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Athletes Beyond Bartow: Lawrence leads Jags to win over Titans; Henson wins Keystone Classic title

November 20, 2023 Charles Wilson /

This week's edition of Athletes Beyond Bartow features updates on more than two dozen pro and college competitors.

Former Cartersville High quarterback Trevor Lawrence helped lead the Jacksonville Jaguars to an AFC South Division win over the Tennessee Titans and former Woodland wrestler Caleb Henson won the Keystone Classic in dominant fashion.


TREVOR LAWRENCE — Jacksonville Jaguars (NFL; 3rd-yr. pro; QB; Clemson; Cartersville HS) … was 24-for-32 passing for 262 yards and two touchdowns Sunday afternoon in a 34-14 home win over the Tennessee Titans. He added five rushing attempts for 17 yards and two more touchdowns. Lawrence had a 3-yard touchdown pass to Calvin Ridley in the first quarter as the Jags carried a 13-0 lead to the intermission. In the second half, he had a 20-yard touchdown pass to Ridley and touchdown runs of 9- and 5-yards. Jacksonville (7-3) heads to Houston to face the Texans on Sunday afternoon.


ASHTON HAGANS — Rip City Remix (4th yr. pro; Cartersville native; Kentucky; Newton HS) … had 11 points, five assists, three rebounds, and two steals last Friday in a 114-110 loss to the South Bay Lakers. He then scored four points with three assists, three steals, one rebound, and one blocked shot Saturday in a 103-75 loss to the Ontario Clippers. Rip City (2-3) plays Ontario on Monday before facing the Salt Lake City Stars on Friday and Sunday.


KOLBE BENHAM — Marist College (R-So., Cartersville HS) … saw action but did not have a stat line in a 38-21 home loss to Bucknell this past Saturday. Benham saw action in all 11 games for the Red Foxes this season and recorded 19 tackles including one tackle for a loss. Marist finished the 2023 season with a 4-7 record and was 4-4 in the Pioneer Football League.

COLLIN FLETCHER — Reinhardt University (Fr., Cartersville HS) … had one reception for 18 yards in the Eagles’ 55-7 NAIA first-round playoff loss at St. Thomas University in Miami Gardens, Florida. Fletcher finished his first collegiate season with 19 catches for 462 yards and four touchdowns. He added two rushes for 25 yards playing in 10 of the Eagles’ 11 games. Reinhardt’s season ends with an 8-3 record.

JONAH GAMBILL — University of Memphis (R-Jr., Cartersville HS) … a starter on the Tigers’ offensive line that produced 464 yards of offense but lost at home to SMU, 38-34. Memphis (8-3, 5-2 American Athletic Conference) plays at Temple on Friday afternoon.

SHADRE HURST — Tulane University (R-Fr., Cartersville HS) … a starter on the offensive line for the Green Wave, Hurst was part of a unit that produced 336 total yards in a 24-8 win this past Saturday at Florida Atlantic in Boca Raton. 17th-ranked Tulane (10-1, 7-0 American Athletic Conference) carries a nine-game winning streak into Friday’s regular-season finale at home against UTSA.

SAM PHILLIPS — UT-Chattanooga (R-So., Cartersville HS) … had a pair of pass receptions for 17 yards this past Saturday in a 66-10 loss at 8th-ranked Alabama. For the season, Phillips caught 52 passes for 537 yards and four touchdowns. He added four punt returns this season for 38 yards. Chattanooga finishes the season 7-4 overall and 6-2 in the Southern Conference.

DEVONTE ROSS — Troy University (So., Cartersville HS) … caught four passes for 47 yards and had one kick return for 20 yards this past Saturday in the Trojans’ 31-24 home win over Louisiana. Troy (9-2, 6-1 Sun Belt Conference) plays at Southern Miss on Saturday.


HARPER POWELL — Florida Tech (Jr., Adairsville HS) … was on the second place 200-yard freestyle relay team (1:35.18); ninth in the 50-yard freestyle (24.48); on the seventh place 200-yard medley relay team (1:47.82); and was 15th (1:01.80) in the 100-yard backstroke as the Lady Panthers finished runner-up to Indian River State College at the six-team Panther Invitational this past weekend. Florida Tech will host SCAD-Savannah for their next meet on Friday, December 15.


ANGEL BANDA — Reinhardt University (Sr., Adairsville HS) … had a decision victory this past Saturday at 125-pounds in a home 19-17 win over 3rd-ranked Southeastern University. He also picked up a forfeit win as the Eagles beat Montreat (North Carolina) 47-3.  Next for 3rd-ranked Reinhardt is a meet on Saturday, December 9 at Lindsey Wilson College (Kentucky).

Caleb Henson

CALEB HENSON — Virginia Tech (So., Woodland HS) … put on a takedown clinic at the Keystone Classic in Philadelphia this past Sunday to outscore the field 72-13 without surrendering a single offensive point. Henson was one of four Hokies to win weight class titles at the prestigious event. Henson went major decision, tech fall, tech fall, and tech fall to pick up a dominant title a year after the All-American placed third at the same tournament. Last Friday, Henson scored a 4-1 win over 23rd-ranked Jacob Butler as the 8th-ranked Hokies earned a 19-12 win at 13th-ranked Rutgers. Virginia Tech heads to Las Vegas this weekend for the Cliff Keen Invitational.

CHARLES HIGDON — Lander University (Fr., Woodland HS) … competing in the 197-pound division, Higdon went 3-2 including two pins and one major decision at the Life University Invitational last Saturday in Marietta. The Bearcats are back on the mats Wednesday, November 29 at home against the University of Mount Olive.

BRYCE KRESHO — Franklin & Marshall College (So., Cass HS) ... went 2-3 and placed eighth at the Keystone Classic in Philadelphia this past Sunday. Franklin & Marshall finished fifth of ten teams behind Penn, Virginia Tech, Drexel, and Appalachian State. The Diplomats also finished 10th of 28 teams last Saturday at the Shorty Hitchcock Memorial in Millersville, Pennsylvania. Franklin & Marshall will host Michigan State, VMI, Presbyterian, and Bloomsburg this weekend.

CADEN McCRARY — University of North Carolina (R-So., Woodland HS) … in matches Sunday in Champaign, Illinois he won his bout at 133 pounds with a 6-3 decision as 22nd-ranked North Carolina defeated Central Michigan 25-10. He then lost an 8-0 decision to his opponent from Illinois as the Tar Heels lost 20-13. North Carolina will compete in the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational this weekend. 

TYLER-XAVIER McKNIGHT — Davidson College (Fr., Cass HS) … competing at 149-pounds, McKnight made it to the consolation semifinals of the Navy Classic in Annapolis before falling 4-1 just one match before the third-place bout. Up next for the Wildcats is dual action with George Mason on December 2 in Fairfax, Virginia.

JABRIL WILLIAMS — Midway University (Jr., Cartersville HS) … lost in a major decision last Wednesday in the Eagles’ 27-16 loss at the University of Montevallo. Next for Midway is the Blithe Memorial Duals in Grand Rapids, Michigan on December 1-2.


BRAXTON BENHAM — Berry College (Jr., Cass HS) … produced a double-double last Friday with 19 points and 10 rebounds as the Vikings beat Southern Virginia University in Salem, Virginia. In Saturday’s loss to Roanoke College in Salem, Benham had 23 points and five boards. In the two games, he also totaled 10 assists and eight steals. Berry (1-2) visits LaGrange College Tuesday night and hosts Emory University on Sunday afternoon.

CLAIRE DAVIS — Palm Beach Atlantic University (So., Cass HS) … scored three points and had six rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one blocked shot in a 73-65 Sailfish home win over West Alabama. PBAU (2-1) will Daeman University on Friday and Purdue Northwest on Saturday at the Nova Southeastern University Thanksgiving Classic.

JA’KA’YAH DRAUGHN — Chattanooga State CC (Fr., Cartersville HS) … in a brief appearance last Wednesday against Cleveland State CC, Draughn had one assist. The Tigers (4-0) host Georgia Highlands CC on Tuesday.

JUSTICE HAYES — Point University (Jr., Cass HS) … coming off the Skyhawks’ bench, Hayes scored three points last Wednesday in a 78-68 loss at Life University. He then scored 11 points and grabbed a pair of rebounds Saturday in a 92-81 loss at Dalton State. Point (5-3, 0-2 Appalachian Athletic Conference) plays an exhibition Monday night at West Georgia.

DiANTHONY HEATHCOCK — Columbia International University (Sr., Woodland HS) … scored 23 points with seven rebounds, two steals, and one assist in a home 88-74 win over Truett-McConnell University. At Tennessee Wesleyan on Saturday the 6-7 forward scored seven points with seven rebounds and one assist in a 70-67 victory. The Rams (5-1, 4-0 Appalachian Athletic Conference) host Bluefield University (Virginia) on Tuesday and will play in The Show in Kingsport, Tennessee Friday and Saturday. CIU will play Indiana University-Kokomo and Cumberland University (Tennessee).

HALEY JOHNSON — Central Georgia Tech CC (So., Cass HS) … scored 10 points and grabbed five rebounds last Wednesday in a 74-71 loss at Southern Uniion State CC. The Titans (1-6) visit Spartanburg Methodist Tuesday night.

KEARA McDANIEL — Toccoa Falls College (So., Cass HS) … scored one point with one rebound and one steal last Tuesday in a 67-48 home win over Paine College. She then scored two points and had two steals this past Saturday in a 74-56 win over Mississippi University for Women in a game played in Pensacola. The Screaming Eagles (5-1) play an exhibition at Young Harris College on Saturday.

T.J. PRINTUP — Tusculum University (R-Fr., Adairsville HS) … saw action but had no stat line last Wednesday in an 85-70 loss at USC-Aiken. He then scored 14 points with six rebounds and one steal in Saturday’s 81-80 home win over 8th-ranked UNC-Pembroke. Tusculum (2-1) hosts the University of North Georgia on Tuesday night.

ABIGAIL TAYLOR — Centre College (So., Woodland HS) … in limited minutes in a pair of home games vs. Averett University and Warren Wilson College over the past weekend, Taylor totaled one point, one assist, and three rebounds as the Colonels won 74-37 and 90-39. Centre (4-0) plays at Hanover College on Monday night.

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