The couple of professional athletes from Bartow County plying their respective trades started a brief overlap this past week with both putting together solid performances.
With the MLB season winding down, Cartersville High graduate Sam Howard had a quartet of outings for Colorado, allowing no earned runs across two total innings of work. On the opening weekend of the NFL season, Adairsville product Vic Beasley recorded three tackles (two solo) for Atlanta.
In the collegiate ranks, several locals shined on the gridiron and pitch as several teams opened the year over the past few days.
Sam Howard (Colorado Rockies; Cartersville) — Howard made four appearances, two each at division rivals Los Angeles and San Diego, this past week. He allowed a hit and two unearned runs but had a strikeout in a full inning of work last Monday night against the Dodgers during a 16-9 loss. Wednesday, he retired both batters faced in a 7-3 loss to the first place Dodgers. Saturday, Howard got a groundout to retire his only batter faced in the sixth inning in an eventual 3-0 loss to the Padres, and Sunday, he walked the only batter he faced in the 10th inning in a 2-1 loss to San Diego. Over his last 11 appearances and 10 2/3 innings, he has a 3.38 ERA with 12 strikeouts. The Rockies are 60-84 and in last place in the NL West with 18 games remaining in the season.
Vic Beasley (Atlanta Falcons; Adairsville) — Beasley had a pair of solo tackles and one assisted tackle Sunday in the Falcons’ 28-12 loss at Minnesota. Atlanta (0-1) hosts the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday night.
Terry Berdin (Reinhardt So., Cartersville) — Berdin caught a 35-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter and had an 8-yard rushing carry in the fourth quarter as the Eagles beat Pikeville (Kentucky) 20-17 in overtime Saturday at home. Berdin also returned one kickoff for 16 yards. The NAIA 10th-ranked Eagles (2-0) travel to Campbellsville (Kentucky) Saturday.
Chris Blackston (West Georgia Sr., Adairsville) — Blackston finished with four tackles and one quarterback hurry as the D2 15th-ranked Wolves won 37-9 at Catawba College (North Carolina). UWG (1-0) travels Saturday to Gaffney, South Carolina, to take on Limestone.
Bryce Burgess (Reinhardt So., Adairsville) — Burgess had a pair of 1-yard carries in the Eagles’ 20-17 OT win at home Saturday over Pikeville. One carry was the in the second quarter, while the other came in the fourth.
Kaleb Chatmon (Charleston Southern Fr., Cartersville) — Chatmon caught a pair of passes for a total of 9 yards Saturday in the Buccaneers’ 72-10 loss at South Carolina. The freshman has seen playing time in both games so far this season. CSU (0-2) hosts North Carolina A&T this Saturday night.
Marcus Childers (Northern Illinois R-Jr., Adairsville) — Childers saw his first action of the season Saturday in the Huskies’ 35-17 loss at 13th-ranked Utah. He was inserted about midway through the fourth quarter. He had a 2-yard run to convert a 4th-and-1 and was 1-for-2 passing with a 6-yard completion. NIU (1-1) plays at Nebraska Saturday night.
Jonathan Cruz (Charlotte So., Cartersville) — Cruz missed his first PAT attempt Saturday but made the next three in the 49ers’ 56-41 loss at Appalachian State. Charlotte (1-1) hosts UMass Saturday night.
Kurtis Feanny (Lenoir-Rhyne So., Woodland) — Feanny started at left guard Saturday night for a Bears offense that rolled up 408 yards of total offense, including 256 on the ground, in a 68-7 rout of visiting St. Augustine’s (North Carolina). NCAA D2 eighth-ranked Lenoir-Rhyne travels to Richmond Saturday afternoon to face Virginia Union.
Miller Forristall (Alabama R-Jr., Cartersville) — The Crimson Tide’s starter at tight end was not targeted in a 62-10 win Saturday over New Mexico State. Second-ranked Alabama (2-0) plays Saturday afternoon at South Carolina.
Grant Harris (Victor Valley CC So., Cartersville) — Harris had three tackles, including two for loss, and a sack as the Desert Rams won their season opener at Los Angeles Valley Saturday, 28-0. Victor Valley (1-0) travels to Cucamonga Saturday to play at Chaffey College.
JaCorey Johns (Wake Forest R-Fr., Cartersville) — Johns had four tackles Friday night, including a sack for a 10-yard loss, as the Demon Deacons improved to 2-0 with a 41-21 win at Rice. Wake hosts North Carolina Friday night in Atlantic Coast Conference action.
Bradley Kirk (Shorter So., Cartersville) — The Hawks starter at safety finished with four tackles in Saturday’s 48-10 loss at D1 East Tennessee State. Shorter (0-1) starts Gulf South Conference play at home Saturday afternoon against West Florida.
Trevor Lawrence (Clemson So., Cartersville) — Lawrence tossed a second quarter 30-yard touchdown pass to Justyn Ross and scored on a 1-yard run as the top-ranked Tigers beat visiting Texas A&M 24-10 Saturday afternoon. Lawrence was 24-for-35 for 268 yards and was picked off once. He added four rushing attempts, including a 10-yard run, but finished with negative-11 total rushing yards due to sacks. Clemson (2-0) travels to Syracuse Saturday night.
Jacob Potter (Kennesaw State So., Adairsville) — The long snapper saw action Saturday afternoon in the FCS seventh-ranked Owls’ 26-23 overtime loss at Kent State. KSU (1-1) travels to Alabama State Saturday night.
Nick Root (Carson-Newman Fr., Cartersville) — Root started the season opener for the Eagles at left tackle in a 20-13 win over visiting West Florida last Thursday night. The Carson-Newman offense accumulated 422 total yards, including 334 on the ground. The Eagles (1-0) return to action Sept. 21 at 21st-ranked Wingate.
John Scifers (West Georgia R-Jr., Woodland) — Scifers punted four times for a 34.8-yard average Saturday in a Wolves’ 37-9 win at Catawba College. He had a long punt of 40 yards with one touchback and two punts downed inside the 20. NCAA D2 15th-ranked UWG plays at Limestone Saturday.
Avery Showell (Georgia Tech R-So., Cartersville) — Showell saw playing time in the Yellow Jackets’ 14-10 victory Saturday afternoon over South Florida. Georgia Tech (1-1) hosts The Citadel Saturday.
Jake Walker (Furman Jr., Cartersville resident) — Walker saw action but was not targeted in the Paladins’ 48-42 loss Saturday in Atlanta to Georgia State. FCS 11th-ranked Furman (1-1) plays at Virginia Tech Saturday afternoon.
Baylee Evans (Troy Fr., Woodland) — Evans ran 11th overall and third on her team as the Trojans finished second of three teams at the South Alabama Azalea City Classic in Mobile. Evans covered the 5k course in 21:43.2. Next for Troy is the Mountain Dew Invite this Saturday at the University of Florida.
Nedu Evans (Augusta Fr., Cartersville) — Evans saw action in 11 of 12 sets Friday and Saturday as the Jaguars split four matches. Augusta beat Converse and North Greenville Friday, but it fell to Wingate and host Queens (North Carolina) Saturday. Evans totaled 13 kills, five block assists and seven digs in those four matches. Augusta (2-2) hosts a tournament Friday and Saturday where the Jags will face Albany State, King University (Tennessee) and Emmanuel.
Havyn Isaac (Georgia Military College Fr., Adairsville) — Isaac started in goal Aug. 27 and made three saves in a 3-0 home loss to South Georgia State CC. She also made a second half appearance and had one save last Tuesday in a 6-0 win at Andrew College. The Bulldogs (1-2-1) host Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Friday afternoon.
Kurt Moore (Birmingham Southern Sr., Euharlee resident) — Moore made four saves last Wednesday in a 4-2 loss at Huntingdon College. He stopped both shots on goal last Friday in a 1-0 shutout of Gordon College and played all 110 minutes of an overtime tie at Emory Sunday night, making 11 saves. Birmingham Southern (1-2-1) makes a Texas swing this weekend playing at LeTourneau University Friday night and East Texas Baptist Sunday afternoon.
Marissa Mowry (Anderson So., Cartersville) — Mowry was a starter and played all 90 minutes of a 2-1 home loss Saturday to Emmanuel College. The Trojans (0-1) play at USC-Aiken Wednesday night.
Madison Putzer (Young Harris Jr., Cartersville) — Putzer entered off the bench in the 33rd minute and played 12 minutes of the first half in the Mountain Lions home opener last Thursday. It was an eventual 2-1 loss to West Georgia. Young Harris, who also lost Sunday to 21st-ranked Carson-Newman, hosts Tusculum Tuesday night and Valdosta State Sunday afternoon.
Payton Putzer (Young Harris Jr., Cartersville) — Putzer was a starter for the Mountain Lions in their home and season opener last Thursday against West Georgia. She played 68 minutes of the 2-1 loss.
Courtney Rhea (Berry So., Cartersville) — Rhea entered off the bench in the 35th minute and saw 10 minutes of first half action in the Vikings’ 1-0 home win last Wednesday over Piedmont College. She also played 35 minutes Sunday in Berry’s 7-0 rout of Wesleyan College. Rhea had one shot and was whistled for one foul in the win.
Russell Shealy (Maryland R-Fr., Cartersville resident) — Shealy made his second start of the season for the defending national champions and third-ranked Terrapins Friday night at UCLA. He was credited with a pair of saves in a 3-2 loss. Maryland (1-2) hosts Akron Friday night in a rematch of last year's national championship game.
Logan Vermaas (North Georgia Fr., Cass) — Vermaas was a starter and played the entire first half of the Nighthawks’ home- and season-opening 4-1 win over Limestone College last Thursday night, but she did not see action Sunday in a 2-0 win at West Georgia. This week UNG (2-0) entertains Valdosta State on Friday night.
— Charles Wilson of Bartow Sports Zone contributed to this report.