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Athletes Beyond Bartow: Trevor Lawrence leads Jags to win over Colts

It was a busy week for Bartow County athletes at the professional and collegiate level with locals contributing in the NFL, MiLB baseball, professional golf, college football, college volleyball, college cross country, and college soccer.

At the professional level, Quarterback Trevor Lawrence was 25-for-30 passing Sunday afternoon to help lead the Jacksonville Jaguars to a 24-0 home win over the Indianapolis Colts. Pitcher Sam Howard made a pair of scoreless appearances during the week for the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens and pro golfer Maggie Ashmore had her best tournament of the 2022 Epson Tour season finishing tied for tenth at the Guardian Championship.

Meanwhile, almost two dozen collegiate athletes made contributions across the country with their respective programs.


SAM HOWARD — Toledo Mud Hens (9th yr. pro; Triple-A Detroit Tigers organization; Georgia Southern; Cartersville HS) … made scoreless appearances last Thursday and Saturday at Indianapolis lowering his season MiLB ERA to 3.55 in 38 appearances. Thursday in a 12-3 win, the southpaw walked two and allowed one hit in the seventh inning but escaped the frame with two flyouts and a groundout. Friday, he walked two and had one strikeout in the fifth inning to earn his ninth hold of the year during an 8-7 win. Toledo (80-59) has ten games remaining in the regular season and trails division leading Nashville by 4.5 games. The Mud Hens have a seven-game home series Tuesday through Sunday against the Columbus Clippers.


MAGGIE ASHMORE — Epson Tour Golf (3rd year pro; Augusta University; Kingston, GA) … fired rounds of 72-69-65 Friday through Sunday and finished in a tenth place tie at the Epson Tour’s Guardian Championship in Prattville, Alabama. The 54-hole tournament was conducted at the 6,569-yard, par-72 Capitol Hill Golf Club. The 27-year-old’s 10-under finish was four shots behind tournament winner Maria Torres. The next event on the Epson Tour is the Murphy USA El Dorado Shootout at Mystic Creek Golf Club in El Dorado, Arkansas September 23-25. Ashmore has also advanced to the Second Stage of LPGA Tour Qualifying October 18-21 at Plantation Golf and Country Club in Venice, Florida.


TREVOR LAWRENCE — Jacksonville Jaguars (NFL, 2nd-yr. pro; Clemson; Cartersville HS) … helped lead the Jaguars to a 24-0 home win Sunday over the Indianapolis Colts by completing 25 of 30 passes for 235 yards and a pair of touchdowns with no interceptions. He finished the game with a 121.5 quarterback rating. Lawrence also added 11 yards rushing on three attempts. Jacksonville (1-1) travels to the west coast next Sunday to play the San Diego Chargers.


KOLBE BENHAM — Marist College (R-Fr., Cartersville HS) ... recorded three total tackles last Saturday in the Red Foxes' 38-3 home loss to Columbia. He also had two tackles September 3 in a 43-12 home loss to Georgetown. Marist (0-2) plays at Drake University this Saturday afternoon.

HAYDEN CAGLE — Berry College (Fr., Cartersville HS) … a starter on the Vikings’ offensive line, Cagle was part of a unit that produced 261 total yards (229 passing / 32 rushing) this past Saturday in a 17-3 loss to NCAA D-III 4th-ranked Wisconsin-Whitewater. Berry (2-1) has a bye week before traveling to Birmingham-Southern College to open conference play October 1.

JONATHAN CRUZ — University of Mississippi (Sr., Cartersville HS) … was successful on all six PAT kicks and booted all seven of his kickoffs for touchbacks last Saturday as Ole Miss routed Georgia Tech in Atlanta, 42-0. His 51-yard field goal attempt late in the first quarter was blocked. 20th-ranked Ole Miss (3-0) entertains Tulsa Saturday afternoon.

JORDAN FERGUSON — Middle Tennessee State (Sr., Cartersville HS) … had six total tackles including 1.5 tackles for loss as the Blue Raiders defeated visiting Tennessee State 49-6. Ferguson prepped and played football at Norcross and St. Francis Academy before transferring and graduating from Cartersville High School. A defensive lineman, Ferguson is on the watch list for the Lombardi and Bednarik Awards. MTSU (2-1) travels to Coral Gables this Saturday to challenge the Miami Hurricanes.

DYLAN FORMAN — Shorter University (Sr., Woodland HS) … the Hawks’ tight end had two receptions this past Saturday for 19 yards. He also made two tackles on punt team coverage as Shorter dropped a 42-20 decision to 21st-ranked Albany State. Shorter (2-1) hosts NCAA D-II 2nd-ranked Valdosta State this Saturday at 12 noon.

JONAH GAMBILL — University of Memphis (So., Cartersville HS) … a starter on the Tigers’ offensive line, Gambill was part of a unit that produced 547 total yards (360 passing / 187 rushing) during a 44-32 home win over Arkansas State. Memphis (2-1) hosts North Texas this Saturday afternoon.

GAVIN GEROS — Shorter University (Fr., Cartersville HS) … the Hawks’ linebacker was credited with tackles on three consecutive plays during the fourth quarter this past Saturday in a 42-20 home loss to No. 21 Albany State. Shorter (2-1) hosts No. 2 Valdosta State this Saturday at Barron Stadium in a noon kickoff.

QUANTE JENNINGS — Presbyterian College (So., Cartersville HS) … had a long rush of 27 yards and totaled 39 yards on five carries in the Blue Hose’ 77-21 loss at Western Carolina. Presbyterian (1-2) begins Pioneer Football League conference play this Saturday night at home against Davidson.

JaCOREY JOHNS — Wake Forest University (R-Jr., Cartersville HS) … had five total tackles that included one sack and 1.5 tackles for loss as the Demon Deacons outlasted Liberty last Saturday 37-36. Wake Forest (3-0) opens ACC play Saturday at home against 5th-ranked Clemson.

TITUS JONES — Colorado State University (R-Jr., Woodland HS) … saw special teams duties but did not have a stat line this past Saturday in a 38-7 loss at Washington State. The Rams (0-3) play at home this week against Sacramento State.

La’KWAME JUPITER — North Carolina Wesleyan (So., Cartersville HS) … a starter at nose guard, Jupiter had one tackle this past Saturday in the Battling Bishops’ 42-7 home loss to Bridgewater State (MA). North Carolina Wesleyan (0-3) opens USA South conference play at home next Saturday against Southern Virginia.

SAM PHILLIPS — UT-Chattanooga (R-Fr., Cartersville HS) … made five catches for 96 yards including a 50-yard reception. He also had one carry for four yards and one kick return for 19 yards during a 41-14 homecoming win last Saturday night over North Alabama. FCS No. 9-ranked Chattanooga (3-0, 1-0 Southern Conference) plays at Big Ten Illinois Thursday night.

COURTNEY SLOCUM — Mars Hill University (Jr., Adairsville HS) … was on the Lions’ participation list but did not record any stats as Mars Hill beat visiting Catawba College 38-7. The Lions (1-1, 1-0 Southern Athletic Conference) plays at Barton College (NC) Saturday.

EVAN SLOCUM — Wake Forest University (So., Cartersville HS) … the Deacons’ defensive back saw action last Saturday in their 37-36 homecoming win over Liberty. Wake Forest (3-0) hosts 5th-ranked Clemson Saturday in Winston-Salem.

KALEB SPEIGHTS — Shorter University (So., Cass HS) … kicked off four times last Saturday with one kick going for a touchback. He also was credited with a solo tackle on kickoff coverage in the Hawks’ 42-20 home loss to 21st-ranked Albany State. Shorter (2-1) entertains 2nd-ranked Valdosta State this Saturday.


BILL ARCHER — University of Montevallo (So., Cartersville HS) … finished 26th (26:42) last Friday and had the fourth best finish on his team at the 8K Falcon Classic hosted by Montevallo. The 13-team event was won by University of Alabama-Huntsville with the Falcons finishing second. Up next for UM is the NCAA Greater Louisville Classic on Saturday, October 1.

McKENNA TRAPHEAGEN — Georgia Tech (So., Woodland HS) … finished 66th (18:10) at the North Alabama Showcase last Friday in Florence. Although Trapheagan did not have a scoring run, the Jackets placed third in the race behind Alabama and Kentucky. Next for Georgia Tech is the Lehigh Paul Short Run on Friday, September 30 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.


MARIA PILIPOSYANS — Reinhardt University (Fr., Cass HS) … totaled 12 kills, four digs, and nine blocks as the Eagles narrowly lost a five-set match at home to Bluefield State (WV) last Friday and won in three straight sets Saturday over Kentucky Christian. The 6-3 middle hitter has started all 13 matches for Reinhardt and is averaging 1.36 kills and 0.64 blocks per match. The Eagles (5-8, 3-1 Appalachian Athletic Conference) travel to St. Andrews (NC) Thursday night and will play at Columbia International University (SC) Friday night.


ABBIE CRAIG — Reinhardt University (Fr., Cartersville HS) … saw action as a reserve last Wednesday in a 3-0 win at Tennessee Wesleyan and also entered off the bench and took one shot in Saturday’s 9-0 home win over Union College (KY). The Eagles (3-3, 3-0 Appalachian Athletic Conference) host Brenau Wednesday night before traveling to Johnson University (TN) Saturday afternoon.

CHLOE RAVISH — Shorter University (Fr., Woodland HS) … the Hawks’ goalkeeper played one half in each of her team’s conference losses at home Friday and Sunday to Delta State and Mississippi College. She allowed three goals in each match and totaled four saves. Shorter (0-8-1, 0-4 Gulf South Conference) travels to Valdosta State Friday night and plays at West Georgia Sunday afternoon.

MIA SCOTT — Reinhardt University (Fr., Adairsville HS) … saw action as a reserve in the Eagles’ 9-0 victory at home Saturday over Appalachian Athletic Conference foe Union College (KY). Reinhardt (3-3, 3-0) plays Brenau at home Wednesday night and makes the trip to Johnson University (TN) Saturday afternoon.

RUSSELL SHEALY — Syracuse University (R-Sr., Cartersville resident; Darlington HS) … made two saves and earned his fourth shutout of the season last Tuesday at home as the Orange edged Niagra 1-0. He then made six saves and allowed just one goal in a 2-1 conference victory Friday night at Clemson. Syracuse (6-0-1, 2-0 ACC) plays at Colgate Tuesday night and hosts ACC rival Virginia Saturday night.

MADISON SHOOK — Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (So., Cass HS) … made her second start of the season last Tuesday, took three shots, had one assist, and scored a goal as the Fillies beat Andrew College 6-0. ABAC (2-3, 1-1 Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association) has road matches Wednesday at Brewton-Parker and Friday at Georgia Military College. The Fillies then host Oxford College-Emory Saturday afternoon.

MORGAN TOMPKINS — Bluefield State University (Fr., Cass HS) … entered as a reserve defender and played 10 minutes in the Big Blue’s 13-0 loss Friday at Catawba College (NC). BSU (2-5-1) hosts Maine-Fort Kent Tuesday afternoon and Wingate University Friday night.


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