The Newnan Times-Herald


Local college football players getting it done on gridiron

  • By Doug Gorman
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  • Nov. 09, 2017 - 8:13 AM

Here is a look at how college football players from Coweta County did in their games last weekend:

DB Tray Matthews, Newnan, Auburn — The former Newnan Cougar had six tackles, including three solos last week in the Tigers’ 42-27 victory over Texas A&M. Matthews has 32 tackles for Auburn. The Tigers, who are ranked 10th in the latest college football rankings, host top-ranked and undefeated Georgia (9-0) this week at 3:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast on CBS. Matthews began his college career at Georgia before transferring to Auburn.

DE Tonarius Portress, Newnan, Kennesaw State — Portress has helped the Owls (8-1) win eight games in a row, including a 16-14 victory on the road last week for Kennesaw State against Montana State. Portress had one tackle en route to the win. Portress has 19 tackles and one quarterback hurry. Kennesaw plays at home against Charleston Southern Saturday. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m.

K Spencer Smith, East Coweta, Memphis — The former East Coweta standout had two punts last week for 79 yards, including his longest, which went for 47 yards. Smith put one punt inside the 20-yard line as the Tigers beat Tulsa 41-14. Smith has punted 18 times and is averaging 39.9 yards per kick. Memphis is off this week.

LB Ryan Fagerstrom, Northgate, Jacksonville State —Fagerstrom, who played high school football at Northgate, had three tackles in the Gamecocks’ 59-23 victory over Murray State. Fagerstrom has nine tackles for the season. Jacksonville State is 8-1 overall 6-0 in the Ohio Valley Conference. Jacksonville State plays at UT-Martin Saturday. The Gamecocks are ranked second in the FCS poll.

RB Alex Lakes, Northgate, Mercer — The former Newnan Times-Herald Offensive Player of the Year from Northgate had 13 yards on four carries in Mercer’s 20-3 loss to 15th-ranked Samford.

Lakes has rushed for 260 yards on the season and scored two touchdowns. Mercer is 4-5 overall with two games left, including Saturday’s contest with Western Carolina. Lakes will close out his college career with a game against Alabama on Nov. 18.

DB Brandon Facyson, Virginia Tech — Facyson and his Virginia Tech teammates watched their record fall to 7-2 overall and 3-2 in ACC action after a 28-10 loss to Miami. Facyson had one tackle in the contest. Facyson has 15 tackles for the season. Facyson, who played high school ball at Northgate, returns home this weekend for a game at Georgia Tech. Kickoff is set for 12:20 with the game broadcast on the ACC network.