College Sports RoundupBy Stephen Dawkins Published 7:27am Friday, November 29, 2013
Editor’s note: Below is a compilation of the statistics and achievements compiled by graduates of Chilton County area schools who now compete at the collegiate level.
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Anthony Johnson (Maplesville 2013) tallied three receptions for 44 yards for No. 12 Jacksonville State (9-3, 5-3 OVC) in a 42-34 victory at home in Ohio Valley Conference play against Southeast Missouri (3-9, 2-6 OVC) on Nov. 23 in Jacksonville.
Following the sophomore’s performance in the regular season finale, he totals 28 catches for 340 yards and three touchdowns.
Following the triumph, JSU will compete at home in the opening round of the NCAA Div. IAA Playoffs against No. 18 Samford (8-4, 6-2 OVC) on Nov. 30.
The Gamecocks and Bulldogs were ranked among the NCAA Div. IAA Top 25 by the Football Championship Subdivision Coaches Poll released on Nov. 24.
Blake Lawley (Isabella 2010) concluded his senior season as a defensive lineman for Huntingdon College by providing 31 tackles as a consistent starter en route to leading the Hawks to a 7-2 record and a 5-2 mark in USA South Athletic Conference play.
For the year, he added four tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and one fumble recovery.
Javae Swindle (Jemison 2012) was recognized as All-Gulf South Conference first team as a running back, the conference announced on Nov. 20.
For the season, the West Alabama sophomore contributed more than 1,300 yards of total offense and 13 TDs to complement a conference record 8.9 yards-per-carry.
He totaled 145 carries for a GSC-leading 1,296 yards and 12 rushing TDs to accompany two receptions for 11 yards and one receiving TD.
His most compelling performances came in the final three weeks of the season.
On Nov. 2, he tallied 30 carries for a school-record 232 yards and one TD for UWA (8-3, 5-1 GSC) in a 30-27 loss at North Alabama (9-2, 5-1 GSC) in Florence, Ala.
He would break that record on Nov. 16 by tallying 19 carries for 283 yards and three touchdowns en route to claiming his second-consecutive GSC Offensive Player of the Week honor for leading UWA to a 91-28 victory at home against Central State on Nov. 16 in Livingston.
A week prior, he provided 13 carries for 182 yards and three TDs in a 63-17 victory at home against Shorter (2-9, 0-6 GSC).
Trey Bryant (Jemison 2012) competed in his third game of the year as a guard for HC in a 103-77 loss at Concordia-Selma (0-3) on Nov. 20 in Selma.
Taylor Hughes (Chilton County 2010) totaled five rebounds as a starting guard for Huntingdon College (0-4) in an 88-87 loss at home against Rust (3-1) on Nov. 23 in Montgomery.
It was the first game of the season for the junior, who concluded the football season by leading the Hawks to a 7-3 record and a 4-2 mark in USA South Athletic Conference play.
As a quarterback, he completed 97 of 142 pass attempts for 1,589 yards and 15 TDs to complement 52 carries for 407 yards and four rushing TDs.
Andy Phillips (Maplesville 2011) finished third in the saddle bronc with a total of 120 en route to leading West Alabama to a fourth place finish at the Trojan Stampede on Nov. 23 in Troy.
Missouri Valley College claimed the victory among the field of 10 teams.
Zachary Wilson (Billingsley 2012) placed fifth in the calf roping with a score of 50 for the Tigers at the Trojan Stampede.
Kasi Wells (Jemison 2011) concluded her junior season as a setter for Cumberlands by totaling a team-high 590 assists en route to leading the Bulldogs to a 14-21 record and a 5-13 mark in Mid-South Conference matches.
For the season, she totals 35 starts to add 152 digs, 62 kills and 16 aces.
Amber Wyatt (Isabella 2011) tallied three kills and two blocks for South Alabama (14-15, 9-9 SBC) in a 3-0 loss in the Sun Belt Conference quarterfinal match against Texas-Arlington (19-15, 10-8 SBC) on Nov. 21 in Troy.
Among the SBC, the junior is No. 5 in total blocks with 106.
For the season, she competed in 25 matches and made 19 starts to compile 100 kills, 20 digs and six assists.
Markeshia Bailey (Maplesville 2013) collected one rebound for Wallace Community College-Selma (0-5) in a 59-48 loss at home against Selma (1-0) on Nov. 7 in Selma.
Sharonda Cooper (Thorsby 2012) tallied four points and two assists for Faulkner State Community College (4-3) in a 49-48 triumph at home against Delgado Community College (0-6) on Nov. 19 in Bay Minette.