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Athletes Beyond Bartow: Lawrence starts first NFL game, Howard collects MLB win

Former Cartersville High School quarterback Trevor Lawrence made his first regular season start for the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday in a 37-21 loss to the Houston Texans. The overall No. 1 NFL Draft selection out of Clemson completed 55 percent of his passes Sunday for 332 yards and three touchdowns, but was also picked off three times in the loss.

In Major League Basebal, former Hurricanes pitcher Sam Howard collected his third win of the season last week as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Detroit Tigers 3-2 on Tuesday. The left handed reliever made two other appearances during the week.



Trevor Lawrence started his first NFL regular season game Sunday at the Houston Texans in a 37-21 loss.

TREVOR LAWRENCE — Jacksonville Jaguars (Rookie season; Cartersville HS)… started his first NFL regular season game Sunday at the Houston Texans in a 37-21 loss. The 21-year-old quarterback was 28-for-51 passing for 332 yards and three touchdowns. He also threw three interceptions for the first time in his career — high school, college, and now professional. The loss also marked the first time Lawrence has had a losing record as a starting quarterback at any level. "It obviously sucks," Lawrence told his postgame presser. "Losing's always hard, especially when you feel like you're prepared and had a great week and really think we were ready. Just obviously didn't play well. It starts with me. I played really bad tonight. Disappointing for sure. I still believe in this team. I still know what we're capable of. We did some good things. We started off with some penalties, three-and-out; but then after that, we had a couple good drives, we're hitting some big plays. There's a lot of good things there, and we've got to keep doing those and learn from the bad. We've got to watch it and learn from it, for sure, but then flip the page. It's a long season. We can't let this snowball. We've got to move on and go win next week.” Lawrence’s first touchdown toss was to tight end Chris Manhertz from 22 yards and cut the Texans lead to 14-7 at the time. His other touchdown throws were a 41-yarder to D.J. Chark and a 4-yarder to Marvin Jones with just five seconds remaining in the game. Jacksonville (0-1) plays its home opener Sunday against the Denver Broncos.


SAM HOWARD — Pittsburgh Pirates (8th-year pro; Cartersville HS) . . . made three appearances for the Pirates last week and picked up his third pitching win of the season. The 28-year-old worked a scoreless sixth inning Tuesday giving up one hit and one walk. His effort put him in position to earn a home win against the Detroit Tigers. He also worked two innings Friday against the Washington Nationals in a Pirates win. The southpaw gave up a solo home run to Josh Bell but also struck out two in the sixth and seventh innings. Sunday, Howard worked a scoreless ninth inning yielding one hit and one walk in a 6-2 loss to the Nationals. In 46 appearances this season, Howard is 3-4 with a 6.03 ERA across 37.1 innings with 47 strikeouts.

CONNOR JUSTUS — Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (6th-year pro; Miami Marlins organization; Cartersville HS)… the 26-year-old infielder appeared in six home games last week — one against Biloxi and five against Charlotte. He was 3-for-18 at the plate with one HBP and one RBI. For the season, Justus has a .197 batting average in 234 official at bats splitting time between Double-A Pensacola and Triple-A Jacksonville. He has two home runs and 24 RBIs. Jacksonville (65-49) trails division-leading Durham by 6-1/2 games with only 16 games remaining in the regular season. The Jumbo Shrimp play a series at the Norfolk Tides Tuesday through Sunday.


TERRY BERDIN — Reinhardt University (Jr., Cartersville HS)… had four rushing attempts for 12 yards and caught one pass for 13 yards in the Eagles’ 45-0 home win Saturday over Warner University. Reinhardt (1-1) hosts Campbellsville University (KY) Saturday at 12 noon.

CHRIS BLACKSTON — University of West Georgia (Sr., Adairsville HS)… the Wolves’ starting safety made three tackles including one for loss in a 47-0 win Saturday over Morehouse College. UWG (2-0) hosts Gulf South Conference foe Delta State Saturday night.

BRYCE BURGESS — Reinhardt University (Jr., Adairsville HS)… had six carries for 17 yards including a five yard touchdown in the Eagles’ blowout home win over Warner. Reinhardt (1-1) entertains visiting Campbellsville Saturday.

TREY CREAMER — UNC Charlotte (R-Sr., Cartersville HS)… started in the 49ers’ secondary, had one tackle for loss, a forced fumble, and a pass break up in a 38-10 win over Gardner-Webb. Charlotte (2-0) heads to Atlanta Saturday night to face Georgia State.

JONATHAN CRUZ — UNC Charlotte (Sr., Cartersville HS)… made a 29-yard field goal, all five of his PAT kicks, and booted all seven of his kickoffs for touchbacks in the 49ers’ 38-10 victory Saturday over Gardner-Webb. Charlotte (2-0) plays at Georgia State Saturday night.

JORDAN FERGUSON — Middle Tennessee State University (R-Jr., Cartersville HS)… had one tackle for loss and two quarterback hurries in a 35-14 Blue Raiders loss at Virginia Tech. MTSU (1-1) plays at Texas-San Antonio Saturday.

JONAH GAMBILL — University of Memphis (R-Fr., Cartersville HS)… was active on the Tigers’ offensive line in a 55-50 win at Arkansas State Saturday night. Memphis (2-0) hosts MIssissippi State this Saturday afternoon.

ZAY JACKSON — Missouri Baptist University (Fr., Cass HS)… had one tackle in the Spartans’ 31-7 victory Saturday at Iowa Wesleyan. MBU (2-0) hosts Madonna University Saturday in St. Louis.

JaCOREY JOHNS — Wake Forest University (R-So., Cartersville HS)… had three tackles including one for a loss in the Deamon Deacons 41-16 win Saturday over Virginia State. Wake Forest (2-0) hosts Florida State Saturday afternoon.

MANNY JONES — Colorado State University (Grad Student, Woodland HS)… made three tackles including one for a loss Saturday in the Rams’ 24-21 loss Saturday night at Vanderbilt. CSU (0-2) plays at Toledo this Saturday afternoon.

TITUS JONES — Colorado State University (R-So., Woodland HS)… saw action in last Saturday’s 24-21 loss at Vanderbilt. The Rams (0-2) travel to Toledo this week.

BRADLEY KIRK — Shorter University (Sr., Cartersville HS)… was credited with one tackle Saturday in the Hawks’ 28-12 loss at Albany State. Shorter (1-1) plays Saturday at Clark-Atlanta University.

JACOB POTTER — Kennesaw State University (Sr., Adairsville HS)… the Owls’ long snapper in a 45-17 loss at Georgia Tech. KSU (1-1) plays at Wofford Saturday night.

JOHN SCIFERS — University Incarnate Word (Grad Student, Woodland HS)… made field goals of 45 and 49 yards, converted 4 of 5 PAT kicks, and kicked off five times for a 49.2 yard average in the Cardinals’ 40-9 win Saturday night over Prairie View A&M. The 49-yard kick was a career long for Scifers. UIW (1-1) plays at Texas State this Saturday night.

EVAN SLOCUM — Wake Forest University (Fr., Cartersville HS)… made six tackles Saturday in a 41-16 win over visiting Norfolk State. The Deacons (2-0) host Florida State Saturday afternoon in their ACC opener.

TEE WEBB — University of Southern Mississippi (Fr., Cartersville HS)… the Louisville transfer quarterback was listed as a participant but had no stats in Saturday’s 37-0 home win over Grambling State. USM (1-1) entertains Troy Saturday night at 6 p.m.

BRYCE WILKINS — Reinhardt University (So., Cartersville HS)… a starter on the Eagles’ offensive line that rolled up 441 yards of total offense in a 45-0 win over Warner University. Reinhardt (1-1) hosts Campbellsville Saturday at noon.


COURTNEY RHEA — Berry College (Sr., Cartersville HS)… came off the bench and played 15 minutes in the Vikings’ 3-0 win last Wednesday over visiting Covenant College. She saw 18 minutes of action Saturday as a reserve during a 2-0 blanking of Brevard College and took a pair of shots in 16 minutes off the bench Sunday as the Vikings won at Wesleyan, 6-1. Berry (3-2) plays at Maryville College Wednesday night.

MADISON SHOOK — Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (Fr., Cass HS)… was a starter in Tuesday’s 5-1 win over Andrew College. The Fillies (1-0) play at South Georgia State Tuesday.


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