The Atlanta Falcons continue to offer up a season full of unpredictable results. Having already beaten the Eagles and Saints, the Falcons threw out another shocking win Sunday by rallying past the 49ers in San Francisco.
As has often been the case, when Atlanta has won, Vic Beasley Jr. has delivered. The Adairsville High graduate contributed five tackles and a sack during the victory. On the season, 6.5 of his seven sacks have come in the Falcons’ five wins.
Beasley and Co. will have two more realistic chances for victories to end the season. Atlanta will host Jacksonville this week before traveling to Tampa Bay for the season finale.
Elsewhere, Cartersville native Ashton Hagans led Kentucky to victory over Georgia Tech; former Canes quarterback Trevor Lawrence finished seventh in voting for the Heisman Trophy; and Adairsville product Nakiyah Washington continues to shine during her freshman season at Piedmont.
Vic Beasley Jr. (Atlanta Falcons; Adairsville) — Beasley had five total tackles, including a sack, Sunday as the Falcons upset the San Francisco 49ers, 29-22. Atlanta rallied for a touchdown with 0:02 remaining in the game to take a 23-22 lead and then scored on the ensuing kickoff by picking up a loose ball in the end zone during the 49ers’ multiple lateral return attempt. The loss knocked San Francisco (11-3) out of the top seed in the NFC for now. Beasley now has 26 total tackles, seven sacks and a pair of forced fumbles this season. Atlanta (5-9) plays its final home game of the season this Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, hosting the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Falcons will wrap up the season Dec. 29 at Tampa Bay.
Trevor Lawrence (Clemson So., Cartersville) — Lawrence finished seventh in Heisman Trophy voting results Saturday night, but he did manage to receive three first-place votes. LSU’s Joe Burrow was the runaway winner ahead of Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts and Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields. Lawrence will help lead No. 3 Clemson (13-0) into the College Football Playoff semifinals Dec. 28 at the Fiesta Bowl against second-ranked Ohio State (13-0). Lawrence has 3,172 yards through the air with 34 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He also has seven rushing touchdowns and 317 yards on the ground. He is 24-0 as a starter at Clemson.
Elijah Robinson (Atenas, Argentina National League; Excel Christian) — A starting swingman, Robinson scored 12 points with three rebounds, two assists and one blocked shot in his team’s 94-90 loss last Monday. Atenas (2-5) played Bahia Basket this Monday and hosts Argentino Thursday.
Jacquez Fountain (Albany Tech Fr., Cass) — Fountain scored a team-high 28 points with two rebounds but the Titans lost 76-70 at Florida Gateway College last Tuesday. Albany Tech also lost Thursday at Tallahassee CC but Fountain did not play. The Titans (7-6) resume their schedule Jan. 2 at Southern Crescent Tech, as both teams begin Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association play.
Ashton Hagans (Kentucky So., Cartersville native) — Hagans finished with 21 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and two steals in the Wildcats’ 67-53 win Saturday over visiting Georgia Tech. Hagans is averaging 13.7 points and 4.2 rebounds through Kentucky’s first nine games. The eighth-ranked Wildcats (8-1) put their six-game win streak on the line Wednesday night against Utah at the Las Vegas Neon Hoops Showcase. They then play Ohio State Saturday afternoon in the CBS Sports Classic also in Las Vegas.
Whitney Harris (Toccoa Falls So., Woodland) — Harris scored nine points and blocked one shot last Friday in the Screaming Eagles’ 61-55 home win over Trinity Baptist College. Toccoa Falls (4-11) traveled Monday to New Port Richey, Florida, to play at Trinity College of Florida and will play at Florida College Tuesday.
Coriana McDaniel (Andrew Fr., Adairsville) — McDaniel scored seven points on 2-of-6 shooting from the floor in the Tigers’ 91-47 loss last Wednesday at Georgia Highlands College. Andrew (3-11, 1-5 GCAA) returns to action Jan. 4, when they host Chattahoochee Valley CC.
Kyla Michienzi (Piedmont R-Fr., Cass) — Michienzi came off the bench Saturday to score 13 points, collect four rebounds, block one shot and contribute two steals, but the Lions lost to Huntingdon College in Montgomery, 65-55. Piedmont (6-4, 3-1 USA South Athletic Conference) is on the West Coast, playing at University of Redlands Monday night and at University of LaVerne Tuesday night.
Jaylon Pugh (Furman So., Cartersville) — Pugh scored nine points and grabbed four rebounds as Furman beat visiting North Greenville 90-65 last Wednesday. Pugh also played seven minutes and dished out one assist Saturday night in an 80-73 home win over Winthrop. The Paladins (10-3) travel to Mercer Friday night for their Southern Conference opener in Macon.
Josie Summerville (North Park So., Adairsville) — Summerville scored three points and collected three rebounds with a blocked shot in the Vikings’ only game of the week Saturday at Wheaton College — a 71-58 win. North Park (8-0, 3-0) travels to Orlando, Florida, this week to play fourth-ranked Hope College Wednesday and Finlandia University Thursday at the Orlando Magic’s practice facility.
Darius Thrower (Truett-McConnell Sr., Excel Christian) — Thrower scored seven points, grabbed four rebounds, added three assists and recorded one steal in the Bears’ 84-60 loss at Union College last Wednesday night. Thrower then scored 16 points off the bench Saturday in a 93-83 home loss to Allen University. He added three rebounds and two steals in Saturday’s loss. TMU (6-6, 2-6 Appalachian Athletic Conference) will try to snap a four-game losing streak Tuesday at Webber International and will play an exhibition at NCAA D-II Embry-Riddle Thursday night.
Alexis Ware (Piedmont Fr., Cass) — Ware did not score but did grab four rebounds and made one steal in 11 minutes of playing time Saturday during the Lions’ 65-55 loss at Huntingdon College.
Nakiyah Washington (Piedmont Fr., Adairsville) — The Lions’ starting forward led her team in scoring again Saturday with 19 points. She also finished with a double-double by collecting 11 rebounds. Washington added a blocked shot, but Piedmont lost to conference foe Huntingdon College. Through 10 games in her first college season, Washington is averaging 14.9 points and 8.3 rebounds.
Carrod Watson (North Georgia R-Sr., Woodland) — Watson collected six rebounds and scored five points with one assist in Sunday’s 81-76 home Peach Belt Conference loss to USC-Aiken. The Nighthawks (5-4, 0-1) play at Francis Marion Thursday night and at UNC-Pembroke Saturday afternoon in a pair of conference tilts.