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Beasley, Reed, West headline this week's performances for 'Athletes Beyond Bartow'

Adairsville’s Vic Beasley, Jr. added another sack Sunday in the Atlanta Falcons’ 33-32 win over Green Bay. The second-year pro and Clemson All-American, is currently tied for third in the NFL with 7.5 sacks totalling -46 yards. Linebackers Lorenzo Alexander (9 sacks) of the Buffalo Bills and Von Miller (8.5 sacks) of the Denver Broncos lead the league.

At the collegiate level, Tyler Reed had his best game of the year with a seven tackle performance for Austin Peay while Cody West and the Duquesne University men’s soccer team continued their string of outstanding defensive performances.


VIC BEASLEY, JR. — Atlanta Falcons (2nd yr. pro; Clemson University; Adairsville HS). . . Beasley finished the Atlanta Falcons’ 33-32 win over Green Bay with three tackles that included a second quarter sack of Packers’ quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Beasley now has 23 total tackles and 7.5 sacks on the year. He has also forced three fumbles, one pass defended, and seven quarterback hurries. The Falcons improved to 5-3 with the win and snapped a two game losing skid after a 4-1 start. Atlanta, who leads the NFC South by 1.5 games, has a quick turnaround this week. The Falcons travel to Tampa Bay for a Thursday night game on the NFL Network.


DeANDRE APPLIN — Georgia Military College (DB, So., Adairsville HS). . . added two more tackles in a 46-18 rout of Arkansas Baptist Saturday as the Bulldogs won their eighth straight game. Applin is averaging almost three tackles per game with a season high of six tackles and a sack against Jireh Prep October 15. GMC (8-1) has a rematch with ASA Miami Saturday, November 5. The Bulldogs won the first meeting on October 1, 45-3.

GORDON GRAY — Kennesaw State University (WR, R-So., Cartersville HS) . . . saw action in the Owls’ 49-17 Big South Conference win at Monmouth Saturday. KSU (6-2, 2-1 Big South Conference) hosts Clark Atlanta Saturday, November 5 in a non-conference game.

DAKOTA HINES — (photo right) Kentucky Christian University (PK/P, Jr., Adairsville HS) . . . made all four extra points and punted twice as the Crusaders defeated Cincinnati Christian Saturday, 34-12. He hit a long punt of 43 yards and landed one inside the 20-yard line with no touchbacks. KCU (2-7, 2-6 Mid-South Conference) plays at University of Pikeville Saturday, November 5.

BRADY JERNIGAN — Illinois College (DL, Fr., Woodland HS) . . . saw action for the fifth consecutive week, but did not record a tackle. Illinois College (5-4, 4-3 Midwest Conference) has a bye week before hosting Beloit College Saturday, November 12.

LUCAS JOHNSON — Georgia State University (OL, So., Cass HS) . . . saw playing time in a 13-10 Sun Belt Conference loss Saturday at South Alabama. The Panthers (2-6, 1-3 SBC) play Thursday night on ESPNU at home in the Georgia Dome against Arkansas State in another conference game.

RODNEY MITCHELL — Coastal Carolina University (OL, R-So., Cartersville HS). . . saw action in the Chanticleer’s 48-17 victory Saturday at Presyterian College. Coastal Carolina (6-2, 4-1 Big South Conference) hosts Monmouth Saturday, November 5.

TIAMON PENNYMON -- Eastern Arizona CC (Fr., Cartersville HS). . . saw action in his team’s 21-0 home loss Saturday against Snow College.

TYLER REED — (photo left) Austin Peay State University (LB, Fr., Cartersville HS). . . made seven tackles including one for a loss in a 41-21 loss Saturday at Southeast Missouri. He now has 16 tackles and has forced a fumble in four appearances this season. Austin Peay (0-8, 0-6 Ohio Valley Conference) hosts Tennessee State Saturday, November 4.

BRETT SHEDD — Shorter University (Long Snapper, Fr., Woodland HS). . . made one tackle in the Hawks’ 44-0 home loss to West Georgia Saturday. Shorter (0-9, 0-6 Gulf South Conference) hosts Mississippi College Saturday afternoon, November 5.

DaKELIN WELLS — Maryville (TN) College (LB, Jr., Cass HS). . . made one tackle as a starter for the Scots as they won their seventh straight game, 30-19, at LaGrange College. Wells has 19 tackles for the year. Maryville (7-1, 5-0 USA South Athletic Conference) hosts Huntingdon Saturday, November 5.


BREE COLE — Jacksonville State University (Fr., Cartersville HS). . . placed 77th individually overall and ran fifth for her team as the Gamecocks placed 10th of 12 teams at the Ohio Valley Conference Championships Saturday in Nashville, Tennessee.

SPENCER FIELDS -- Rhodes College (Soph., Darlington School, Kingston resident). . . was named the Southern Athletic Association Runner of the Year after he ran a 25:45 8K to win the conference championship race. The Lynx had five runners in the top eight to win the conference title.


KATIE O’CONNOR — Western Carolina University (Middle Blocker, Jr., Cartersville HS). . . totaled nine kills, a dig, and one block in a home loss last Friday to UNC-Greenville, then had five kills and two blocks in a straight sets home victory over Furman on Saturday. O’Connor continues to lead the Catamounts in blocks and is third on the team in kills. Western Carolina (9-16, 4-8 Southern Conference) hosts Chattanooga Saturday, November 5.

SYDNEY SUMNERS — Shorter University (Def. Specialist, So., Adairsville HS). . . saw action Saturday in the Lady Hawks home, three-set defeat of Valdosta State. Shorter (18-6, 13-3 GSC) is currently tied with University of North Alabama for the top spot in the Gulf South Conference. The Hawks play at West Georgia Tuesday night and at University of West Alabama Friday night in conference matchups.

ASHLEY WEST — Andrew College (Fr., Outside Hitter, Cass HS). . . saw playing time October 20 in a four set loss by the Lady Tigers at home against Pensacola State College. Andrew concluded its regular season with a 7-18 mark.


MADISON BENNETT — North Greenville University (Fr., Defender, Woodland HS). . . played 12 minutes of a 3-2 home loss to Mars Hill October 25. She then played 25 minutes of a 3-0 loss at Converse College Saturday. The Lady Crusaders finished their regular season schedule with a 2-12-2 overall record and were 0-9-2 in Conference Carolinas.

EMILY MOORE — Charleston Southern University (Sr., Defender, Woodland HS). . . saw action as a reserve in both of her team’s losses this past week to Liberty University at home (2-0) and at High Point University (1-0). The Lady Bucs wrapped up their regular season 6-11-1 and were 2-6-1 in the Big South Conference.

AMY MORENO — Georgia Military College (Fr., F, Woodland HS). . . saw action in the Lady Bulldogs’ 5-2, home conference tournament win over South Georgia State College October 25. She played in 9 matches and started twice during the 2016 season. GMC also defeated Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College at home Friday in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association semifinals, but lost 9-1 at Darton State College in the tournament finals Saturday. Georgia Military College finished the season 8-10 overall and 4-6 in conference.

HALEY PITTMAN — Life University (Fr., F, Adairsville HS). . . started for the Eagles in their October 25 conference loss to Campbellsville (KY) University. Life finished the season 2-12 overall and 1-6 in the Mid-South Conference. Pittman did not score a goal, but put four of her six shots this season on goal.

CODY WEST — Duquesne University (R-Jr., Defender, Cass HS). . . played all 110 minutes of the Dukes’ 1-1 draw at Dayton University Saturday. West has played most of his team’s minutes and has been an integral part of Duquesne’s defense that has recorded nine shutouts this season in 16 games. The Dukes (8-3-5, 3-1-3 Atlantic 10 Conference) host Rhode Island Saturday November 5 before opening the A-10 Championship Tournament in Davidson, NC November 10-13. Duquesne is currently tied for fourth place of 13 teams in the A-10 behind leaders Saint Louis University, Fordham, and Virginia Commonwealth. (photo credit: Dave DeNoma)


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