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 in the Bulldogs’ 38-7 win over rival Georgia Tech last Saturday in Atlanta. Georgia will play Auburn on Saturday at 4 p.m. in the SEC Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
TAYLOR LAMB, Appalachian State, Calhoun
Lamb threw for 107 yards and two touchdowns on 15-of-23 passing with two interceptions in the Mountaineers’ 31-10 victory at Georgia State last Saturday. The redshirt-senior starting quarterback also ran for 24 yards and a touchdown on three carries. Appalachian State will host Louisiana on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and could clinch a share of a second straight Sun Belt Conference title with a victory.
DREW McCRACKEN, Kennesaw State, Calhoun
McCracken, a junior, handled long-snapping duties in the Owls’ 28-17 win at home over Samford in the first round of the FCS Playoffs last Saturday. Kennesaw State advances to play in the second round on Saturday at Jacksonville State at 2 p.m.
AUSTIN BYRD, Kennesaw State, Calhoun
Byrd, a redshirt-junior tight end, participated but didn’t record in stats in the Owls’ 28-17 win last Saturday at home over Samford in the first round of the FCS Playoffs. Kennesaw State advances to play in the second round on Saturday at Jacksonville State at 2 p.m.
KENNY COOPER, Georgia Tech, Sonoraville
Cooper, a sophomore, got the start at center in the Jackets’ 38-7 loss at home to rival Georgia last Saturday to end Georgia Tech’s season with a 5-6 record.
THOMAS LESTER, West Georgia, Calhoun
Lester, a junior receiver, recorded one solo tackle on special teams in the Wolves’ 17-14 season-ending loss at home to West Florida in the first round of the NCAA D-II Playoffs last Saturday to wrap up their season with a 9-4 record.
SEBASTIAN WILLER, Georgia State, Calhoun
Willer, a redshirt-senior, started at right tackle in the Panthers’ 31-10 loss at home to Appalachian State last Saturday. Georgia State will finish the regular season this Saturday when they host Idaho at 2 p.m. They will then await a bowl bid after earning the required six wins this season to qualify.
JIREH WILSON, Wofford, Calhoun
Wilson and the Terriers had a week off as the earned a bye in the first round of the FCS Playoffs, but they will host Furman on Saturday at 2 p.m. in the second round after the Paladins won at Elon 28-27 last Saturday in the first round.