College Roundup

Lawrence leads Clemson to rivalry win

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Trevor Lawrence continues to string together impressive performances ahead of a probable return to the College Football Playoff.

The Clemson quarterback and Cartersville High graduate had his seventh consecutive game with three-plus touchdown passes, while also rushing for a career-high 66 yards, in a victory over South Carolina. Lawrence and the Tigers will look to move to 13-0 and secure a spot in the CFP with a win against Virginia in the ACC Championship Game this coming weekend.

After winning the national championship as a freshman, Lawrence got off to a bit of a slow start this season. But over the past two months, he's returned to his spot among the best quarterbacks in the country. His latest masterpiece included an ACC record-tying 18 straight completions, proving that Lawrence is playing his best at the business end of the season.

While Lawrence is gaining national attention for pushing Clemson towards a second straight national title, he's far from the only former Bartow County athlete putting on a show at the next level.

Lawrence's former teammate, Jonathan Cruz helped Charlotte to a win Saturday, and the 49ers will finish out the season in the Bahamas Bowl. Woodland product Kurtis Feanny paved the way for a Lenoir-Rhyne playoff win, and Kennesaw State's Jacob Potter, a former Adairsville snapper, helped the Owls reach the second round of the FCS postseason tournament.


PRO FOOTBALL

Vic Beasley (Atlanta Falcons; Adairsville) — Beasley contributed a pair of tackle assists in the Falcons’ 26-18 home loss to the New Orleans Saints Thanksgiving night. Beasley has 19 tackles and four sacks this season, as Atlanta has struggled to a 3-9 record and is currently last in the NFC South. The Falcons host the division rival Carolina Panthers at 1 p.m. Sunday.


COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Marcus Childers (Northern Illinois R-Jr., Adairsville) — Childers was 6-for-11 passing for 86 yards, including a 71-yard touchdown strike in the second quarter, as the Huskies defeated Western Michigan 17-14 last Tuesday night. He also had 11 rushing attempts for 54 yards. Childers finished 2019 as the team’s second leading rusher with 419 yards and five touchdowns. He also threw for six touchdowns and 474 yards. Northern Illinois finished the season with a 5-7 mark.

Jonathan Cruz (Charlotte So., Cartersville) — Cruz made a 36-yard field goal in the second quarter and was successful on all four of his PAT kicks as the 49ers defeated Old Dominion 38-22 Saturday in Norfolk, Virginia. Cruz also kicked off seven times for a 58.7-yard average with two touchbacks. Charlotte (7-5) is on a five-game winning streak and has accepted a bid to play Buffalo in the Bahamas Bowl Dec. 20.

Kurtis Feanny (Lenoir-Rhyne So., Woodland) — The Bears’ starting left guard was part of an offensive unit that produced 117 rushing yards and 200 yards passing in a 49-21 NCAA Division-II second-round playoff win Saturday over 25th-ranked Carson-Newman. The sixth-ranked Bears will now host West Florida in a national quarterfinal Saturday in Hickory, North Carolina. UWF upset top-ranked Valdosta State this past weekend, 38-35.

JaCorey Johns (Wake Forest R-Fr., Cartersville) — Johns made four tackles that included a sack in the Demon Deacons’ 39-30 overtime loss Saturday at Syracuse. Johns now has 51 tackles this season through 12 games including three sacks and a pair of quarterback hurries. Wake Forest (8-4, 4-4 ACC) has been most commonly projected for either the Belk Bowl in Charlotte, North Carolina, vs. an SEC opponent or the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas, vs. a Pac-12 opponent.

Manny Jones (Colorado State Jr., Woodland) — Jones was credited with five tackles, including one sack, but the Rams finished the 2019 campaign with a 31-24 home loss to 19th-ranked Boise State Friday night. Jones played in 11 games this season and was sixth on his team in tackles with 54. He had five sacks, five quarterback hurries and two forced fumbles. The Rams season ends with a 4-8 record.

Trevor Lawrence (Clemson So., Cartersville) — Lawrence completed 26 of 36 passes for 295 yards and three touchdowns Saturday in a 38-3 blowout of rival South Carolina. He extended his streak of consecutive games with three touchdown passes to seven. He also rushed for a career best 66 yards and set a school record with 18 consecutive completions. The completed pass streak tied an ACC record. For the season, Lawrence is 216-for-315 passing for 2,870 yards and 30 touchdowns. He also has seven rushing touchdowns and 458 rushing yards. Third-ranked Clemson (12-0) will square off with Virginia in the ACC Championship Game Saturday night in Charlotte.

Jacob Potter (Kennesaw State So., Adairsville) — Potter made successful long snaps on all four of the Owls’ extra points and three punts as Kennesaw State won its opening round FCS playoff game at 11th-ranked Wofford, 28-21. KSU (11-2) travels for a second-round matchup at Weber State this Saturday in Ogden, Utah.

Avery Showell (Georgia Tech R-So., Cartersville) — Showell made one solo tackle in the fourth quarter of the Yellow Jackets’ 52-7 home loss to the Georgia Bulldogs. Showell appeared in 11 games this season with one start. He finished the year with 16 tackles, one pass breakup and one pass defended. Georgia Tech finished the season with a 3-9 record.

Jake Walker (Furman Jr., Cartersville native) —  A starter Saturday, Walker was targeted on third down of the opening series but the pass fell incomplete. He was not targeted again in the Paladins’ 42-6 FCS playoff loss at Austin Peay. Walker appeared in all 13 games this season and caught two passes for 21 yards. Furman finished the year with an 8-5 record.


BASKETBALL

Ashton Hagans (Kentucky So., Cartersville native) — In a 69-58 home win Friday over UAB, Hagans dished out 12 assists while scoring nine points with three rebounds and two steals. The 11th-ranked Wildcats (6-1) host Fairleigh Dickinson Saturday.

Whitney Harris (Toccoa Falls So., Woodland) — Harris scored nine points and grabbed a pair of rebounds last Tuesday in a 70-45 home loss to Truett-McConnell. The Screaming Eagles (3-9) host Berry College today and Pfeiffer University Saturday.

Carter Hedden (Hocking So., Cass) — Hedden scored two points with three steals, seven rebounds and two assists in 14 minutes and a start during an 89-66 home win last Tuesday over the Salem JV. The Hawks (7-2) play at Ohio University Lancaster Wednesday and at Terra State Saturday afternoon.

Coriana McDaniel (Andrew Fr., Adairsville) — McDaniel made her first college start but had no stat line in a 77-62 loss at Enterprise State last Monday. The Tigers (1-8) host Gadsden State Monday, Central Georgia Tech Wednesday and Southern Crescent Tech Saturday.

Jana Morning (Berry Jr., Cass) — Morning recorded five rebounds, five steals and four assists but did not score in a 49-47 loss last Tuesday at LaGrange College. The Vikings (3-3) entertain Toccoa Falls today before traveling to Oglethorpe in Atlanta Saturday.

Josie Summerville (North Park So., Adairsville) — Summerville scored six points and collected two rebounds as the Vikings stayed unbeaten with a 71-59 home win last Wednesday over St. Mary’s (Indiana). North Park (5-0) plays at Carroll Wednesday night and hosts North Central College Saturday evening.

Darius Thrower (Truett-McConnell Sr., Excel Christian) — Thrower scored five points with four rebounds, one assist and one steal last Tuesday in a 69-63 win at Toccoa Falls. The Bears (5-2) host Columbia International Wednesday and Tennessee Wesleyan Saturday.

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