Athletes Beyond Bartow: Lawrence stars as Clemson locks down ACC title game berth, Washington record
Cartersville High grad Trevor Lawrence met a former Canes’ teammate on the gridiron Saturday and for the second time, the Tigers rolled up 52 points in a blowout win.
Saturday, the Tigers and Lawrence passed for 272 yards and a season-high four touchdowns facing Wake Forest and former Canes’ all-state performer, JaCorey Johns. Lawrence has now gone a month without throwing an interception after tossing eight picks in his first seven games.
Clemson, No. 3 in the College Football Playoff rankings, plays South Carolina (Nov. 30) and will be in the ACC championship game December 7.
On the hardwoods, freshman Nakiyah Washington recorded a pair of double-doubles. The former Adairsville star had 49 points and 27 rebounds in three games for Piedmont.
CADE ARCHER (Reinhardt, Fr., Cartersville) — Archer recorded one offensive rebound in an 81-77 road loss to Montreat (NC) Saturday in Appalachian Athletic Conference action. Archer didn’t see any playing time in a 69-54 defeat against Truett McConnell Wednesday.
JACQUEZ FOUNTAIN (Albany Tech, Fr., Cass) — Fountain scored eight points in each game as Albany Tech split a pair of contests with Enterprise State and Bishop State. In the loss to Enterprise State, Fountain had five rebounds and an assist. In Friday’s win, he chipped in four steals, three rebounds, and two assists.
ASHTON HAGAINS (Kentucky, So., Cartersville native) — Hagans had three points, three assists, and two rebounds in the Wildcats’ upset loss to Evansville last Tuesday at home. The shocking defeat inside Rupp Arena saw Kentucky fall from first to ninth in the AP poll.
WHITNEY HARRIS (Toccoa Falls, So., Woodland) — Harris scored 15 combined points, shooting 5-of-12 from beyond the arc, across two games last week. She added three total rebounds and one assist in defeats to Brevard (last Tuesday) and Florida College (Friday).
CARTER HEDDEN (Hocking, So., Cass) — Hedden saw a dozen minutes apiece in a 102-94 loss and 112-68 win for the high-scoring Hawks. He had four points, one rebound, one assist, and one steal in a loss to Cincinnati Clermont while adding two points, two assists, and a steal in a victory over Malone JV.
KIMORA McCLINIC (Middle Georgia State, Jr., Cartersville) — McClinic scored two points in eah of the Knights’ games over the past seven days. She added one rebound in 16 total minutes in losses to Vorhees (67-45) and Brenau (92-86).
KYLA MICHIENZI (Piedmont, Fr., Cass) — Michienzi scored five points with one rebound in 12 minutes of an 84-67 home loss to Emory Wednesday. She saw four minutes but recorded no stats in a 75-69 win over William Peace Saturday in Danville, Virginia.
JANA MORNING (Berry, Jr., Cass) — Morning struggled shooting from the floor but made up for it in other areas to help Berry defeat Brevard in its lone game of the week. Morning had four of her seven points from the foul line, while adding seven assists, three rebounds, and three steals.
JAYLON PUGH (Furman, So., Cartersville) — Pugh went 4-of-6 from deep, scoring six points apiece, in wins over Charleston Southern and Southern Wesleyan last week. He also had one rebound in each game.
JOSIE SUMMERVILLE (North Park, So., Adairsville) — Summerville started North Park’s two opening games of the season last week. She only played 28 total minutes as the Vikings routed Beloit 72-40 and Coe 72-47 over the weekend. Summerville totaled five points and five rebounds in Saturday’s victory over Beloit. She finished with seven points, three steals, and two rebounds in Sunday’s triumph over Coe.
DARIUS THROWER (Truett-McConnell, Sr., Excel Christian) — Thrower scored 14 points on 5-of-10 shooting, including a 4-for-9 mark from deep, in 30 minutes of Wednesday’s win over Reinhardt. He added three assists, one rebound, and one steal. ALEXIS WARE (Piedmont, Fr., Cass) — Ware had two quiet games sandwiched around a solid showing in a three-game week of r Piedmont. She finished with four points, five rebounds, and four steals in Saturday’s win over William Peace. Ware totaled two rebounds and an assist in the loss to Emory and a 68-56 win over Averett Sunday in Danville, Virginia.
NAKIYAH WASHINGTON (Piedmont, Fr., Adairsville) — Washington recorded a double-double — her second in as many days — in her first career start in Sunday’s victory over Averett. She piled up 18 points, 10 rebounds, four steals, and a block in the win. She played 32 minutes, having seen her time on the court increase in every game thus far. Washington finished with 16 points, four rebounds, four steals, two assists, and a block in Wednesday’s loss. Saturday’s double-double against William Peace saw Washington score 15 points and pull down 13 rebounds. In total, 11 of her 27 rebounds for the week came on the offensive end of the floor.
CARROD WATSON (North Georgia, Sr., Woodland) — Watson played 17 minutes, scoring five points, and added three rebounds in North Georgia’s two most recent games — a 75-68 home win to Emmanuel Wednesday and an 87-81 overtime loss to Southern Wesleyan Saturday.
VIC BEASLEY (Atlanta Falcons; Adairsville) — Beasley recorded his fourth sack of the season as the Falcons defense completely dominated the Carolina Panthers Sunday in a 29-3 road win. It marks the second consecutive game that the Falcons have not allowed a touchdown. In total, Beasley had two tackles, taking him to 25 on the season with a pass defended.
TERRY BERDIN (Reinhardt, So., Cartersville) — Berdin had a 13-yard gain on his only carry in a 63-0 blowout win over Union College Saturday. Reinhardt finished the regular season 9-2. The Eagles will face Marian in the first round of the NAIA FCS championship Saturday in Indianapolis.
CHRIS BLACKSTON (West Georgia, Sr., Adairsville) — Blackston finished as joint-leader in tackles during Saturday’s 42-14 loss to top-ranked Valdosta State. He had seven total stops, including four solo.
BRYCE BURGESS (Reinhardt, So., Adairsville) — Burgess totaled 13 yards on three carries in Saturday’s win.
MARCUS CHILDERS (Northern Illinois, R-Jr., Adairsville) — Childers ran for two touchdowns and picked up a huge first down late in the game to help set up the Huskies’ game-winning field goal in a 31-28 Wednesday win over Toledo. Despite conceding a majority of the quarterback reps to Ross Bowers, Childers has been a valuable weapon in spots for NIU. He completed all three of his pass attempts for 29 yards and totaled 57 rushing yards on just five attempts. His 40-yard touchdown run on an option keeper gave the Huskies a 14-7 lead, and his 1-yard sneak put the team ahead 28-7. Toledo rallied back to tie the game, but Childers went 11 yards on a third-and-2 play to help set up a 25-yard field goal for the win.
DALEN CURTIS (Brevard, Jr., Cartersville) — Curtis was a starter but had no other stats in a 42-3 rout of Greensboro College (NC) Saturday on the road.
KURTIS FEANEY (Lenoir-Rhyne, So., Woodland) — Feanny saw time a Lenoir-Rhyne completed an undefeated regular season with a 49-3 demolition of Catawba Saturday in Salisbury, North Carolina. LRU hosts Miles in the first round of the NCAA D-II playoffs this week.
HUNTER HARDIN (Point, Jr., Woodland) — Hardin started at center as point topped Bluefield (VA) 24-6 Saturday at home. Point picked up 306 yards of offense in the win. SEAN HOLTON (Davidson, Jr., Cartersville) — As starting free safety, Holton finished with two tackles in Davidson’s 42-14 win over Stetson Saturday in DeLand, Florida.
JaCOREY JOHNS (Wake Forest, R-Fr., Cartersville ) — A starter at defensive end, Johns recorded four tackles (two solo) in a 52-3 loss to 3rd-ranked Clemson Saturday on the road.
BRADLEY KIRK (Shorter, So., Cartersville) — Kirk finished with five tackles, including three solo, in Saturday’s 42-3 loss at Florida Tech.
TREVOR LAWRENCE (Clemson, So., Cartersville) — Lawrence picked apart Wake Forest Saturday, completing 21 of 27 passes for 272 yards and four touchdowns as the Tigers routed the Deacons 52-3. His first three scores went to Tee Higgins — two 14-yarders and a 30-yarder Two of the touchdowns came in the final 42 seconds of the first half, including the 30-yard score with 13 ticks remaining. He also had a 10-yard TD pass to Frank Ladson Jr. Clemson has an open date this week ahead of a rivalry clash with South Carolina to end the regular season Nov. 30 in Columbia.
EMMANUEL JONES (Colorado State, Jr., Woodland) — Jones had a monster game against Air Force, forcing a fumble and registering five tackles in a 38-21 loss Saturday at home. Of his handful of tackles, three were solo and 1.5 went for a loss.
JACOB POTTER (Kennesaw State, So., Adairsville) — Potter and the Owls rolled to a 50-7 win over Hampton Saturday on the road. The 11th-ranked team in FCS will close out the regular season at home against Gardner-Webb this weekend.
NICK ROOT (Carson-Newman, R-Fr., Cartersville) — Root saw action for the Eagles in a dominant 42-13 home win over Tusculum Saturday in Jefferson City, Tennessee.
AVERY SHOWELL (Georgia Tech, R-So., Cartersville) — Showell finished with three tackles, including two solo, in a 45-0 loss to Virginia Tech Saturday in Atlanta.
JAKE WALKER (Furman, Jr., Cartersville native) — Walker started at tight end but didn’t catch any passes in a 24-7 defeat to Wofford Saturday.
BRYCE WILKINS (Reinhardt, So., Cartersville) — Wilkins made the participation report for the Eagles’ lopsided win Saturday.
PAYTON PUTZER (Young Harris, Jr., Cartersville) — Putzer started and played 71 minutes in a 3-0 loss to North Georgia in the quarterfinals of the Peach Belt Conference tournament. The Mountain Lions finished the season with a 6-11 overall record.