Cartersville Athletes After High School Update
Another week another three touchdown passes thrown by Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence. Saturday’s trio of passing scores against Wofford marked the fourth straight game that the Cartersville High graduate has had exactly that many TD throws. Lawrence also added a rushing touchdown — his sixth of the year — in a comprehensive win over Clemson’s FCS foe. While Lawrence certainly shined in the victory, his performance over the coming weeks will be even more important as the Tigers look to return to the College Football Playoff.
Elsewhere, the seasons are nearing conference tournament time in other fall sports like soccer and volleyball. Meanwhile, basketball has already tipped off at several smaller schools with the Division-I teams set to open play this week.
Kimora McClinic (Middle Georgia State Jr., Cartersville) — McClinic started against LaGrange College and saw action against Brenau in home wins last Monday and Wednesday. She totaled four points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals. MGSU (3-0) hosts Voorhees Tuesday night.
Jonathan Cruz (Charlotte So., Cartersville) — Cruz made a pair of field goals from 38 and 49 yards, was 4-for-4 on PATs and booted 5-of-6 kickoffs for touchbacks, as the 49ers beat visiting Middle Tennessee, 34-20 Saturday. Cruz did miss on a 48-yard attempt in the second quarter, his first miss of the season. He has made 5 of 6 field-goal attempts this season with a long kick of 53 yards. His 41 kickoffs have averaged 57.7 yards with 21 touchbacks. Charlotte (4-5, 2-3 C-USA) travels Saturday to El Paso to face the UTEP Miners.
Dalen Curtis (Brevard College Jr., Cartersville) — Curtis saw action in the Tornadoes’ 21-3 win Saturday at LaGrange College. Brevard (5-2, 3-2) hosts the Cougars of Averett Saturday night in another USA South Athletic Conference game.
Sean Holton (Davidson Jr., Cartersville) — Holton made three tackles, including one for a 3-yard loss, and also recovered a fumble Saturday in the Wildcats’ 27-21 Pioneer Football League home win over Valparaiso. Davidson (6-3, 3-2) travels Saturday to Indianapolis to play at Butler.
JaCorey Johns (Wake Forest R-Fr., Cartersville) — Johns contributed one tackle Saturday as the 22nd-ranked Demon Deacons beat visiting N.C. State, 44-10. Wake Forest (7-1, 3-1 ACC) plays Saturday afternoon at Virginia Tech.
Bradley Kirk (Shorter So., Cartersville) — Kirk made three tackles in the Hawks’ 38-6 Gulf South Conference loss Saturday to Delta State. Shorter (0-9, 0-7) steps out of conference this Saturday afternoon to host Allen University.
Trevor Lawrence (Clemson So., Cartersville) — Lawrence threw for three touchdowns and 218 yards in the Tigers’ 59-14 win over Wofford Saturday. Lawrence completed 12-of-16 passes, while rushing for 33 yards and an additional touchdown on four attempts in the win. His 218 passing yards Saturday put him over 2,000 for the season with 20 touchdowns and eight interceptions. His 82.4 total QBR ranks him eighth in the nation. No. 4-ranked Clemson (9-0, 6-0 ACC) travels Saturday night to Raleigh to take on the North Carolina State Wolfpack.
Nick Root (Carson-Newman R-Fr., Cartersville) — Root saw action in the Eagles’ 48-21 win Saturday afternoon at Mars Hill as the CNU offense rolled up 388 rushing yards and 437 total yards. Carson-Newman receiving votes but just outside the NCAA DII top 25 improved to 6-2 overall and 4-2 in the South Atlantic Conference. The Eagles play at Limestone Saturday evening.
Avery Showell (Georgia Tech R-So., Cartersville) — Showell saw action on the kickoff return team Saturday in the Yellow Jackets’ 20-10 homecoming loss to Pittsburgh. Georgia Tech (2-6, 1-4 ACC) plays Saturday afternoon at Virginia.
Marissa Mowry (Anderson So., Cartersville) — Mowry played 76 minutes as a starter in the Trojans’ 1-0 home loss to conference foe Catawba Saturday. Mowry has started all 14 games this season and has taken two shots. Anderson (7-7, 4-5 South Atlantic Conference) closes out the regular season Wednesday at Queens (North Carolina).
Payton Putzer (Young Harris Jr., Cartersville) — Putzer entered off the Mountain Lions’ bench, played 31 minutes and took one shot on goal Wednesday in a 2-0 home loss to North Georgia. She also started Saturday and played 46 minutes in a 3-1 loss at Clayton State. YHC (6-9, 5-5 Peach Belt Conference) closes out the regular season Friday afternoon at home against UNC-Pembroke.
Nedu Evans (Augusta Fr., Cartersville) — Evans started all four sets and finished with seven kills, two blocks and one assist in a 3-1 Peach Belt Conference win Saturday over visiting Flagler College. Augusta (20-7, 4-3) has three road conference matches this week — Tuesday at Georgia College, Friday at Francis Marion and Saturday at UNC-Pembroke.
Grace Hunter (Brewton-Parker Fr., Cartersville) — In three losses last week, Hunter had 10 kills vs. Savannah State, three kills and one ace vs. Florida Memorial, and five kills vs. Florida College. The Barons (4-25) have a home match Wednesday night against Fort Valley State before playing at William Carey (Mississippi), Mobile (Alabama) and Loyola (Louisiana) Friday through Sunday.
— Charles Wilson of Bartow Sports Zone contributed to this report.