0 home loss to conference foe Catawba Saturday. Mowry has started all 14 games this season and has taken two shots. Anderson (7-7, 4-5 South Atlantic Conference) closes out the regular season Wednesday at Queens (North Carolina). 

Payton Putzer (Young Harris Jr., Cartersville) — Putzer entered off the Mountain Lions’ bench, played 31 minutes and took one shot on goal Wednesday in a 2-0 home loss to North Georgia. She also started Saturday and played 46 minutes in a 3-1 loss at Clayton State. YHC (6-9, 5-5 Peach Belt Conference) closes out the regular season Friday afternoon at home against UNC-Pembroke.

Logan Vermaas (North Georgia Fr., Cass) — Vermaas played the final three minutes Saturday as the Nighthawks defeated visiting Albany State 3-1 in Dahlonega. Eighteenth-ranked UNG (13-2-1, 9-1-1 Peach Belt Conference) finishes the regular season Tuesday with a nonconference match at Emmanuel College and will host the first round of the conference tournament Nov. 12.


SWIMMING

Rylee Moss (Old Dominion Fr., Adairsville) — In the Monarchs’ 177-117 home win over Davidson Saturday, Moss won the 200-yard butterfly (2:07.91), was a member of the winning 200-yard medley relay team (1:47.47), placed fourth in the 50-yard freestyle (59.74), and finished sixth in the 200-yard individual medley (2:15.19). ODU competes next at the West Virginia Invitational Nov. 21-23 in Morgantown.


VOLLEYBALL 

Nedu Evans (Augusta Fr., Cartersville) — Evans started all four sets and finished with seven kills, two blocks and one assist in a 3-1 Peach Belt Conference win Saturday over visiting Flagler College. Augusta (20-7, 4-3) has three road conference matches this week — Tuesday at Georgia College, Friday at Francis Marion and Saturday at UNC-Pembroke.

Grace Hunter (Brewton-Parker Fr., Cartersville) — In three losses last week, Hunter had 10 kills vs. Savannah State, three kills and one ace vs. Florida Memorial, and five kills vs. Florida College. The Barons (4-25) have a home match Wednesday night against Fort Valley State before playing at William Carey (Mississippi), Mobile (Alabama) and Loyola (Louisiana) Friday through Sunday.

— Charles Wilson of Bartow Sports Zone contributed to this report.