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:
CHANDLER CURTIS, Mercer, Calhoun
Curtis had a huge day on special teams for the Bears in their 35-33 win at Western Carolina last Saturday. The senior receiver and returner had five kickoff returns for a total of 128 yards, including a 77-yarder, and two punt returns for a total of 46 yards, including a 39-yarder. Both long returns set up Mercer touchdowns in the tight victory. He was named the Southern Conference Special Teams Player of the Week for his efforts. He also had one catch for 10 yards on offense. The Bears are now 5-5 on the season and will conclude their schedule with a trip to play at Alabama on Saturday.
KENNY COOPER, Georgia Tech, Sonoraville
Cooper started at center and played a key role in the Jackets’ big 28-22 home win over Virginia Tech last Saturday. The Jackets ran for 261 yards and threw for 140 yards.
TAYLOR LAMB, Appalachian State, Calhoun
Lamb threw for 161 yards on 7-of-13 passing with two touchdowns in the Mountaineers’ 27-6 home win over Georgia Southern last Thursday. The redshirt-senior starting quarterback also ran for 62 yards on five carries with a long of 44 in the home victory..
TRENT FRIX, Georgia, Calhoun
Frix, a senior, handled long-snapping duties and also recorded two solo tackles in the Bulldogs’ 40-17 loss at Auburn last Saturday.
SEBASTIAN WILLER, Georgia State, Calhoun
Willer, a redshirt-senior, started at right tackle in the Panthers’ 33-30 victory at Texas State last Saturday.
DREW McENTYRE, The Citadel, Calhoun
McEntyre, a sophomore, started at right tackle in the Bulldogs’ 56-20 loss at Furman last Saturday.
JACK DeFOOR, Ole Miss, Calhoun
DeFoor, a redshirt-freshman, saw reserve action on the offensive line for the Rebels in their 50-22 home win over Louisiana last Saturday.
KAELAN RILEY, Mercer, Calhoun
Riley threw for 102 yards on 9-of-15 passing in Mercer’s 35-33 win at Western Carolina last Saturday. The redshirt-freshman starting quarterback also ran for 16 yards on four carries with a touchdown.
JIREH WILSON, Wofford, Calhoun
Wilson had one solo and one assisted tackle for a total of two in the Terriers’ 45-14 victory at VMI last Saturday to push Wofford’s record to 9-1 overall and 7-1 in conference play to clinch the Southern Conference title. Among his stops, the sophomore linebacker had a half a tackle-for-loss.
DREW McCRACKEN, Kennesaw State, Calhoun
McCracken, a junior, handled long-snapping duties in the Owls’ 38-0 victory at home over Charleston Southern last Saturday to move to 9-1 on the season.
THOMAS LESTER, West Georgia, Calhoun
Lester, a junior wide receiver, participated but didn’t record any stats in the Wolves’ 34-29 loss at home to West Florida last Saturday.
AUSTIN STOUT, Monroe College, Calhoun
Stout, a freshman, got the start on the offensive line in the Mustangs’ 40-14 win at home over Erie Community College last Saturday.
AUSTIN BYRD, Kennesaw State, Calhoun
Byrd, a redshirt-junior tight end, participated but didn’t record any stats in the Owls’ 38-0 home win over Charleston Southern last Saturday.
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