Mercer's Kaelan Riley

Mercer quarterback Kaelan Riley (left) looks downfield for a receiver during last Saturday’s game at Auburn. (Judy Stapleton, Mercer Athletics)

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:

KAELAN RILEY, Mercer, Calhoun

Riley threw for 146 yards and a touchdown on 20-of-32 passes in the Bears’ 24-10 loss at Auburn last Saturday. The redshirt-freshman starting quarterback also ran for 16 yards on four attempts.

TAYLOR LAMB, Appalachian State, Calhoun

Lamb threw for 167 yards on 17-of-28 passes with one touchdown in the Mountaineers’ 20-13 comeback win at Texas State last Saturday in their Sun Belt Conference opener. The redshirt-senior starting quarterback also ran for 42 yards on five carries.

THOMAS LESTER, West Georgia, Calhoun

Lester had one catch for 20 yards in the Wolves’ 17-7 loss at Delta State last Saturday. The junior receiver also played on special teams and recorded a solo tackle.

CHANDLER CURTIS, Mercer, Calhoun

Curtis, a senior wide receiver, caught two passes for six yards in Mercers’ 24-10 loss at Auburn last Saturday.

SEBASTIAN WILLER, Georgia State, Calhoun

Willer, a redshirt-senior, started at right tackle in the Panthers’ 56-0 loss at Penn State last Saturday.

NOAH DAVENPORT, Limestone College, Calhoun

Davenport, a freshman, started at left guard in the Saints’ 30-23 overtime win at home over Tusculum last Saturday.

DREW McENTYRE, The Citadel, Calhoun

McEntyre, a sophomore, started at right tackle in the Bulldogs’ 31-25 victory at East Tennessee State last Saturday.

TRISTAN FULLER, Sewanee, Calhoun

Fuller had one solo tackle and seven assists for a total of eight in the Tigers’ 29-17 win at Austin College last Saturday. The junior defensive lineman had a half a sack and a tackle-for-loss among his stops.

AUSTIN STOUT, Monroe College, Calhoun

Stout, a freshman, started at right guard in the Mustangs’ 45-3 victory at Wagner College JV last Sunday.

DJ PRATHER, Chattanooga, Gordon Central

Prather, a senior defensive lineman, had one quarterback hit in the Mocs’ 21-7 home loss to UT-Martin last Saturday.

MARCUS (MJ) REYNOLDS, Lane College, Gordon Central

Reynolds, a junior quarterback, ran for 71 yards on eight carries with a long of 29 in the Dragons’ 30-21 loss at Benedict College last Saturday.

TRENT FRIX, Georgia, Calhoun

Frix, a senior, handled long-snapping duties for the Bulldogs in their 42-14 home win over Samford in Athens last Saturday.

DREW McCRACKEN, Kennesaw State, Calhoun

McCracken, a junior, handled long-snapping duties for the Owls in their 20-14 win at Alabama State last Saturday.

AUSTIN BYRD, Kennesaw State, Calhoun

Byrd, a redshirt-junior tight end, participated but didn’t record any stats in the Owls’ 20-14 win at Alabama State last Saturday.

LANDON RICE, Mississippi Gulf Coast, Calhoun

Rice, a freshman tight end, participated but didn’t record any stats in the Bulldogs’ 21-14 win at Copiah-Lincoln Community College last Thursday.

NOTE: If there is a former local player getting on the field for their college football team and we left them out, let us know by emailing afarrer@calhountimes.com.