College Sports Roundup
By Brandon Sumrall | Special to the Advertiser
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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Javae Swindle (Jemison 2012) contributed 30 carries for a career-high and school record 228 yards for No. 20 West Alabama (6-3, 4-1 Gulf South Conference) in a 30-27 overtime loss in conference play at North Alabama (6-2, 4-1 GSC) on Nov. 2 in Florence.
His performance for the game thrust the 5-foot-4, 162-pounder to become the current GSC leader in rushing yards with 834 on 113 attempts to complement six touchdowns.
The sophomore did not take long to catalyze the Tigers’ offense in the matchup against the Lions, rushing for 141 yards in the opening quarter, highlighted by a 70-yard touchdown at the 6:44 mark.
The first quarter ended in a 10-10 deadlock, and UWA rallied to a 24-10 advantage by halftime following an 11-yard TD run by Kyle Caldwell and 20-yard TD pass to Chad Toocheck from Caldwell.
The second half for the Tigers was marked with struggles that included failing to capitalize points on four appearances in the red zone, while the Lions cemented a comeback to force overtime with the score at 24-24 at the end of regulation.
In the overtime period, UWA kicker Mark Grant posted a 33-yard field goal in the opening possession but UNA responded with a 4-play, 25-yard drive that was capped with by a 16-yard TD run from Luke Wingo for the win.
On Nov. 9, the Tigers will resume competition at home against Shorter (1-8, 0-5 GSC) in Livingston.
UWA ranked among the NCAA Div. II Top 25 by the American Football Coaches Association poll released on Oct. 28.
Anthony Johnson (Maplesville 2013) recorded two receptions for 12 yards as a starting wide receiver for Jacksonville State in a 42-7 triumph in Ohio Valley Conference play at Austin Peay State on Nov. 2 in Clarksville, Tenn.
The game was highlighted by JSU running back DaMarcus James, who contributed 19 carries for 102 yards and a school record five rushing touchdowns.
Following the matchup, JSU improves to 7-2 (3-2 OVC) and APSU falls to 0-9 (0-5 OVC).
For the season, Johnson totals 20 catches for 244 yards and two TDs.
On Nov. 9, JSU will resume competition at home against Eastern Kentucky (6-3, 4-1 OVC) in Jacksonville.
Taylor Hughes (Chilton County 2010) completed 10-of-11 passes for 234 yards and one touchdown en route to leading Huntingdon College to a 50-20 victory in USA South Athletic Conference play at Averett on Nov. 2 in Danville, Va.