Cartersville Athletes After High School Update
There were a handful of standout performances on the gridiron this past weekend to highlight the week for former Bartow County athletes. Cartersville’s Miller Forristall put together a top-notch showing for the Alabama Crimson Tide. Forristall scored a touchdown for No. 2-ranked Alabama. Elsewhere, some other former Canes put forth great displays in winning efforts. Colorado Rockies pitcher Sam Howard earned his second MLB win during the last week of the regular season; Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence through a clutch late touchdown to keep his team unbeaten; and Augusta middle hitter Nedu Evans helped her side continue a nine-match winning streak.
Sam Howard (Colorado Rockies; Cartersville) — Howard picked up his second major league win last Tuesday as the Rockies won at San Francisco, 8-5. Howard worked the 14th and 15th innings of a 4-4 game and did not allow a run or a hit, while striking out two of the six batters he faced. Colorado eventually pulled out the win with three runs in the 16th inning. Howard pitched again Thursday at San Francisco where he struck out two, but gave up a solo home run to Giants shortstop Mauricio Dubón. Sunday, he worked the sixth inning against the Brewers and gave up a leadoff home run to Hernan Perez, a double and hit a batter but struck out two and did not allow another run in a no-decision. Howard finished the 2019 MLB season with a 2-0 record in 20 appearances and 19 innings pitched. He struck out 23, had a 6.63 ERA, registered a 1.63 WHIP and held opponents to a .276 average against him. He was also the organization’s Triple-A Pitcher of the Year with the Albuquerque Isotopes. Howard was 4-1 with a 3.91 ERA in 42 relief appearances in the Pacific Coast League. The southpaw worked just over 50 innings with a 1.44 WHIP, 62 strikeouts and a .262 BAA with Albuquerque.
Terry Berdin (Reinhardt So., Cartersville) — Berdin was targeted once on an incomplete pass and had only one carry Saturday for a 2-yard loss in the NAIA 14th-ranked Eagles’ 31-7 loss at FCS fourth-ranked Kennesaw State. Next for Reinhardt (3-2) is its Mid-South Conference opener this Saturday at Kentucky Christian.
Trey Creamer (Fort Scott So., Cartersville) — Creamer participated in the Greyhounds’ 42-16 loss Saturday at Garden City CC. Fort Scott (3-2, 3-2 Kansas Junior College Conference) has a bye week before hosting Ellsworth CC Oct. 12.
Jonathan Cruz (Charlotte So., Cartersville) — Cruz converted three of four PAT attempts and kicked off one time for a touchback in the 49ers’ 45-27 homecoming loss to Florida Atlantic. Charlotte (2-3, 0-1 C-USA) travels Oct. 12 to Miami to face Florida International.
Dalen Curtis (Brevard College Jr., Cartersville) — Curtis had a second quarter carry for 2 yards to the 1-yard line, setting up the Tornadoes second touchdown in a 40-9 rout at Allen University. Brevard (2-0) hosts Maryville College (Tennessee) for homecoming this Saturday afternoon.
Miller Forristall (Alabama R-Jr., Cartersville) — Forristall had a pair of receptions for 40 yards Saturday, including a fourth quarter, 19-yard touchdown catch as the second-ranked Crimson Tide rolled over Ole Miss, 59-31. Forristall, who was targeted four times, made his other reception in the third quarter on a quick slant for 21 yards and a first down to the Rebels’ 16-yard line. That drive resulted in a missed field goal. Alabama (5-0) has a bye week before traveling Oct. 12 to Texas A&M.
Grant Harris (Victor Valley So., Cartersville) — Harris shared a tackle for a 1-yard loss Saturday in the Rams’ 49-17 home win over Santa Ana CC. Victor Valley (2-2) travels to Santa Monica CC this Saturday night.
JaCorey Johns (Wake Forest R-Fr., Cartersville) — Johns finished with three tackles, including a pair of solo stops, as the Demon Deacons won their fifth straight to start the 2019 season. The 27-24 win at Boston College leads into a bye week before Wake Forest hosts Louisville Oct. 12.
Bradley Kirk (Shorter So., Cartersville) — Kirk totaled seven tackles, including five solo, in the Hawks’ 44-7 home loss to top-ranked Valdosta State Saturday.
Trevor Lawrence (Clemson So., Cartersville) — Lawrence connected with Tee Higgins on a 38-yard touchdown with nine minutes remaining Saturday to give the No. 1-ranked Tigers their first lead of the game as Clemson held on to edge North Carolina 21-20 in Chapel Hill. UNC pulled within a point with less than two minutes remaining, but Clemson stopped a 2-point conversion attempt to hold off the Tar Heels. Lawrence was 18-for-30 passing for 206 yards and had a career-best 45 rushing yards including a second quarter, 3-yard touchdown run that tied the game 14-14 and a long run of 16 yards in the second period. Clemson (5-0, 3-0 ACC) has a bye week before hosting Florida State Oct. 12.
Nick Root (Carson-Newman R-Fr., Cartersville) — Root saw action in the Eagles’ 42-7 home win Saturday over Virginia-Wise. CNU (2-1) hosts UNC-Pembroke this Saturday.
Avery Showell (Georgia Tech R-So., Cartersville) — Showell participated in Georgia Tech’s 24-2 loss Saturday at Temple. The Yellow Jackets (1-3, 0-1 ACC) host North Carolina Saturday.
Lindsey Bonner (York College So., Cartersville) — Bonner shot rounds of 81-82 last Monday and Tuesday as the Spartans won the eight-team Bridgewater Invitational at Par-72, 5,805-yard Lakeview Golf Club in Harrisburg, Virginia. York finished with a 36-hole total of 627 to finish 19 shots ahead of host Bridgewater College. Bonner participated in the tournament as an individual and was not part of the team scoring. Next on the fall schedule for York is the Tartan Invitational hosted by Carnegie Mellon next Monday and Tuesday in Ligonier, Pennsylvania.
Marissa Mowry (Anderson So., Cartersville) — Mowry has started every match this season for the Trojans and played all 90 minutes in both matches this past week — a 1-0 home win over Lander University Tuesday and a 1-0 home loss to Carson-Newman University Saturday.
Madison Putzer (Young Harris Jr., Cartersville) — Putzer entered as a reserve and played 25 minutes in the Mountain Lions’ 5-1 Peach Belt Conference loss Saturday at Flagler College in St. Augustine. YHC (1-5, 0-1) hosts Albany State Wednesday night and Francis Marion University Saturday afternoon.
Payton Putzer (Young Harris Jr., Cartersville) — Putzer was a starter and saw 55 minutes of action in Saturday’s loss at Flagler College.
Nedu Evans (Augusta Fr., Cartersville) — Evans started in a home match last Tuesday against Limestone and saw action off the bench at Shorter Saturday in a pair of wins. Evans had four kills and five blocks in a three-set sweep of Limestone and had five kills, two assists and a block in a five-set win at Shorter. Augusta (11-2) has won nine straight matches and travels to West Georgia tonight and Flagler College for a Friday night contest.
Grace Hunter (Brewton-Parker Fr., Cartersville) — Hunter contributed four kills, three service aces and a pair of digs last Tuesday as the Barons beat visiting Agnes Scott College in three straight sets. Friday, Hunter had six kills, a dig and a pair of block assists in a loss at University of Mobile. She added two kills in a straight sets loss at Loyola University (Louisiana) Saturday afternoon. BPC (3-15, 1-3 Southern States Athletic Conference) plays at William Carey University (Mississippi) Friday night.
— Charles Wilson of Bartow Sports Zone contributed to this report.