Athletes Beyond Bartow: Notable games for Lawrence and Childers

Former Cartersville High quarterback Trevor Lawrence had another impressive performance for the Clemson Tigers as they routed Florida State in Tallahassee. He also broke a freshman passing record.

Former Adairsville quarterback Marcus Childers had another impressive week as well. He helped lead Northern Illinois to an upset at Brigham Young and scored the game's only touchdown in Saturday's college football action. Meanwhile, Kingston senior Spencer Fields helped lead his 25th-ranked Rhodes College cross country team to a fourth consecutive conference championship in Memphis. We have college football, cross country, soccer, and pro basketball results for local athletes representing Bartow County around the country and the world for the week ending Sunday, October 28.


QUADRE ALLEN — Tusculum University (Sr., DB, Woodland HS)… had two tackles in the Pioneers’ 41-28 win Saturday over Carson-Newman. Tusculum (5-3, 4-2) travels to VMI this Saturday afternoon.

DeANDRE APPLIN — Georgia State University (Sr.,DB, Adairsville HS)… had three tackles in the Panthers’ 37-34 home loss Saturday to Coastal Carolina. Georgia State (2-6, 1-3 Sun Belt Conference) hosts Texas State this Saturday.

TERRY BERDIN — Reinhardt University (Fr., RB, Cartersville HS)… returned a kickoff one yard in Saturday’s home 35-23 victory over University of Pikeville (KY). The NAIA 3rd-ranked Eagles (7-1, 4-0 Appalachian Athletic Conference) will host St. Andrews University (NC) next Saturday afternoon in another conference tilt.

CHRIS BLACKSTON — University of West Georgia (Jr., DB, Adairsville HS)… the Wolves’ starter at free safety contributed a pair of tackles Saturday in a 36-21 Gulf South Conference win at Mississippi College. NCAA D2 3rd-ranked UWG (9-0, 6-0 GSC) hosts Delta State next Saturday in Carrollton.

BRYCE BURGESS — Reinhardt University (Fr., RB, Adairsville HS)… had a pair of tackles in the 3rd-ranked Eagles’ 35-23 home win over University of Pikeville (KY). Reinhardt (7-1, 4-0) has won seven straight and will entertain St. Andrews University (NC) next Saturday in an Appalachian Athletic Conference game.

TREVOR CARLTON — Reinhardt University (Sr., LB, Cartersville HS)… (photo left) had five tackles in Reinhardt’s 35-23 home win Saturday over University of Pikeville (KY). Carlton is sixth on the Eagles’ defense with 23 tackles this season. Reinhardt (7-1, 4-0 Appalachian Athletic Conference) hosts St. Andrews (NC) Saturday.

MARCUS CHILDERS — Northern Illinois University (R-So., QB, Adairsville HS)… (photo) scored the game’s only touchdown on a one-yard keeper to cap off a 10-play, 65-yard drive early in the third quarter as the Huskies’ upset Brigham Young Saturday, 7-6, in Provo, UT. Childers was 10-for-21 passing for 115 yards in the game. He also rushed 13 times for 19 net yards during the defensive battle. Northern Illinois (5-3) returns to Mid-American Conference action Thursday night at University of Akron.

XAVIOR COAXUM — LaGrange College (So., DB, Cartersville HS)… had six tackles and broke up a pass Saturday, but the Panthers lost at Brevard College (NC) 38-34. Coaxum is fifth on the team this season with 28 total tackles. He also has 1.5 tackles for loss and an interception in the first eight games. LaGrange (2-6, 1-4 USA South Athletic Conference) entertains Methodist University this Saturday afternoon.

JONATHAN CRUZ — UNC-Charlotte (Fr., PK, Cartersville HS)… made a pair of second half field goals and coverted both PAT attempts as the 49ers evened their season record and beat Southern Miss at home Saturday, 20-17. The third quarter field goal was from 40 yards and made the score 17-0 at the time. The fourth quarter field goal was from 39 yards with 4:19 remaining to give the 49ers a 20-10 advantage. Three of his kickoffs went for touchbacks and the two returns were for only 16 yards combined. For the season, Cruz is 12-for-17 on field goal attempts including a long kick of 54 yards. 23 of his 38 kickoffs have been for touchbacks. Charlotte (4-4, 3-2 Conference USA) steps out of conference Saturday and will play Tennessee in Knoxville.

DALEN CURTIS — Brevard College (So., FB, Cartersville HS)… the former Canes’ offensive lineman converted to fullback caught a third quarter, two-yard touchdown pass from Dalton Cole Saturday in a 38-34 home victory over LaGrange College. It was the only touch by Curtis and the only time he was targeted in the game. The Tornados (2-5, 2-3 USA South Athletic Conference) travels to Averett University (VA) Saturday.

KURTIS FEANNY — Lenoir-Rhyne University (Fr., DL, Woodland HS)… saw action in the NCAA D2 24th-ranked Bears’ 51-3 rout of visiting UNC-Pembroke Saturday. LRU (8-1, 5-0 South Atlantic Conference) has now won eight straight and plays at Carson-Newman this Saturday afternoon.

JORDAN FERGUSON — Middle Tennessee State University (So., DL, Cartersville HS)… had a pair of tackle assists Saturday in the Blue Raiders’ 51-17 Conference USA win at Old Dominion. Ferguson, who graduated from Cartersville HS but played his football at St. Francis Academy and Norcross HS, has eight tackles including 1.5 for loss this season. MTSU (5-3, 4-1 C-USA) hosts Western Kentucky this Friday night.

CAMERON GONYEA — Saint Anselm College (Fr., DB, Cass HS)… saw playing time in the Hawks’ 20-16 loss Saturday to visiting Bentley College. Saint Anselm (1-6, 1-6 Northeastern 10 Conference) travels to University of New Haven (CT) this Saturday.

GORDON GRAY — Kennesaw State University (Sr., WR, Cartersville HS)… saw action in the FCS 2nd-ranked Owls’ 38-10 win over Charleston Southern Saturday night. KSU (7-1, 3-0 Big South Conference) has now won seven straight and will host Campbell this Saturday afternoon.

GABRIEL GRIDLEY — Angelo State University (Jr., P, Cartersville HS)… had five punts for a 39.2 yard average including one 50-yarder as the Rams beat visiting Adams State Saturday 59-20. Gridley had one punt downed inside the 20 yard line and one that was a touchback. Angelo State (5-4, 3-3 Lone Star Conference) hosts Eastern New Mexico University this Saturday afternoon in another LSC contest.

SEAN HOLTON — Davidson College (So., DB, Cartersville HS)… had three solo tackles and returned a kickoff seven yards, but the Wildcats lost Saturday to visiting Stetson University, 56-53. Through nine games, Holton has 23 tackles including one for loss, one pass breakup, and one pass defended. Davidson (5-4, 2-4 Pioneer League) has a bye week before traveling to San Diego University November 10.

ANTOINE JEFFERSON — Lindsey Wilson College (So., SL, Cartersville HS)… was the Blue Raiders’ starter as a punt return specialist, but did not have a return in NAIA 10th-ranked Lindsey Wilson’s 56-30 home loss to 5th-ranked Bethel University (TN). The Blue Raiders (5-3, 3-1 Mid-South Conference) play at Campbellsville University (KY) this Saturday afternoon.

LUCAS JOHNSON — Georgia State University (Sr., OL, Cass HS)… was part of the offensive line rotation in the Panthers’ 37-34 home loss Saturday to Coastal Carolina. Georgia State rolled up 521 yards of total offense including 290 yards rushing, but came up three points short in the Sun Belt Conference game. GSU (2-6, 1-3) hosts Texas State this Saturday afternoon.

BRADLEY KIRK — Shorter University (Fr., DB, Cartersville HS)… had five tackles in the Hawks’ 46-20 loss last Thursday night at Delta State. Kirk now has 24 tackles (16 solo) including one for loss and one forced fumble through eight games in his collegiate career. Shorter (0-9, 0-7 Gulf South Conference) plays at North Alabama this Saturday afternoon.

TREVOR LAWRENCE — Clemson University (Fr., QB, Cartersville HS)… was 20-for-37 for 314 yards and four touchdowns in only two and one-half quarters Saturday as the 2nd-ranked Tigers steamrolled Florida State in Tallahassee 59-10. Lawrence had touchdown passes of 7- and 3-yards to Tee Higgins in the second quarter before connecting on touchdown passes of 58- and 68-yards to Amari Rodgers in the third quarter to build a 45-0 lead. With his performance, Lawrence broke Deshaun Watson’s freshman QB passing record with his 15th passing touchdown of the season. He now has ten touchdowns since taking over for Kelly Bryant in the second quarter of the Georgia Tech game. He also has five touchdown passes of 50 yards or more, the most by any ACC quarterback this season. The true freshman has now thrown for 1,490 yards this season. Clemson (8-0, 5-0 ACC) hosts Louisville this Saturday at noon.

DORIAN PITT — Southwestern Oklahoma State University (Jr., OL, Adairsville HS)… saw playing time in the Bulldogs’ 47-39 home loss Saturday to Oklahoma Baptist University. SWOSU (3-6, 3-6 Great American Conference) plays this Saturday at Southern Nazarene University (OK).

SEVEN RICHARDS — Jacksonville University (Fr., OL, Cass HS)… made his first career start for the Dolphins Saturday at guard as the offense rolled up 447 rushing yards, but lost at San Diego 59-35. Jacksonville (1-5, 0-4 Pioneer Football League) hosts Butler this Saturday afternoon.

MARK QUATTLEBAUM — UNC-Charlotte (Sr., SL, Cartersville HS)… had one reception for four yards Saturday as the 49ers held off visiting Southern Miss, 20-17. Charlotte (4-4, 3-2 Conference USA) has a non-conference game Saturday at Tennessee.

MACLAND SHAY — New Mexico Highlands University (Fr., DB, Cass HS)… (photo right) saw action in his seventh game this season during the Cowboys’ 43-38 loss at Chadron State College (Neb.). NMHU (3-6, 3-5 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference) hosts Western State Colorado this Saturday afternoon.

GARRETT SHELTON — Alabama State University (Fr., LS, Cartersville HS)… the long snapper saw action at Legion Field in Birmingham Saturday during the Hornets’ 27-10 loss to Alabama A&M. Alabama State (2-5, 1-2 Southwestern Athletic Conference) hosts Texas Southern in conference action this Saturday afternoon.

BRANDON WADE — Ellsworth CC (So., DL, Cartersville HS)… had one tackle in the Panthers’ 42-6 loss Saturday at Butler CC (KS). Ellsworth (1-8, 0-2 Iowa Community College Athletic Conference) hosts Coffeyville CC (KS) this Saturday afternoon.

JAKE WALKER — Furman University (So., TE, Cartersville, GA; Darlington HS)… started at tight end for the seventh game this season and was targeted once Saturday without a catch in the Paladins’ 28-17 victory at The Citadel. Furman (3-4, 3-2 Southern Conference) hosts Chattanooga this Saturday afternoon.


SPENCER FIELDS — Rhodes College (Sr., Kingston, GA; Darlington HS)… finished second individually of 80 runners as the Lynx dominated the eight-team Southern Athletic Association Championship Meet Saturday at the Shelby Farms Course in Memphis. Rhodes had the top four individual runners and finished with five in the top nine to win the conference title. The win was a fourth-straight conference title for the Lynx. Oglethorpe University was second and Berry College finished third. Fields covered the 8K course in 25:25 averaging 5:06 per mile. Fields and the 25th-ranked Rhodes College team advances to the NCAA D-III South/Southeast Regional November 10 at Berry College in Rome attempting to qualify for the NCAA D-III National Championships in Wisconsin the following week.


ELIJAH ROBINSON — Villa San Martin (1st yr. pro; F, Emmanuel College, Excel Christian Academy; Argentine Pro League)… scored eight points with six rebounds, and two assists in his team’s 83-74 loss to Hindu Club Friday night. Robinson is averagine 16 points, five rebounds, and one assist through the first three games of the season. Villa San Martin (1-2) plays at Independiente this Friday night.


EMILY COLLUM — Georgia Southwestern State University (Fr., F, Adairsville HS)… took one shot on goal but did not score last Wednesday in a 3-1 home win over Albany State. She then took a pair of shots — neither on goal — in a 3-1 Peach Belt Conference loss Saturday against visiting Lander University. Collum played 53 minutes against Albany State and 84 against Lander. The Hurricanes’ season ends with a 3-14 overall record. They were 0-10 in conference and failed to qualify for the eight-team PBC Tournament.

KATELYNN LAWHORN — Life University (So., MF, Adairsville HS)… played 71 minutes in a 4-0 loss to visiting Middle Georgia State last Wednesday and took one shot Sunday in a 5-2 loss at 14th-ranked Lindsey Wilson College (KY). Life wrapped up the regular season with a 6-10 mark.

KURT MOORE — Birmingham Southern College (Jr., GK, Euharlee, GA; Darlington HS)… made 13 saves in his fourth start of the season, but allowed an overtime goal in a 1-0 loss last Tuesday to Talladega College. BSC (10-5-2) had its season end Saturday with a loss to Berry College in the Southern Athletic Association Championship Tournament in Atlanta.

MARISSA MOWRY — Anderson University (Fr., F, Cartersville HS)… played 21 minutes off the bench in a 3-0 win last Wednesday at Coker College. She added seven minutes of playing time in the Trojans’ 2-0 loss Saturday to visiting Lenoir-Rhyne University. Anderson (7-7-1, 6-3-1 South Atlantic Conference) opens the SAC Tournament Tuesday at home against Catawba College.

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