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Athletes Beyond Bartow: The weekly update on local athletes across the nation

Trevor Lawrence and the Jacksonville Jaguars dropped their third consecutive game Sunday, falling at the Los Angeles Rams 37-7. The victory snapped a three game losing streak for the Rams who remain among the top five teams in the NFC through the first 13 weeks of the season. In college football action, the schedule ends for local specialists on NCAA FCS teams while local players at Wake Forest — JaCorey Johns, Evan Slocum, and Isaiah Chaney — had their hopes for an ACC Championship end Saturday night with a 45-21 loss to Pittsburgh.

This week’s report also includes updates for local athletes playing professional and college basketball.


TREVOR LAWRENCE — Jacksonville Jaguars (Rookie season, Cartersville HS) … finished 16-for-28 through the air for 145 yards in Sunday’s 37-7 loss at the Los Angeles Rams. Lawrence added 10 rushing yards on four attempts. The Jags (2-10) lost their fourth straight. The Rams (8-4) snapped a three game losing skid. Jacksonville plays at the Tennessee Titans Sunday afternoon.


JaCOREY JOHNS — Wake Forest University (R-So., Cartersville HS) … saw action in the Demon Deacons’ ACC Championship Game 45-21 loss to Pittsburgh but failed to record any stats. Wake Forest (10-3) awaits its school-record sixth consecutive bowl game assignment.

JACOB POTTER — Kennesaw State University (Sr., Adairsville HS) … the Owls’ long snapper for field goals, extra points, and punts wrapped up his senior campaign in KSU’s NCAA FCS playoff loss Saturday at East Tennessee State. The 4th-ranked Owls let a 14-point lead slip away in the final 1:48 and lost when ETSU converted a game-winning two-point play for a 32-31 win. Kennesaw State’s season ends with an 11-2 record.

JOHN SCIFERS — University Incarnate Word (Grad Student, Woodland HS) … booted three of seven kickoffs for touchbacks Saturday in the Cardinals’ 49-42 NCAA FCS playoff loss at top-ranked Sam Houston. UIW led the No. 1 Bearkats 14-10 early in the second quarter and later tied the game at 42-all with 7:50 left to play, but Sam Houston drove 75-yards and scored with 2:07 remaining to advance. The Cardinals’ season ends with a school-record 10-3 mark.

EVAN SLOCUM — Wake Forest University (Fr., Cartersville HS) … was an active participant in Wake’s 45-21 ACC Championship Game loss to Pittsburgh Saturday night but did not make the stat sheet. Wake Forest (10-3) will be assigned its school record sixth-straight bowl game Sunday.


ASHTON HAGANS — Raptors 905 (NBA G-League; Cartersville native) … the former Kentucky Wildcat who played his high school hoops at Newton High School in Covington, came off the Raptors’ bench Saturday in a 128-109 loss to the Capital City Go Go to score four points with two rebounds, five assists, two steals, and a blocked shot in 24 minutes of playing time. In a rematch with Capital City Monday morning, the Go Go led 20-0 early before Hagans scored 10 points with four assists and three steals in a Raptors 120-113 come-from-behind win. Raptors 905 is now 4-4 in the NBA-G League’s East Division. They host games with the Maine Celtics Thursday night and Saturday afternoon.

JUSTICE HAYES — South Georgia Tech (So., Cass HS) … in a pair of losses last week, Hayes totaled nine points, with four assists, two blocked shots, and one rebound. The Jets dropped games to Gulf Coast State College and at Chipola College. South Georgia Tech (6-5) has a rematch with Gulf Coast State Thursday and meets Florida Southwestern State at Panama City Friday.

DiANTHONY HEATHCOCK — Columbia International University (So., Woodland HS) … scored 12 points with six rebounds and a pair of steals last Wednesday in a 92-79 home win over Milligan. Saturday afternoon, he grabbed five rebounds and scored four points in a 62-61 loss at Tennessee Wesleyan. The Rams (6-4) have an exhibition Tuesday night at D-I Campbell University and travel to Marietta to challenge Life University this Saturday afternoon.

T.J. HORTON — Georgia Highlands College (Fr., Cartersville HS) … scored five points with two rebounds and a pair of assists last Friday during a 74-58 loss at Chipola College. He came off the bench Saturday to score 10 points in a 78-76 loss at Gulf Coast State. Horton also had three rebounds, two assists, and a steal in the loss Saturday. The Chargers (4-6) host Middle Georgia Prep Wednesday.

JOSIE SUMMERVILLE — North Park University (Sr., Adairsville HS) … played 21 minutes, grabbed six rebounds with one assist and one steal this past Saturday afternoon as the Vikings defeated Chicago University 73-64 for their fifth straight victory. NPU (6-1) hosts Carthage College Wednesday night and Elmhurst University Saturday afternoon. NAKIYAH WASHINGTON — Piedmont College (Jr., Adairsville HS) … scored nine points while collecting four rebounds with one assist, one steal, and one blocked shot as the Lions won at Huntingdon College 59-53 this past Saturday afternoon. Piedmont (5-2, 1-0 USA South Athletic Conference) has home games Tuesday against Maryville College (Tennessee) and Saturday vs. Berea College (Kentucky).


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