The Newnan Times-Herald


Local college football players ready for final two weeks of season

  • By Doug Gorman
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  • Nov. 15, 2017 - 9:58 PM

DB Tray Matthews, Newnan, Auburn—The former Cougar played a role in the Tigers’ huge 40-17 upset victory over top-ranked Georgia last Saturday. Matthews finished the game with three tackles. Matthews has 35 tackles for the season. Auburn improved its record to 8-2 overall and 6-1 in the SEC. Auburn plays Louisiana-Monroe at home Friday at noon before battling rival Alabama in the annual Iron Bowl contest next week.

LB James Skalski, Northgate, Clemson—The former high school standout at Northgate finished with three tackles in Clemson’s 31-14 victory over Florida State an ACC contest. Skalski has 45 tackles for the season. With the win, Clemson, the defending National Champions, improved to 9-1 overall and 7-1 in the ACC. Clemson moved up to second in the latest college football playoff rankings. Clemson plays The Citadel at home Saturday at home in a 12:20 kickoff.

DE Tonarius Portress, Newnan, Kennesaw—Portress had three tackles, including one for a loss, last week to help the Owls roll to a 38-0 victory over Charleston Southern. Portess now has 22 tackles for the season. Portress and his Kennesaw teammates are 9-1 and 4-0 in Big South Conference play. Kennesaw takes on Monmouth College at home at 2 p.m.

RB Alex Lakes, Northgate, Mercer—The former Newnan Times-Herald Offensive Player of the Year had one of his best games of the season last week as the Bears beat Western Carolina 35-33. Alex Lakes rushed for 87 yards and two touchdowns to help his team improve to 5-5 overall and 4-4 in the Southern Conference. He has 347 yards rushing for the year with four touchdowns. Mercer closes out its season Saturday at Alabama at noon.

CB J.K. Britt, Newnan, North Carolina—Britt had six tackles in last week’s game against Pittsburgh as the Tar Heels beat the Panthers 34-31 to snap a six-game losing streak. Britt has 36 tackles on the season. With the win, North Carolina improved its record to 2-8 overall and 1-6 in the ACC. North Carolina plays Saturday at home against Western Carolina. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m.

CB Brandon Facyson, Northgate, Virginia Tech—Facyson’s trip home last week wasn’t one to remember as the Hokies lost to Georgia Tech 28-22 in Atlanta. Facyson had one tackle in the team’s loss. With the loss, Virginia Tech dropped to 7-3 overall and 3-3 in the ACC. Virginia Tech plays at home against Pittsburgh this week. Kickoff is set for 12:20 on the ACC network.