Athletes Beyond Bartow: College football, volleyball, golf, and soccer updates
Local collegiate athletes from Cartersville and Bartow County made significant contributions with their respective fall sports teams this past week in football, volleyball, golf and tennis. Most of the cross country programs with local athletes were idle this past weekend and the return status for the Falcons' Vic Beasley remains unknown.
VIC BEASLEY — Atlanta Falcons (3rd year pro, OLB/DE, Clemson University, Adairsville HS). . . Beasley suffered a hamstring strain in the Falcons’ win over the Green Bay Packers Sunday night, September 17 and there is no timetable for his return. Prior to his injury, the 2016 NFL sack leader had four tackles, one forced fumble, and two sacks in Atlanta’s first two games. Atlanta (3-0) defeated the Detroit Lions 30-26 Sunday in dramatic style with the Lions at the one-inch line at the end of the game. A catch by Detroit near the goal line was originally ruled a go-ahead touchdown for the Lions, but replay officials determined receiver Golden Tate II was short of the goal line and a 10-second run-off ended the game. The Falcons will host the Buffalo Bills next Sunday. That will be followed by a bye week that may allow Beasley full recovery time.
QUADRE ALLEN — Tusculum College (Jr., DB, Woodland HS) (photo right). . . recovered a fumble last Saturday in the Pioneers’ 31-10 victory at UNC Pembroke. Allen has appeared in all four games this seson for the 2-2 Pioneers. They host Lenoir-Rhyne this Saturday.
DeANDRE APPLIN — Georgia State University (Jr., DB, Adairsville HS) (photo left). . . had three tackles including one for loss in the Panthers’ 28-0 win at UNC Charlotte last Saturday. GSU (1-2) had its game with Memphis — scheduled for this Saturday — cancelled. The Panthers next game is a Sun Belt Conference matchup at Costal Carolina on Saturday, October 7.
CHRIS BLACKSTON — University West Georgia (Soph., DB, Adairsville HS). . . contributed a pair of tackles in the Wolves’ 48-16 defeat of Albany State this past Saturday. Blackston has now played in three games. UWG (3-1) hosts Gulf South Conference foe North Alabama next Saturday afternoon.
TERRIUS CALLAHAN — Austin Peay State University (R-Fr., WR, Cartersville HS). . . caught a second quarter pass for 17 yards on a first down play during the Governors’ 27-7 win at Murray State University. APSU (2-2, 1-0 Ohio Valley Conference) entertain UT-Martin this Saturday night in another conference game.
DALEN CURTIS — Brevard College (Fr., OL/DL, Cartersville HS). . . the Tornados starting offensive center was also credited with one tackle on a rushing play in the third quarter that went for no gain in Brevard’s 38-28 loss at LaGrange College. On the offensive side, Brevard passed for 237 yards and rushed for 117 in the loss. The Tornados (1-3) host Huntingdon College this Saturday afternoon.
T.L. FORD II — UNC Charlotte (Sr., WR, Cartersville HS). . . had one catch for 10 yards in a 28-0 home loss to Georgia State last Saturday. UNCC (0-4) travels to Miami this Saturday night for a Conference USA game at Florida International University.
SEAN HOLTON — Davidson College (Fr., LB, Cartersville HS). . . saw playing time in his second of three Davidson games so far this season. The Wildcats’ won their homecoming game 42-21 win over Guildord Collge last Saturday. Davidson (2-1) hosts Marist this Saturday afternoon.
RODNEY MITCHELL — Coastal Carolina University (Sr., OL, Cartersville HS) (photo, #55) . . . the Chanticleers’ starting offensive left tackle helped the Coastal offense to 170 yards rushing and 307 yards of total offense in a 52-10 loss to Western Illinois. The Chanticleers (1-2) travel to Louisiana-Monroe for their Sun Belt Conference opener this Saturday night.
MARK QUATTLEBAUM — UNC Charlotte (R-Jr., SL, Cartersville HS) (photo #3). . . had a career high six receptions for 91 yards, including a 52-yarder last Saturday in the 49ers’ 28-0 home loss to Georgia State. UNCC (0-4) travels to Miami this Saturday night for a Conference USA game at Florida International University.
ISAIAH ROSS — Point University (Sr., LB, Woodland HS). . . had one solo tackle and eight assisted tackles last Saturday in the NAIA Skyhawks’ 66-0 loss at FCS Charleston Southern. Point (1-3) opens Appalachian Athletic Conference play at home this Saturday against 3rd-ranked Reinhardt University.
JOHN SCIFERS — University West Georgia (R-Fr., PK, Woodland HS). . . kicked off once in the Wolves’ 48-16 win over Albany State this past Saturday. The 61 yard, fourth quarter boot was fielded by Albany State at the four yard line and returned to the 29. UWG (3-1) hosts Gulf South Conference foe North Alabama next Saturday afternoon.
BRETT SHEDD — Shorter University (Sophomore, Long Snapper, Woodland HS). . . for the second straight week, contributed a tackle assist but the Hawks lost to visiting Delta State 54-20 in Rome. Shorter (0-4, 0-2 Gulf South Conference) travels to Livingston this Saturday night to face conference opponent West Alabama.
SHELBY TOWNSEND, JR. — Georgia Southern University (R-Jr., DT, Woodland HS). . . saw playing time in the Eagles’ 52-17 loss at Indiana University. Georgia Southern (0-3) has a bye in the coming week before hosting Arkansas State in their Sun Belt Conference opener Wednesday night, October 4 on ESPN2.
JAKE WALKER — Furman University (Fr., TE, Cartersville resident, Darlington HS). . . caught one pass for 14 yards in the Paladins’ 45-14 win at Colgate this past Saturday. Walker has played in all four games this season and now has a pair of receptions. Furman (1-3, 0-1 Southern Conference) hosts East Tennessee State this Saturday afternoon in a conference game.
KATIE O’CONNOR — Western Carolina University (Sr., MB, Cartersville HS) (photo right, #14). . . had 12 kills, one dig, and six blocks in the Lady Catamounts’ five set conference win at UT Chattanooga last Friday. O’Connor also had 11 kills and one block in Western Carolina’s four set loss last Tuesday at East Tennessee State. WCU (6-9, 1-1 SoCon) has conference home matches with Samford next Friday night and Mercer Saturday night.
MAGGIE ASHMORE — Augusta University (Sr., Kingston, GA, Heritage (SC) Golf Academy) . . . shot rounds of 75-77-71 at the Lady Paladin Invitational this past weekend in Greenville, SC. Host Furman University won the 54-hole tournament with a 7-under-par team total. Augusta tied Virginia Tech for sixth place in the 17-team event. With her 1-under-par finishing round Sunday, Ashmore tied for 26th individually among 93 players. Augusta plays next in the Magnolia Cup October 2-3 hosted jointly by Ole Miss and Mississippi State.
MADISON BENNETT — North Greenville University (Soph., Defender, Woodland HS). . . took a pair of shots, including one on goal Saturday as NGU tied Emmanuel College 1-1 in Franklin Springs, GA. She also played 30 minutes in the Crusaders’ 3-1 win last Tuesday over Bob Jones University. North Greenville (3-3-2, 2-1-1 Conference Carolinas) hosts Columbia International University Wednesday night and Erskine College Saturday afternoon.
KATELYNN HARBEKE — Life University (Jr., F, Cass HS). . . took a first half shot in the sixth minute that missed wide in the Eagles’ 6-0 loss at Middle Georgia State last Friday night. Harbeke has started in six of seven games this season. Life (3-4) hosts Faulkner University Monday night and faces Mid-South Conference foe Pikeville University at home this Friday night.
KATELYNN LAWHORN — Life University (Fr., MF, Adairsville HS). . . played 38 minutes after entering as a reserve in the Eagles’ 6-0 loss at Middle Georgia State last Friday night. Lawhorn has played in all seven games this season with three starts. Life (3-4) hosts Faulkner University Monday night and faces Mid-South Conference foe Pikeville University at home this Friday night.
KURT MOORE -- Birmingham Southern College (Soph., GK, Darlington HS). . . Moore split time in goal against the Mississippi University for Women Owls last Sunday, recording a save in the 45 minutes he played. Birmingham Southern won 5-3 and improved to 5-3-1 on the year. BSC hosts Rhodes College this Saturday afternoon.
CODY WEST — Duquesne University (Sr., Defender, Cass HS). . . played all 90 minutes in the Dukes’ 4-1 loss at Temple University last Tuesday. He also played all 110 minutes in a 1-1 overtime tie at Robert Morris Sunday afternoon. Duquesne (2-5-1) plays at Bowling Green University Tuesday night and will host LaSalle in their Atlantic 10 Conference opener Saturday afternoon.