The Newnan Times-Herald


Facyson, Matthews could hear names called at this year's NFL Draft

  • By Doug Gorman
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  • Mar. 11, 2018 - 7:01 AM

Former Northgate football player and Virginia Tech graduate Brandon Facyson hopes the NFL is in his future.

Facyson, who could have entered last year's NFL draft, decided to return to school for his red-shirt senior season, and it could pay dividends in the long run.

Facyson, who played defensive back in college, just returned from the NFL combine, where he had a chance to impress NFL scouts.

The former Newnan Times-Herald All-County football player was clocked in the 40-yard dash with a time of 4.53.

Facyson could be used on special teams once he gets to the NFL. He is projected as a third or fourth round pick in this year's NFL, which will be held from April 26-28 on ESPN. A feature story on Facyson will appear the week of the draft.

Former Newnan All-State safety Tray Matthews, who wrapped up his college career while representing Auburn at this year's Senior Bowl, is also working out in antipation of the draft.

Matthews has been projected by analysts as a fifth-seventh round pick in this year's draft and would be the first former Cougars player to be drafted since Alec Ogletree and Alan Bonner in 2013.


Newnan graduate and current Marshall University basketball player Jannson Williams and his Thundering Herd teammates are inching closer to a postseason bid.

Marshall beat Southern Miss 85-75 in Friday's Conference USA semifinal against Southern Miss with Williams scoring 17 points to advance to the tournament finals.

Marshall played the winner of the Old Dominion and Western Kentucky contest Saturday night in the tournament finals with an NCAA tournament bid on the line.

Marshall closed out the regular season with a 76-67 upset victory over No. 24 Middle Tennessee.

Williams finished with 13 points in the upset victory.

The Thundering Herd's redshirt freshman has played in 30 regular-season contests, starting three and averaging just over 15 points per game.

Williams is averaging 4.6 points per game.


(Editor's Note: Statistics included games before this weekend's action.) 

Echols among top batters at Michigan State: Former Northgate softball player Ebonee Echols has put her potent bat on display for the Spartans.

The junior outfielder has started all 17 games for Michigan State (9-8) and is batting .345 with eight RBIs and four doubles.

Katey Lynch off to fast start at Kennesaw State: The East Coweta graduate has played in 11 of the Owls 15 games (7-8) starting 6.

Lynch is a batting .353 with two RBIs and six runs scored.

Sanchez helps LSU move up in poll: Junior LSU third baseman Shemiah Sanchez has played in all 21 of her team's games, starting 20.

The former East Coweta standout has driven in 10 runs, poked four doubles and hit a homer for the Tigers who are No 8th in the recent top-10 poll with a 19-2 record.

Skalski, Jobe in lineup for Georgia State: Two former high school softball players with ties to Coweta County have helped Georgia State jump out to a 12-8 record.

Senior Brenna Skalski, who played at Northgate, is batting .340 after playing in 19 games, including 18 starts. Skalski has reached with two doubles and driven in six runs.

Jobe, who played at Newnan is entering her senior year with the Panthers.

She has played in 16 games, started 15 and is batting .250 with seven RBIs .

Freeman, Scarbrough among Georgia Southern softball players: Mekhia Freeman, who was a standout at East Coweta, hasn't missed a beat since making the move to the Statesboro campus.

Freeman has played in and started 16 games for Georgia Southern in the outfield(12-6). She is batting .318 with a homer and 8 RBIs.

Newnan graduate Hannah Scarbrough is in her freshman season with the Eagles and has appeared in nine games, with three at bats and one hit.


(Editor's Note: Statistics included games before this weekend's action.)

Devonte Brown making immediate impact at N.C. State: The former East Coweta two-sport athlete begun his college career with the 10th-ranked Wolfpack, playing in eight of the teams 12 contest and starting four.

Brown, who also played football for the Indians, and was a selected to the Newnan Times-Herald All-County Team, is batting .273 with one RBI.

Brady Barnes enters sophomore year at UWG: The Newnan graduate is entering his second season with the West Georgia Wolves' baseball (14-3) team.

The left-handed sophomore outfielder has played in 10 games, starting one. Barnes is batting .333 with three RBIs through last weekend's Gulf South Conference games with Christian Brothers.

Poropatic's final season underway at LaGrange: Senior James Poropatic, who played high school baseball at Northgate, leads the Panthers with a .313 batting average.

Poropatic has started all 16 games for the Panthers. He has driven in 15 runs and belted two homers.

A year ago, LaGrange spent several weeks ranked No. 1 in the NCAA Division III baseball finishing with a 40-5 record and advancing to the NCAA Division III regionals.