Along with the four Bartow County high schools that played Friday, several former Bartow football players were in action Saturday for NCAA Division I schools.
The Adairsville grad recorded the first of what promises to be many sacks this season at Clemson. Beasley was credited with a sack late in the first half of Saturday’s game at Georgia after his pressure forced Georgia quarterback Hutson Mason to throw the ball away inside the pocket. Mason drew an intentional grounding penalty.
With the sack, Beasley moved into a tie for sixth place on Clemson’s career leaders list with Brentson Buckner and Bryant McNeal. He now has 22 sacks and needs just seven to eclipse the school record shared by Michael Dean Perry and Gaines Adams.
The senior defensive end added five tackles, two solo tackles and three assists, in the game, although Clemson fell to the Bulldogs by a score of 45-21.
The former Purple Hurricane and current Georgia punter had a strong junior season debut against Clemson as he punted five times for 227 yards for a 45.4 yards per attempt average.
Barber’s first attempt traveled 60 yards and pinned Clemson at its own 10-yard line. The punt was one of three that pinned the Tigers inside the 20-yard line for Barber on the day.
Barber also produced a 53-yard punt that resulted in a touchback and his last punt went 41 yards and was downed at Clemson’s 8-yard line.
The redshirt junior at Georgia State is making the transition from linebacker to safety this year and has acquitted himself well to the new position through the first game, which was a fourth-quarter comeback victory for the Panthers against Abilene Christian.
Wednesday’s game was the first FBS game in the 2014 season and Georgia State won by a score of 38-37.
The former Cass Colonel had four tackles, two pass deflections and a hit on a quarterback before he was ejected for targeting in the third quarter. Batiste hit Abilene Christian quarterback Parker McKenzie at the end of a slide. Batiste was called for a personal foul and ejected on the play.
The former Cartersville player and current Air Force Academy safety had a solo tackle on special teams in a 44-16 win over Nicholls State Saturday.
Among other Bartow players who saw action Saturday but did not get into the stat sheet were Cartersville alum T.L. Ford, who is in his freshman season at UNC-Charlotte, and 2012 Cartersville grad Devin O’Connor, who is in his redshirt sophomore season at North Caroline State.
Several other former Bartow football players at the NAIA, Division II and Division III levels will begin their seasons this week.