College roundup

Fall, winter crossover begins at collegiate level


Fall and winter sports collided this past week. The overlap won't last long for some sports. Several fall athletes saw their seasons come to a close over the past few days.

However, the crossover period between basketball and football is just beginning. Most schools have started or will begin their hoops schedule shortly. Football will likely stretch through the end of the month for many programs.

Basketball, wrestling and the other winter sports are just getting started, though.


Mark Chester (Georgia Northwestern Tech Fr., Cass) — Chester scored two points in the Bobcats’ 99-51 loss at Southern Crescent Tech in Griffin. Next for Georgia Northwestern is a road contest at Covenant College JV Nov. 13.

Whitney Harris  (Toccoa Falls College Fr., Woodland) — In three games last week, Harris averaged 11 points, four rebounds, two assists and one steal in 30 minutes per game. The Screaming Eagles lost to Truett-McConnell University 55-33 and Milligan College 82-51, but they defeated Trinity College 69-68. TFC (1-2) hosts Brevard College Thursday and Johnson & Wales University Friday.

Carter Hedden (Hocking CC Fr., Cass) — Hedden saw action in the Hawks’ 80-44 home win last Thursday over Cincinnati Christian JV. Hocking lost a pair of games over the weekend at Potomac State of WVU, falling to Potomac State CC and Garrett CC. Stats weren't available.

Kimora McClinic (Middle Georgia State So., Cartersville) — McClinic saw action in both games for the Knights last Thursday and Friday. She played 14 minutes and scored four points with three rebounds. MGSU beat Regent University 79-41 but lost to Warner 66-58. The Lady Knights (1-1) host Thomas University Monday night, play at Kennesaw State Wednesday, and travel to Voorhees (South Carolina) Friday.

Jonathan Pritchett (Vermont Tech CC So., Woodland) — Pritchett scored 13 points with eight rebounds and 13 assists in the Knights’ two wins over the weekend. Vermont Tech beat Maine-Augusta 88-73 and Central Maine CC 93-91 as Pritchett averaged 35 minutes. VTCC (2-0) hosts Northern Vermont-Johnson Thursday and travels to Northern Vermont-Lyndon Friday.

Darius Thrower (Truett-McConnell Jr., Excel) — Thrower played 22 minutes off the bench and scored 14 points with two rebounds and one assist in a 96-76 win last Tuesday at Toccoa Falls College. The Bears (2-0) play at Union College (Kentucky) Wednesday and host Columbia International University Saturday.

Hakeem Winters (Point Sr., Cartersville) — Winters averaged 3.7 points with five rebounds, three blocks, three steals and four assists in three of the Skyhawks’ first four games. Point (0-4) lost at Thomas University and fell to Voorhees College at home before dropping two games over the weekend at the Faulkner University Classic to Faulkner and Campbellsville. Point plays at Bryan College (Tennessee) Wednesday and hosts Bluefield College (Virginia) this Saturday.


Vic Beasley (Atlanta Falcons; Adairsville) — Beasley did not scratch the stat line Sunday in the Falcons' road win at Washington, but he was a pressure factor on multiple plays. He also drew a holding penalty due to his pass rush. Ian Rapoport of reported this weekend that, prior to last Tuesday’s trade deadline, the Falcons received trade offers for the Adairsville native. Atlanta decided, however, to not pull the trigger on any deal. Beasley has only one sack this season and just three quarterback hits. He had his fifth-year option for next season picked up by the Falcons and is set to make $12.8 million in 2019.


Quadre Allen (Tusculum Sr., Woodland) — Allen made a first quarter tackle on punt team coverage in the Pioneers’ 20-11 non-conference loss Saturday at VMI. Tusculum (5-4, 4-2 South Atlantic Conference) plays at Wingate this Saturday afternoon.

DeAndre Applin (Georgia State Sr., Adairsville) — Applin had three tackles (two solo) in the Panthers’ 40-31 loss to Texas State Saturday in Atlanta. GSU (2-7, 1-4 Sun Belt Conference) plays at Louisiana-Lafayette this Saturday.

Terry Berdin (Reinhardt Fr., Cartersville) — Berdin had two carries for 23 yards and one kick return for 12 yards as the NAIA fourth-ranked Eagles won at St. Andrews (North Carolina) 54-30. Reinhardt (8-1, 5-0 Mid-South Conference, Appalachian Division) plays Saturday night at Union College (Kentucky).

Chris Blackston (West Georgia Jr., Adairsville) — The Wolves’ starter at free safety, Blackston had three tackles in a 29-17 win over Gulf South Conference foe Delta State Saturday in Carrollton. NCAA D-II third-ranked UWG (10-0, 7-0) plays at 7th-ranked Valdosta State Saturday night in a battle of unbeatens. 

Bryce Burgess (Reinhardt Fr., Adairsville) — Burgess returned the second half kickoff 28 yards into the plus-territory 46-yard line in the NAIA fourth-ranked Eagles 54-30 win at St. Andrews.

Trevor Carlton (Reinhardt Sr., Cartersville) — Carlton had four tackles, including 1.5 for a loss, and a sack as the fourth-ranked Eagles topped St. Andrews on the road, 54-30.

Marcus Childers (Northern Illinois R-So., Adairsville) — Childers was 21-for-28 passing for 188 yards and one touchdown in the Huskies’ 36-26 Mid-American Conference win last Thursday at Akron. Childers also finished with 9 net yards rushing on 13 attempts. NIU (6-3, 5-0 MAC) has now won five straight games and hosts Toledo Wednesday night. 

Xavior Coaxum (LaGrange College So., Cartersville) — Coaxum had four tackles Saturday in the Panthers’ 48-38 home win over Methodist University. LaGrange (3-6, 2-4 USA South Athletic Conference) travels to Montgomery Saturday afternoon to face Huntingdon College.

Jonathan Cruz (Charlotte Fr., Cartersville) — Cruz made a 20-yard field goal late in the first half in the 49ers’ 14-3 nonconference loss Saturday night at Tennessee. He also had two kickoffs for a 59-yard average with one kick going out of bounds. Charlotte (4-5, 3-2 Conference USA) returns to conference action Saturday afternoon at Marshall.

Dalen Curtis (Brevard College So., Cartersville) — Curtis started at fullback for the Tornados but did not have any touches in a 25-6 loss at Averett (Virginia). Brevard (2-6, 2-4 USA-South Athletic Conference) hosts Greensboro College this Saturday afternoon.

Jordan Ferguson (Middle Tennessee State So., Cartersville) — Ferguson saw action in the Blue Raiders’ 29-10 home victory Friday night over Western Kentucky. MTSU (6-3, 5-1 Conference USA) travels to Texas-El Paso this Saturday.

Miller Forristall (Alabama R-So., Cartersville) — Forristall saw playing time Saturday night in the Crimson Tide’s 29-0 win over LSU in Baton Rouge. Top-ranked Alabama (9-0, 6-0 SEC) clinched the SEC West Division title with the win and will host Mississippi State this Saturday afternoon. 

Rico Frye (Bowling Green Fr., Cartersville) — Frye carried 17 times last Tuesday for 36 yards in the Falcons’ 35-28 home loss to Kent State. He also caught four passes for 8 yards. Bowling Green (1-8, 0-5 Mid-American Conference) plays at Central Michigan this Saturday afternoon.

Cameron Gonyea (Saint Anselm College Fr., Cass) — Gonyea made a pair of tackles in the Hawks’ 49-21 loss at New Haven College this past Saturday. Saint Anselm (1-7, 1-7 Northeastern 10 Conference) hosts Pace University this Saturday to close out the 2018 season.

Gordon Gray (Kennesaw State Sr., Cartersville) — Gray got the start this past Saturday in the FCS second-ranked Owls’ 49-0 blanking of Campbell. KSU (8-1, 4-0 Big South Conference) travels to New Jersey this Saturday afternoon to face Monmouth with the winner securing the conference championship and automatic bid into the FCS playoffs.

Gabriel Gridley (Angelo State So., Cartersville) — Gridley punted twice Saturday for only a 25.5-yard average, but he had one punt downed inside the 20-yard line as the Rams defeated visiting Eastern New Mexico 34-17. ASU (6-4, 4-3 Lone Star Conference) has won three in a row and travels to Texas A&M-Commerce this Saturday.

Antoine Jefferson (Lindsey Wilson So., Cartersville) — Jefferson had one punt return for 8 yards and had a fourth quarter pass attempt that fell incomplete in the NAIA 17th-ranked Blue Raiders’ 21-4 win at Campbellsville University (Kentucky) Saturday afternoon. LWC (6-3, 3-2 Mid-South Conference Bluegrass Division) hosts Kentucky Christian this Saturday.

Brady Jernigan (Maryville College Jr., Woodland) — Jernigan had two tackles Saturday in the Scots’ 42-7 win at Greensboro College. Maryville (6-2, 6-0 USA South Athletic Conference) entertains North Carolina Wesleyan this Saturday afternoon.

Lucas Johnson (Georgia State Sr., Cass) — Johnson started at tight end Saturday for the Panthers in a 40-31 home loss to Texas State. GSU (2-7, 1-4 Sun Belt Conference) travels to Louisiana-Lafayette this Saturday evening.

Bradley Kirk (Shorter Fr., Cartersville) — Kirk had two tackles Saturday at North Alabama in the Hawks’ 41-14 loss. Shorter (0-10, 0-7 Gulf South Conference) wraps up the 2018 season this Saturday afternoon at Barron Stadium in Rome against Florida Tech.

Trevor Lawrence (Clemson Fr., Cartersville) — Lawrence was 8-for-12 passing for 59 yards and two touchdowns Saturday as the second-ranked Tigers pummeled Louisville, 77-16. Lawrence tossed an 11-yard touchdown to Tee Higgins and a 3-yard scoring pass to Amari Rodgers in his abbreviated start. He also ran three times for 11 yards. Clemson (9-0, 6-0 ACC) plays at Boston College this Saturday night.

Dorian Pitt (Southwestern Oklahoma State Jr., Adairsville) — Pitt saw action in the Bulldogs’ 35-23 loss at Southern Nazarene (Oklahoma). SWOSU (3-7, 3-7 Great American Conference) hosts Northwestern Oklahoma State this Saturday night.

Mark Quattlebaum (Charlotte Sr., Cartersville) — Quattlebaum had one reception for 18 yards and had two punt returns for 10 yards in the 49ers’ 14-3 loss at Tennessee Saturday. Charlotte (4-5, 3-2 C-USA) plays at Marshall this Saturday afternoon.

Seven Richards (Jacksonville Fr., Cass) — Richards started at left guard Saturday for the Dolphins in a 48-44 Pioneer Football League win over visiting Butler. The JU offense rolled up 505 total yards including 448 rushing yards. The Dolphins (2-6, 1-5 PFL) play at Valparaiso this Saturday afternoon.

Macland Shay (New Mexico Highlands Fr., Cass) — Shay had one tackle on kickoff coverage in the Cowboys’ 20-16 home victory over Western State Colorado University Saturday. NMHU (4-6, 4-5 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) hosts Colorado Mesa University this Saturday.

Garrett Shelton (Alabama State Fr., Cartersville) — Shelton saw action in the Hornets’ 30-21 win Saturday over Texas Southern in Montgomery. ASU (3-5, 2-2 SWAC) entertains Jackson State this Saturday afternoon.

Hiram Velez (West Florida Sr., Adairsville) — Velez saw playing time in the Argonauts’ 48-21 home loss Saturday to seventh-ranked Valdosta State. UWF (6-4, 4-3 Gulf South Conference) travels to West Alabama this Saturday afternoon.

Brandon Wade (Ellsworth CC So., Cartersville) — Wade recorded five tackles (three solo) in a 28-7 home loss to Coffeyville CC on Saturday. Ellsworth (1-9) closes out the season with a road trip to Kansas to face Independence CC.

Jake Walker (Furman So., Cartersville resident) — The Paladins’ starter at tight end, Walker caught one pass for 11 yards and a first down Saturday in the first quarter. He was also targeted two more times in Furman’s 16-10 home win over Chattanooga. Furman (4-4, 4-2 Southern Conference) plays at VMI this Saturday afternoon in another SoCon matchup.


Jaison Morning (Valdosta State Sr., Cass) — Morning placed 29th of 99 runners last Saturday at the Gulf South Conference Championships hosted by Mississippi College. Morning completed the 8K course in Jackson in 26:25 to lead the Blazers. VSU placed eighth of 11 teams. The GSC title was won by Lee University. 


Katelynn Harbeke (Life Sr., Cass) — Harbeke played 42 minutes and took one shot in Life’s 6-1 conference quarterfinal loss at Campbellsville (Kentucky). Life finished the year with a 6-12 record.

Katie Lawhorn (Life So., Adairsville) — Lawhorn saw 17 minutes of playing time in the Runnin’ Eagles’ 6-1 loss last Thursday at Campbellsville (Kentucky) in the quarterfinals of the Mid-South Conference Tournament.

Marissa Mowry (Anderson Fr., Cartersville) — Mowry played six minutes last Wednesday in the Trojans’ 1-0 home loss to Catawba College in the South Atlantic Conference Tournament quarterfinals. Anderson finished the season with a 7-8-1 record.


Peyton Gollhofer (Ball State Sr., Cartersville native) — Gollhofer defeated her opponent from Indiana University, Somer Henry, 3-6, 6-0, 6-3 and paired with Victoria Sec to win matches against their Cleveland State and Indiana opponents this past weekend as Ball State closed out the fall portion of their 2018-19 schedule at the Bronco Invitational hosted by Western Michigan.


Jake Huffine (Chattanooga Sr., Woodland) — Huffine went 3-2 Sunday at the Virginia Tech Hokie Open in Blacksburg, Virginia. Huffine defeated Patrick Washington of Appalachian State, his UTC teammate Colton Landers and Austin Warner of Campbell University. His losses came to Garrett Pepple of Indiana and Zach Sherman of North Carolina. The Mocs will host North Carolina next Sunday afternoon.

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