Adairsville’s Vic Beasley, Jr., has said Super Bowl 50 MVP Von Miller of the Denver Broncos is a player he has “looked up to” since coming out of his own college playing days at Clemson. Sunday, the Atlanta Falcons’ second-year pro moved into a tie with Miller for the NFL lead in sacks after a tremendous performance on the road against the Los Angeles Rams. Beasley recorded three sacks in the Falcons’ 42-14 win giving him 13.5 for the season. He also added a league-leading sixth forced fumble and this time recovered and returned the loose ball 21-yards for a touchdown. The NFL record for forced fumbles in a season is ten.
Beasley has now accumulated 34 tackles and two passes defended for the year as the Falcons maintained their division lead.
Atlanta (8-5) is tied with Tampa Bay in the NFC South, but holds the current tie-breaker over the Bucs. The Falcons host the San Francisco 49ers Sunday at 4:05pm in the Georgia Dome and have regular season games remaining at the Carolina Panthers Saturday, December 24 and at home vs. the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, January 1.
COLLEGE AND PRO BASKETBALL
SYDNEY BOYD — Brewton-Parker College (Soph., G, Woodland HS). . . scored eight points with two steals and two rebounds as the Lady Barons defeated Florida Memorial College at home Saturday. Boyd started and played 24 minutes. BPC (4-2, 1-1) takes a break in their schedule before traveling to Martin Methodist College (TN) December 29 and Bethel University (TN) December 31 for a pair of Southern States Athletic Conference games.
EMMANUEL HOLLOWAY — UU Korihait, Finnish Pro League (G, Illinois State, Woodland HS). . . scored four points, grabbed three rebounds, and two assists in an 89-54 loss to BC Nokia and did not play in a 92-88 loss to Kouvot December 9. UU Korihait (4-11) plays Kauhajoki December 14 and Salon Vilpas December 28.
ADRIAN RODGERS — Malbas Oresund, Swedish Pro League (G, Southern University, Cartersvile native). . . led his team with 22 points on 10-of-18 shooting with seven rebounds and two steals in a 104-80 loss last Friday at UMEA in Malmo, Scania. Rodgers is averaging 17.8 points, 4 rebounds, 1.2 steals, and 1.9 assists per game and leads the team in minutes played. Malbas (1-11) plays at Sodertalje Tuesday and hosts Norrkoping Friday.
DARIUS THROWER — Truett-McConnell University (G, Fr., Excel Christian Academy). . . saw action off the bench in an 84-59 conference loss at Bluefield (VA) College. The Bears (4-8, 1-5 Appalachian Athletic Conference) play at Florida National University Wednesday and at Ave Maria University (FL) Friday.
COREY TOBIN — Reinhardt University (G, Jr., Cartersville HS). . . scored 12 points last Wednesday in a home, 121-92 win over St. Andrews University (NC) and scored three points Saturday in a 93-91 loss at Montreat College (NC). Tobin also totaled five rebounds and a steal in the two games. Reinhardt (10-3, 5-2 Appalachian Athletic Conference) travels to Selma (AL) University Tuesday and will return to conference play January 5 at Union (KY) College.
HAKEEM WINTERS — Point University (F, Soph., Cartersville HS). . . scored eight points, grabbed two rebounds, and had one assist in a 90-78 home loss to Allen (SC). Point (2-10) also picked up their first conference win last Wednesday at Tennessee Wesleyan College, 89-87. The Skyhawks play at Troy University Wednesday and travel to Melbourne, FL December 18-19 to play Nova Southeastern University and Florida Tech.
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