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Fields races into NCAA finals; Beasley collects sacks; and Forristall has career day to pace 'At

Vic Beasley, Jr. of the Atlanta Falcons recorded another sack and made several key plays this past Sunday; Spencer Fields led Rhodes College to the NCAA D-III National Cross Country Championships; and Miller Forristall had a three reception day for the Alabama Crimson Tide to highlight this week’s performances of local Athletes Beyond Bartow.


SPENCER FIELDS — Rhodes College (Soph., Darlington, Kingston resident). . . ran 7th overall in a time of 25:40.72 at the 8K NCAA Division-III South/Southeast Region Cross Country Championships at Berry College Saturday, leading Rhodes to a fourth place team finish. Fields won the Southern Athletic Association title earlier this season and will now advance as an individual to the NCAA D-III National Championship race Saturday, November 19 at E.P. “Tom”Sawyer State Park in Louisville, KY. Although the Lynx did not qualify for nationals at their regional, Rhodes was extended an at-large bid by the NCAA on Sunday, meaning the remainder of Fields’ team will also compete in Louisville.


CODY WEST — Duquesne University (R-Jr., Cass HS). . . played all 90 minutes in a 4-0 loss to Fordham in the opening round of the Atlantic-10 Conference tournament in Davidson, NC. He was a starter in all 18 games this season for the Dukes who finished with an 8-5-5 record.


KATIE O’CONNOR — Western Carolina University (Jr., Cartersville HS). . . had nine kills in a four set loss to UNC-Greensboro last Wednesday. She then had 12 kills and six blocks in a four set loss to Mercer last Friday, and totaled three kills and three blocks in a three set win over The Citadel on Saturday. WCU (11-18, 6-10) will be the No. 7 seed in the Southern Conference Tournament that begins Saturday.


VIC BEASLEY JR. — Atlanta Falcons (2nd yr. pro; Clemson University; Adairsville HS). . . Although the Falcons lost 24-15 at Philadelphia Sunday, Beasley had another standout performance. He finished with four tackles (three solo), two sacks, and a forced fumble. Beasley is currently tied for third in the NFL with 9.5 sacks through ten games. He is tied for the league lead in forced fumbles. He has 30 tackles on the year also. Atlanta (6-4) has an upcoming bye week, but continues to lead the NFC South by 1.5 games. The Falcons play next on November 27 at home against the Arizona Cardinals.


QUADRE ALLEN — Tusculum College (Soph., Woodland HS). . . saw playing time in the Pioneers’ 31-30 overtime victory over Carson-Newman on Saturday. Tusculum finished the season with a 4-7 record.

TREVOR CARLTON — Reinhardt University (Soph., Cartersville HS). . . recorded a tackle in the Eagles’ 58-7 win at Bethel University on Saturday. Reinhardt (11-0) is ranked third in NAIA and will open the 2016 NAIA national playoffs at home this week against No. 20 Southeastern (FL) University.

AUSTIN COBB — LaGrange College (Fr., Adairsville HS). . . saw action in a 43-26 loss to Methodist. The Panthers finished the season with a 3-7 record.

T.L. FORD II — UNC-Charlotte (Jr., Cartersville HS). . . had three catches Saturday with a long reception of 16 yards in a 22-11 home loss to Rice. He has 31 receptions for 413 yards on the season with four touchdowns. Charlotte (4-6, 3-3 Conference USA) hosts Middle Tennessee this Saturday in another C-USA game.

MILLER FORRISTALL — University of Alabama (Fr., Cartersville HS). . . had three receptions Saturday in a 51-3 home rout of Mississippi State. It marks the first multi-reception game of his career. He now has five receptions for 73 yards this season. The top-ranked Crimson Tide (10-0, 7-0 SEC) host Chattanooga this Saturday night.

GORDON GRAY — Kennesaw State University (So., Cartersville HS). . . saw action in the Owls’ 45-10 win over Presbyterian Saturday. KSU (8-2, 3-1 Big South Conference) are ranked this week for the first time in school history, coming in at No. 22 in the NCAA FCS rankings. The Owls play at Charleston Southern this Saturday.

DAKOTA HINES — Kentucky Christian University (Jr., Adairsville HS). . . made one of two extra point attempts as the Crusaders closed out their 2016 season with a 20-3 win over Bluefield (WV) College. KCU finished 3-8 overall and 3-7 in the Mid-South Conference.

BRADY JERNIGAN — Illinois College (Fr., Woodland HS). . . made one tackle in a 38-17 victory Saturday over Beloit College. Jernigan now has five tackles on the season. The Blueboys finished the regular season 6-4 and were 5-3 in the Midwest Conference.

HAYES LINN — Air Force Academy (Sr., Cartersville HS). . . returning to action following a shoulder injury, Linn collected one tackle as the Falcons edged Colorado State on Saturday, 49-46. He now has 22 tackles and three pass breakups for the year. Air Force (7-3, 3-3 Mountain West Conference) plays at San Jose State Saturday night.

TIAMON PENNYMON — Eastern Arizona College (Fr., Cartersville HS). . . saw action in a 28-20 loss to Glendale Community College Saturday. He has contributed in all 11 games this season for the Gila Monsters and has once reception for 11 yards. Eastern Arizona completed the regular season with a 7-4 mark and 3-3 in the Western States Football League.

TYLER REED — Austin Peay University (Fr., Cartersville HS). . . was a starter for the second time this season, but the Governors lost to Eastern Kentucky, 67-30. Reed made six tackles and now has 25 for the season in six games played. APSU (0-10, 0-8 Ohio Valley Conference) will close out the year Saturday afternoon in Lexington against the Kentucky Wildcats.

ISAIAH ROSS — Point University (Jr., Woodland HS). . . recorded three tackles in a 22-7 win at Benedict College Saturday. Ross finished the season with 41 tackles, appearing in six games. The Skyhawks finished the season 5-6.

BRANDON THOMPSON — Tusculum College (Sr., Woodland HS). . . saw action as the Pioneers edged Carson-Newman 31-30 on Saturday. Tusculum finished 4-7 for the season and 3-4 in the Southern Athletic Conference.

SHELBY TOWNSEND, JR. — Georgia Southern University (Soph., Woodland HS). . . saw action in a 33-26 loss to Louisiana Lafayette last Thursday. GSU (4-6, 3-3 Sun Belt Conference) will look to snap a three-game losing skid Saturday in Atlanta at Georgia State.

HIRAM VELEZ — Troy University (Jr., Adairsville HS). . . saw action but did not make a reception in the Trojans’ 28-24 victory Saturday over Appalachian State. The win propelled Troy into the Associated Press top 25 rankings for the first time. Velez has eight receptions for 104 yards and one touchdown this season. The Trojans (8-1, 5-0 Sun Belt Conference) host Arkansas State Thursday night.

Da’KELIN WELLS — Maryville (TN) College (Jr., Cass HS). . . had one pass break up in the Scots’ 70-14 win over Greensboro College Saturday. Wells finished the season with 20 tackles, a forced fumble, two fumble recoveries, and a pair of pass breakups. Maryville (8-2) won a share of the USA South Athletic Conference title, but did not receive a bid to the NCAA D-III national playoffs.


EMMANUEL HOLLOWAY — UU Korihait Uusikaupunki (Finland pro) (Woodland HS). . . played 33 minutes and scored 16 points in an 86-66 loss to Kouvot.

A.J. MOSBY — Alcorn State (Jr., Cartersville HS). . . scored four point in a season opening start for the Braves last Friday. It was a 69-44 loss at Loyola-Chicago. Alcorn State (0-1) plays at Evansville Monday night and will host Selma University Friday night.

ADRIAN RODGERS — Malbas Oresund Malmo (Swedish Basketligan), (Southern University, Cartersville native). . . the high-scoring guard posted 29 points and 25 points in a loss and a win last week. He averages 18.6 points and is currently second in the league.

DARIUS THROWER — Truett McConnell (Fr., Excel Christian Academy). . . saw action in an 81-65 win over Columbia International last Tuesday. He has appeared in three games as TMC has gone 3-3 to start the season. The Bears play at The Citadel Tuesday and open Appalachian Athletic Conference play Saturday at Tennessee Wesleyan College.

COREY TOBIN — Reinhardt University (Jr., Cartersville HS). . . entered as a reserve and scored 12 points on three, three-pointers last Monday in a 113-80 exhibition loss at LSU in Baton Rouge. He also scored a three-pointer in a narrow 95-93 loss to Thomas University last Wednesday. The Eagles (4-1) host Point University Wednesday and travel to Bryan (TN) College Saturday.

HAKEEM WINTERS — Point University (Soph., Cartersville HS). . . saw action in all three games last week as Point fell to Georgia State, Brewton-Parker, and West Virginia Tech. He scored two points, had six rebounds, one assist, one block, and two steals in the three games. Point (1-4) plays at Reinhardt University Wednesday and hosts Bluefield College Saturday.

RUDY WINTERS — Columbus State University (Jr., Excel Christian Academy). . . started and scored 14 points as the Cougars beat Fort Benning 111-62 in an exhibition to open the season. He also collected six rebounds. CSU hosts Middle Georgia State Wednesday and will play a pair of games at University of Montevallo Friday and Saturday where the Cougars will face Miles (Friday) and Lane (Saturday).


EVAN COLE — Cumberland University (Jr., Cartersville HS). . . finished fourth at 149 pounds in the season-opening Patriot Invitational in Williamsburg, Kentucky November 5. Cole was 5-2 in the event, losing twice to Indiana Tech’s Bobby Humphrey. Cumberland wrestled in the Georgia College Open this past Saturday (all results not posted) and will host Belllarmine University Thursday.

SAMMY ROSARIO — Cumberland University (Sr., Cass HS). . . won the 133 pound title at the Patriot Invitational November 5. He won four straight matches to take the title, including a pin of Truett-McConnell’s Devante Upshaw in the finals. Cumberland wrestled in the Georgia College Open this past Saturday (all results not posted) and will host Belllarmine University Thursday.

(photo Tim Tushla, Cumberland University)

RASHAD WILLIAMS — Coker University (Jr., Cass HS). . . placed sixth in the 141-pound division at the Pembroke Classic November 5.


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