Several former local football standouts have gone on to the next level to play college football and many are making an impact for their teams this season. More than 30 players that graduated from either Calhoun, Gordon Central or Sonoraville can be found on college football rosters throughout the nation, and several of those saw action in their team’s most recent game.
Here’s a roundup of the former local players who appeared in the box score and how they did last week:
TRENT FRIX, Georgia, Calhoun
Frix, a senior, handled long-snapping duties and had one assisted tackle in the Bulldogs’ 28-7 win over Auburn in the SEC Championship Game to earn the team’s first conference crown since 2005. Georgia (12-1) will now play in the Rose Bowl against Oklahoma in Pasadena, Calif. on Jan. 1 at 5 p.m. as part of the College Football Playoff. The winner of that game will advance to play the winner of the Sugar Bowl between Clemson and Alabama in the National Championship Game on Jan. 8 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
TAYLOR LAMB, Appalachian State, Calhoun
Lamb was honored as part of Senior Day festivities last Saturday before the Mountaineers’ 63-14 home win over Louisiana to clinch a share of the Sun Belt Conference title for the second straight year. The senior quarterback threw for 242 yards on 17-of-22 passing with four touchdowns and ran for 87 yards on five carries with a touchdown. Lamb and Appalachian State (8-4) will play in the Dollar General Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala. On Dec. 23 against Toledo at 7 p.m. Lamb was also named to the All-Sun Belt Second Team Offense this week after completing a great season in which he threw for 2,606 yards and 27 touchdowns and running for 539 yards and five touchdowns.
JIREH WILSON, Wofford, Calhoun
Wilson got the start at outside linebacker in the Terriers’ 28-10 victory at home over Furman last Saturday in the second round of the FCS Playoffs. The sophomore finished with two assisted tackles in the victory, which put Wofford at 10-2 on the season and advanced them to the next round (Round of 8) where they will visit North Dakota State on Saturday at noon.
DREW McCRACKEN, Kennesaw State, Calhoun
McCracken, a junior, handled long-snapping duties and had one solo tackle in the Owls’ 17-7 victory at Jacksonville State in the second round of the FCS Playoffs. With the win, Kennesaw State (12-1) advanced to the Round of 8 where they will visit Sam Houston State on Saturday at 8:30 p.m.
SEBASTIAN WILLER, Georgia State, Calhoun
Willer, a redshirt-senior, started at right tackle for the Panthers in their 24-10 loss at home to Idaho to finish the regular season. He also had a solo tackle on an interception. Georgia State (6-5) will play in the Autonation Cure Bowl at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla. against Western Kentucky on Dec. 16 at 2:30 p.m.
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