Former Cartersville High pitcher Sam Howard earned his first MLB win Sunday, pitching 1 2/3 perfect innings to beat the San Diego Padres.
The pride of Adairsville, Vic Beasley made a key sack late in the fourth quarter against Philadelphia in a primetime matchup Sunday night in Atlanta.
Elsewhere, several former Bartow County athletes made major contributions for their collegiate teams. In cross country, Cheyenne Spinks helped North Georgia win its own invitational; on the gridiron, Trevor Lawrence continued to rewrite the Clemson record book; and on the court, Grace Hunter proved vital in helping Brewton-Parker to a huge victory.
Sam Howard (Colorado Rockies; Cartersville) — Howard picked up his first Major League win Sunday as the Rockies completed a home sweep of the San Diego Padres. Howard entered in the fifth inning with one out and worked through the sixth inning without allowing a run or hit. He struck out two. Howard also made a pair of brief appearances earlier in the week. Thursday in Denver against the St. Louis Cardinals, Howard came on with two outs in the eighth inning and struck out the Cards’ Dexter Fowler during a 10-3 loss. Saturday against the Padres, Howard walked second baseman Greg Garcia — the only batter he faced — in the eighth inning. The walk loaded the bases and Garcia eventually came around to score in a five-run inning by the Padres. The Rockies held on, however, for an 11-10 win. Colorado is 65-85 and 31 1/2 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League’s West Division with less than two weeks remaining.
Vic Beasley (Atlanta Falcons; Adairsville) — Beasley came up with a huge sack of Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz in the fourth quarter, when Philadelphia was attempting to rally for a win. On a third-and-10, Beasley chased down Wentz and dropped him for a 4-yard loss and sack at the Philadelphia 43-yard line. The Eagles hit a long pass on the next play, but the Falcons eventually stopped Philadelphia on a fourth down play at the Atlanta 16-yard line. Atlanta (1-1) travels to Indianapolis to take on the Colts Sunday.
Terry Berdin (Reinhardt So., Cartersville) — Berdin had two rushing attempts for a total of 21 yards, including a long run of 17 yards. He also caught a pass that went for 42 yards as the NAIA 10th-ranked Eagles won at Campbellsville University (Kentucky) 28-0. RU (3-0) travels to West Palm Beach Saturday to take on Keiser University.
Chris Blackston (West Georgia Sr., Adairsville) — Blackston led the 14th-ranked Wolves in total tackles with nine Saturday in UWG’s 24-14 win at Limestone in Gaffney, South Carolina. Blackston also broke up two passes and had one quarterback hurry. West Georgia (2-0) hosts Albany State Saturday night in Carrollton.
Bryce Burgess (Reinhardt So., Adairsville) — Burgess had two carries for 24 yards, including an 18-yard run, as the Eagles won at Campbellsville.
Marcus Childers (Northern Illinois R-Jr., Adairsville) — Childers completed 3 of 5 passes for 28 yards and rushed twice for four yards in the Huskies’ 44-8 loss at Nebraska. NIU (1-2) has a week off before traveling to Vanderbilt Sept. 28.
Jonathan Cruz (Charlotte So., Cartersville) — Cruz made a 53-yard field goal on the final play of the first half and booted six of his eight kickoffs for touchbacks as the 49ers routed visiting UMass 52-17. Charlotte (2-1) plays at No. 1-ranked Clemson Saturday night.
Kurtis Feanny (Lenoir-Rhyne So., Woodland) — Feanny was part of a Bears’ offense that accumulated 354 yards to beat Virginia Union 28-11 Saturday in Richmond. Ninth-ranked Lenior-Rhyne (2-0) entertains Newberry Saturday to open South Atlantic Conference play.
Dylan Forman (Shorter Fr., Woodland) — Forman was listed on the Hawks participation list and saw action in Saturday’s Gulf South Conference 42-14 loss to West Florida. Shorter (0-2) travels to Fort Valley State this Saturday afternoon.
Miller Forristall (Alabama R-Jr., Cartersville) — Forristall had one catch for 7 yards Saturday in the second-ranked Crimson Tide’s 47-23 win at South Carolina. Forristall, who was also recognized during the CBS broadcast as Alabama's Scholar Athlete of the Week, now has three receptions on the season for 40 yards and a touchdown. Alabama (3-0, 1-0 SEC) hosts Southern Miss Saturday.
Hunter Hardin (Point Jr., Woodland) — Hardin was a starter for the Skyhawks on the offensive line in their 27-6 loss Saturday to NAIA 19th-ranked Southeastern University. Point (0-3) plays at St. Thomas University this Saturday.
Grant Harris (Victor Valley CC So., Cartersville) — Harris had five tackles, including four solo, and one tackle for loss in the Rams’ 37-5 loss to Chaffey College. VVC (1-1) hosts Southwestern CC Saturday night.
Brady Jernigan (Maryville Sr., Woodland) — Jernigan made two tackles, including one for loss, Saturday in the Scots’ 27-22 loss at Centre College (Kentucky). Maryville (0-2) host Hanover College (Indiana) Saturday.
JaCorey Johns (Wake Forest R-Fr., Cartersville) — Johns had five total tackles (two solo) Friday night in the Demon Deacons’ 28-14 home victory over North Carolina. Wake (3-0) hosts Elon this Saturday for its annual homecoming game.
Bradley Kirk (Shorter So., Cartersville) — A starter in the Hawks’ defensive backfield, Kirk led his team in tackles Saturday with 10, including seven solo. He now has 14 tackles through the first two games.
Trevor Lawrence (Clemson So., Cartersville) — Lawrence set a new career high in passing yards in Saturday’s 41-6 win at Syracuse. Lawrence completed 22 of 39 passes for 395 yards and three touchdowns. The quarterback also rushed for 42 yards and found the end zone in the second quarter for his third rushing touchdown of the season. He passed for 300-plus yards for the first this season and the sixth time of his career. In Saturday’s game, Lawrence became the 13th player in Clemson history to reach the 4,000-yard career mark of total offense and only the 10th player in Tigers’ history to reach 4,000 passing yards. He now has the sixth-most touchdown passes in school history. The 87-yard touchdown pass to Amari Rodgers in the third quarter was the longest of Lawrence’s career. The two also connected for a 16-yard first quarter touchdown and Lawrence found Frank Ladson Jr. for a 7-yard score early in the fourth quarter.
Jacob Potter (Kennesaw State So., Adairsville) — Potter snapped all the extra points and the Owls’ one punt in their 42-7 win Saturday at Alabama State. KSU (2-1) plays at Missouri State this Saturday afternoon.
John Scifers (West Georgia R-Jr., Woodland) — Scifers punted six times Saturday for a 36.3-yard average in the 14th-ranked Wolves’ 24-14 win at Limestone. His longest punt went for 44 yards.
Avery Showell (Georgia Tech R-So., Cartersville) — Showell had one solo tackle in the third quarter of the Yellow Jackets’ 27-24 home, overtime loss Saturday to The Citadel. Georgia Tech (1-2) has a bye week before traveling to Philadelphia to take on the Temple Owls Sept. 28.
Jake Walker (Furman Jr., Cartersville resident) — Walker saw playing time in the Paladins’ 24-17 loss Saturday at Virginia Tech. Furman (1-2) begins Southern Conference play at home Saturday against Mercer.
Bryce Wilkins (Reinhardt So., Cartersville) — Wilkins made his first start Saturday at left guard in the Eagles’ 28-0 win at Campbellsville. He was also credited for a tackle in the second quarter on a 7-yard pass completion by Campbellsville.
Parker Breedlove (Reinhardt Fr., Cartersville) — Breedlove ran 58th overall out of 101 competitors Saturday at the North Georgia Cross Country Invitational in Oakwood. Breedlove covered the 8k course (4.97 miles) in 31:36. Breedlove was seventh among his teammates. As a team, the Eagles placed fifth out of a dozen schools. The race was won by West Alabama by one point over Emmanuel College. Reinhardt competes this Friday at the Wingfoot XC Classic at Sam Smith Park.
Cheyenne Spinks (North Georgia Fr., Woodland) — Spinks finished 11th individually in just a hair over 20 minutes and was the fifth scoring runner for the Nighthawks, as they won the 7th Annual 5k UNG Cross Country Invitational Saturday. UNG finished seven points ahead of SCAD Atlanta with University of the South placing third. North Georgia runs Friday night in the Wingfoot XC Classic at Sam Smith Park.
Emily Collum (Georgia Southwestern State So., Adairsville) — Collum took two shots, put one shot on goal and played 20 minutes in the Hurricanes’ 5-2 loss at Middle Georgia State last Tuesday. Collum did not take a shot, but she saw 35 minutes of playing time Saturday in a 2-1 loss to Spring Hill College. Georgia Southwestern (1-2) hosts Southern Wesleyan Wednesday night and head to Rome Saturday for an evening match at Shorter University.
Havyn Isaac (Georgia Military College Fr., Adairsville) — Isaac saw 30 minutes of action off the bench in net Friday in the Bulldogs’ 6-0 blanking of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. She had one save. GMC (2-2-1, 2-1-1 GCAA) hosts another conference match Friday against South Georgia State CC.
Kurt Moore (Birmingham Southern Sr., Euharlee resident) — Moore picked up a pair of wins in net this weekend as the Panthers won 4-2 Friday at LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas, and edged East Texas Baptist University 3-2 in overtime Sunday. Moore started and went the distance in both wins making three saves at LeTourneau and six at East Texas Baptist. BSC (3-2-1) hosts Belhaven University this Saturday night.
Marissa Mowry (Anderson So., Cartersville) — Mowry started and played 71 minutes in the Spartans’ 2-1 win last Wednesday night over USC-Aiken. Anderson (1-1) entertains Newberry Wednesday in both teams’ South Atlantic Conference opener. The Spartans travel to Wingate for a conference match Saturday evening.
Courtney Rhea (Berry So., Cartersville) — Rhea played the final eight minutes of the opening half in the Vikings’ 3-2 home win last Wednesday over Huntingdon College. She also entered in the 63rd minute of Sunday’s 7-2 win at Agnes Scott and had a shot on goal. Berry (5-1) plays at Covenant College tonight and travels to Belhaven University Saturday afternoon.
Nedu Evans (Augusta Fr., Cartersville) — The Jags had a trio of straight-sets wins over the weekend, defeating Albany State Friday and King University (Tennessee) and Emmanuel College Saturday. Augusta (5-2) hosts Belmont Abbey today and heads to West Alabama Friday before entertaining University of Montevallo and Southern Arkansas University Saturday.
Grace Hunter (Brewton-Parker Fr., Cartersville) — Hunter led her team with 13 kills, hitting 0.417 with just three attacking errors in the game Saturday as the Barons earned their first win of the year and their first conference win in years, defeating Middle Georgia State. BPC (1-9, 1-0) plays at Agnes Scott Wednesday night before traveling to play Keiser University and Florida College in Temple Terrace, Florida. Saturday they travel to Lakeland, Florida, to face Southeastern University.
— Charles Wilson of Bartow Sports Zone contributed to this report.