Several local football players helped lead their college programs to victory over the weekend, including a few at FBS schools.
Quarterbacks Marcus Childers and Trevor Lawrence guided Northern Illinois and Clemson, respectively, to conference victories; Avery Showell picked up a few tackles in Georgia Tech's much-needed win; and Emmanuel Jones harassed the opposing signal-caller in Colorado State's triumph.
Some of Bartow County's best also contributed at other levels.
At the FCS level, Sean Holton put forth a solid effort for Davidson. Punter Gabriel Gridley kept up his excellent start to the season for Division II Angelo State. Xavior Coaxum continued to pile up tackles for Division III LaGrange College. Antoine Jefferson made plays all day in NAIA Lindsey Wilson's rout.
Vic Beasley Jr. (Atlanta Falcons; Adairsville) — Beasley started the game and recorded two QB hits in Atlanta's 41-17 road loss at Pittsburgh.
Quadre Allen (Tusculum Sr., Woodland) — Allen made a pair of tackles on kickoff coverage as the Pioneers defeated Mars Hill Saturday afternoon 31-28. Tusculum (3-2, 2-1 South Atlantic Conference) hosts Newberry for its annual homecoming game next Saturday afternoon.
DeAndre Applin (Georgia State Sr., Adairsville) — Applin had a tackle on a screen pass play in the first quarter last Thursday at Troy, but the play was wiped out due to offsetting penalties. Troy went on the win 37-20 and stay unbeaten in the Sun Belt Conference. Georgia State (2-4, 1-1) has a bye week before traveling to Arkansas State for a Thursday night game on Oct. 18.
Terry Berdin (Reinhardt Fr., Cartersville) — Berdin returned a third quarter kickoff 69 yards and added a fourth quarter carry for 12 yards as the Eagles beat visiting Point University 28-10 Saturday night. NAIA sixth-ranked Reinhardt (5-1, 2-0) travels to Bluefield College (Virginia) for another Mid-South Conference game this Saturday night.
Chris Blackston (West Georgia Jr., Adairsville) — The Wolves’ starter at free safety, Blackston had two tackles and broke up one pass in West Georgia’s 31-7 victory over visiting North Greenville University Saturday. NCAA D-II fifth-ranked West Georgia (6-0, 3-0) continues Gulf South Conference play this Saturday night at 11th-ranked University of West Florida in Pensacola.
Trevor Carlton (Reinhardt Sr., Cartersville) — Carlton had six tackles (five solo), including one for a 3-yard loss, in the sixth-ranked Eagles’ 28-10 win over Point on Saturday.
Marcus Childers (Northern Illinois R-So., Adairsville) — Childers was 18-for-29 passing for 143 yards and one touchdown as the Huskies won at Ball State, 24-16, Saturday in a Mid-America Conference game. Childers did throw one interception, but he also rushed for five yards on nine attempts. His touchdown pass was a 13-yarder in the first quarter to D.J. Brown to cap an 80-yard drive. Through six games this season, Childers has a 102.2 QB rating on 101-for-181 passing. He has thrown for 804 yards and eight touchdowns (134 ypg). He has also rushed for 73 yards and one score (12.2 ypg). NIU (3-3, 3-0) hosts Ohio University this Saturday afternoon for the Huskies’ 112th homecoming game.
Xavior Coaxum (LaGrange College So., Cartersville) — Coaxum had six tackles (four solo), including one for loss, in the Panthers’ 38-14 home loss Saturday afternoon to Averett. Although he missed one game, Coaxum is second on the team in tackles this season with 18 and has one interception. LaGrange (1-4, 0-2 Conference USA-South) travels to Greensboro College next Saturday afternoon for another conference tilt.
Miller Forristall (Alabama R-So., Cartersville) — Forristall saw playing time in top-ranked Alabama’s 65-31 victory at Arkansas. The Crimson Tide (6-0, 3-0 SEC) host Missouri next Saturday night in Tuscaloosa.
Rico Frye (Bowling Green Fr., Cartersville) — Frye had three third quarter carries Saturday for 24 yards during an 84-yard scoring drive. The touchdown drive narrowed Toledo’s lead to 31-28 at the time, but the Falcons eventually lost 52-36. Bowling Green (1-5, 0-2 MAC) entertains Western Michigan this Saturday afternoon for homecoming.
Gordon Gray (Kennesaw State Sr., Cartersville) — Gray saw action Saturday in the third-ranked Owls’ 56-0 blanking of visiting Presbyterian College. KSU (5-1, 4-0 Big South Conference) plays at Gardner-Webb this Saturday afternoon.
Gabriel Gridley (Angelo State Jr., Cartersville) — Gridley punted six times Saturday with a long punt of 44 yards and a 36.5-yard average as the Rams shut out Western New Mexico University, 52-0. Four of Gridley’s punts were downed inside the 20-yard line. ASU (3-3, 2-2 Lone Star Athletic Conference) hosts West Texas A&M for homecoming next Saturday afternoon.
Sean Holton (Davidson So., Cartersville) — Holton made four tackles (three solo) in the Wildcats’ 44-37 home win Saturday over Jacksonville University. Davidson built a 44-9 lead through three quarters and held on for the seven-point win. Holton now has 14 tackles through the first six games. Now 5-1 overall and 2-1 in Pioneer League play, the Wildcats host Morehead State this Saturday afternoon in another PFL game.
Antoine Jefferson (Lindsey Wilson So., Cartersville) — Jefferson recovered a second quarter fumble, blocked a third quarter punt and returned a punt 55 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter Saturday as the Blue Raiders pummeled Cincinnati Christian University, 73-0. Lindsey Wilson (4-1, 1-0 Mid-South Conference) plays at 15th-ranked Georgetown College (Kentucky) this Saturday afternoon.
Lucas Johnson (Georgia State Sr., Cass) — A starter at right tackle, Johnson and the Panthers rushed for 116 yards and passed for 272 in a 37-20 loss last Thursday at Troy University.
Emmanuel Jones (Colorado State So., Woodland) — Jones had four tackles, including one for a 5-yard loss. He also hurried the quarterback three times in the Rams’ 42-30 Mountain West Conference win at San Jose State. Jones has 23 tackles this season through six games. He has a sack and five tackles for loss, an interception and five quarterback hurries. CSU (2-4, 1-1 MWC) hosts New Mexico for homecoming next Saturday afternoon.
Bradley Kirk (Shorter Fr., Cartersville) — Kirk had a fourth quarter tackle for no gain on a pass play in the Hawks’ 48-17 home loss to 23rd-ranked West Alabama this past Saturday. Shorter (0-6, 0-4 Gulf South Conference) travels to North Greenville this Saturday.
Trevor Lawrence (Clemson Fr., Cartersville) — Lawrence completed 18 of his 21 pass attempts in the first half alone, connecting with nine different receivers to amass 173 yards and two touchdowns in the first 30 minutes. Lawrence finished 20-for-25 for 175 yards and two touchdowns — one to Justyn Ross (55 yards) and the other to Tee Higgins (20 yards) — as the Tigers won at Wake Forest, 63-3. Clemson (6-0, 3-0 ACC) hosts N.C. State this Saturday for homecoming.
Nyvin Nelson (Chattanooga Fr., Cartersville) — Nelson saw action in the Mocs’ 21-10 home loss to FCS sixth-ranked Wofford Saturday. Chattanooga (4-2, 2-2 SoCon) plays at Western Carolina this Saturday afternoon.
Jacob Potter (Kennesaw State Fr., Adairsville) — Potter saw action in the FCS third-ranked Owls’ 56-0 blowout win Saturday over visiting Presbyterian. Potter snapped for two extra points and one punt as KSU moved to 5-1 overall and 1-0 in Big South Conference action.
Garrett Shelton (Alabama State Fr., Cartersville) — Shelton saw action as the Hornets won in overtime at Alcorn State, 28-25. ASU (2-3, 1-1 SWAC) travel to Mobile for a nonconference game at South Alabama this Saturday afternoon.
Avery Showell (Georgia Tech Fr., Cartersville) — Showell had three second half tackles in the Yellow Jackets’ 66-31 victory last Friday at Louisville. Georgia Tech (3-3, 1-2 ACC) hosts Duke this Saturday afternoon.
Hiram Velez (West Florida R-Sr., Adairsville) — Velez saw action for the 11th-ranked Argonauts in their 24-19 win Saturday at North Alabama. UWF (5-1, 3-0 Gulf South Conference) hosts fifth-ranked West Georgia this Saturday night.
Brandon Wade (Ellsworth CC So., Cartersville) — Wade recorded three tackles Saturday in the Panthers’ 33-10 home loss to Iowa Western CC. Wade has nine tackles, including three for loss, and has played in five of the Panthers’ six games. Ellsworth (1-5, 0-1 Iowa Community College Athletic Conference) hosts Fort Scott CC for homecoming this Saturday afternoon.
Lindsey Bonner (York College So., Cartersville) — Bonner shot 88-91 this past weekend to place 26th individually, but her Spartans team won the 12-team, 50-player Green Turtle Invitational at Shenandoah Valley Golf Club in Front Royal, Virginia. York shot 315-307—622 to win by nine shots over Stevenson (Maryland). The Spartans play this Saturday and Sunday in The Revolutionary Collegiate Golf Classic at Patriots Glen National Golf Club in Elkton, Maryland.
Emily Collum (Georgia Southwestern Fr., Adairsville) — Collum played 75 minutes and took one shot in the Hurricanes’ 5-0 Peach Belt Conference loss Saturday at Young Harris College. GSW also lost a midweek nonconference game to Shaw University last Wednesday, 4-0. Now with a 2-9 record overall and 0-5 in conference, Georgia Southwestern has conferences games this week at Flagler College Wednesday and at home against UNC-Pembroke Saturday night.
Katelynn Harbeke (Life Sr., Cass) — Harbeke started for the Runnin’ Eagles in a pair of 2-0 losses this past week. Life lost to NAIA eighth-ranked Cumberland University (Tennessee) Monday and to 16th-ranked Georgia Gwinnett Wednesday night. Harbeke took one shot in the loss at Cumberland. She played 59 minutes at Cumberland and 28 against Georgia Gwinnett. Sunday, she started and played 37 minutes in a 3-2 loss to Georgetown (Kentucky). In 11 games (10 starts) this season, Harbeke has a goal and three assists. She has taken 17 shots (5 on goal). Life (4-7, 0-2 Mid-South Conference) plays at conference-foe Campbellsville University (Kentucky ) this Saturday night.
Katie Lawhorn (Life So., Adairsville) — Lawhorn played six minutes last Wednesday in a 2-0 home loss to 16th-ranked Georgia Gwinnett. Life also had losses to eighth-ranked Cumberland University and Georgetown (Kentucky) during the week.
— Charles Wilson of Bartow Sports Zone contributed to this report.