For the third time in four years, Cartersville High is the alma mater of a player on the College Football Playoff national champion. And for the second time in that span, it’s thanks to Miller Forristall (with a little help from Nick Saban and the rest of the Alabama football program).
Although winning the national title with the Crimson Tide following the 2017 season was certainly special, Forristall must have really enjoyed coming out on top against Ohio State Monday in Miami. Due to a season-ending injury, the redshirt senior tight end was forced to miss the matchup with Georgia that earned him his first ring.
But Forristall got to fully embrace the victory this time around. Despite not catching any passes, the 6-foot-5 Forristall showed off his blocking prowess in helping the top-ranked team in the country cruise to a 52-24 victory.
For the season, Forristall caught 23 passes for 253 yards and a touchdown.
Elsewhere, Woodland product DiAnthony Heathcock put together the best outing of his freshman season. The Columbia International forward racked up 22 points on just 11 shot attempts from the floor. That outburst came in his first career start, signaling a few more runs in the starting five could be in his future.
DiAnthony Heathcock (Columbia International Fr., Woodland) — Making his first career start, Heathcock went off for a career-high 22 points on a 9-for-11 performance from the field in an 80-64 win Saturday at Milligan. He added six rebounds, which is right at his season average, in the win. In a 94-83 home win Thursday over St. Andrews, Heathcock saw 21 minutes off the bench. The 6-foot-7 true freshman chipped in eight points (3-of-3 shooting), seven boards and a block.
Alexis Ware (Piedmont So., Cass) — Ware pulled down two rebounds in six minutes during a 74-54 road loss last Wednesday at Division-I Western Carolina.
Nakiyah Washington (Piedmont So., Adairsville) — Washington finished with a team-high 18 points in the defeat to Western Carolina. Despite making just 5 of 17 field-goal attempts, Washington boosted her scoring with an 8-for-9 showing at the foul line. She also paced the Lions with seven rebounds.
Miller Forristall (Alabama R-Sr., Cartersville) — The starting tide end for top-ranked Alabama totaled 31 yards on three receptions in a 31-14 win over No. 4 Notre Dame in the Rose Bowl Friday in Arlington, Texas. Forristall and Co. will meet third-ranked Ohio State in the CFP championship game next Monday in Miami.
Kyle Gollhofer (Northern Iowa R-Fr., Woodland) — The four-time state champion finished undefeated in three extra matches during Northern Iowa’s season debut Sunday in Brookings, South Dakota. Gollhofer, wrestling at 125 pounds, defeated a pair of South Dakota State grapplers and one from North Dakota State. The Panthers swept both schools in regular action.
Jabril Williams (Midway Fr., Cartersville) — Williams picked up a couple forfeit wins Saturday in Owensboro, Kentucky. Midway easily dispatched of Lincoln (Illinois) and host Kentucky Wesleyan to improve to 5-1 on the season.