The Newnan Times-Herald


Local athletes contribute to college football teams

  • By Doug Gorman
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  • Sep. 20, 2017 - 9:52 PM

Here is a look at how former high school football players from Coweta County did this past weekend in their college football games:

QB Chancellor Johnson, Newnan—Albany State: The former Newnan Cougar football and baseball player has helped lead the Rams to a 2-1 record. After beating Valdosta State and Tuskegee to open the season, the Rams lost 35-27 last Saturday to North Greenville University. Despite the loss, Johnson had a solid day, completing 22 of 40 passes for 283 yards with a touchdown and an interception. He also rushed for 62 yards and a touchdown. Johnson and his teammates make the trek to Carrollton on Saturday for a 2 p.m. kickoff with West Georgia.

DB Tray Matthews, Newnan—Auburn: Matthews helped lead the 15th-ranked Tigers to a 24-10 victory over Mercer. Matthews finished with four tackles, including one for a loss. The Tigers travel to SEC opponent Missouri on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. on ESPNU.

LB Jamie Skalski, Northgate—Clemson: The sophomore has been in on 20 snaps for the defending national champions and has five tackles this season. The second-ranked Tigers are 3-0 and are coming off a 47-21 victory over Louisville on the road in the ACC showdown. This weekend, they travel to play Boston College in an ACC game at 3:30 p.m. The contest will be played on ESPN2.

RB DeMarcus Godfrey, East Coweta—Georgia Southern: DeMarcus Godfrey has appeared in both games for the 0-2 Eagles, carrying the ball twice for five yards. After losing to Auburn and New Hampshire to open the season, Georgia Southern was off last week. Saturday, Georgia Southern plays on the road against Indiana University.

RB Alex Lakes, Northgate—Mercer: Alex Lakes and his Mercer teammates held their own, at least for the first half against 15th-ranked Auburn, only trailing the Tigers 10-3, before falling 24-10. Against Auburn, Lakes finished with eight carries for 17 yards. So far this season, the Bears’ senior has 85 yards on 18 carries and a touchdown.

CB J.K. Britt, Newnan, North Carolina—J.K. Britt has played in all three games this season for the 1-2 Tar Heels, who have lost to California and Louisville. North Carolina posted its first victory of the season last Saturday with a 53-23 win over Old Dominion. Britt has two tackles so far this season. The Tar Heels play at ACC rival Duke on Saturday at 3:30. The game will be televised on ESPNU.

CB Brandon Facyson, Northgate, Virginia Tech: The former Northgate standout has played in all three games for the undefeated Hokies, and started one. A week ago, Facyson had one tackle in his team’s 64-14 victory over East Carolina. Facyson has two tackles for Virginia Tech, who plays at home against Old Dominion on Saturday in a 2 p.m. kickoff.