College Sports Roundup

Published 6:43 pm Wednesday, September 10, 2014

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 college level.

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Jemison graduate and NCAA Division II All-American second team performer Javae Swindle opened the 2014 campaign the same way he left last season: destroying opposing defenses.

In the season opener, the University of West Alabama running back contributed 123 yards and one touchdown on nine carries for a blistering 13.7 yards-per-carry average en route to leading the Tigers to a 44-20 victory at Stillman College (0-1) on Sept. 6.

His most notable rushing attempt came with 58 seconds remaining before halftime, a 48-yard touchdown that extended the UWA lead to 30-7 heading into intermission.

Extending into last season, he tallies five consecutive performances of more than 100 yards rushing.

On Sept. 13, the Tigers will resume competition at home against Shaw University (0-1) in Livingston.

Chilton County High School graduate Taylor Hughes finished with more than 300 total yards and three touchdowns as the starting quarterback for Huntingdon College (0-1) in a 49-42 loss at Louisiana College (1-0) on Sept. 6.

In the competition, the senior finished 18-of-27 passing for 275 yards and two touchdowns.

However, his most notable play came from the ground game.

With 11:29 remaining in the fourth quarter, he delivered a two-yard touchdown run to deliver a 42-35 advantage for the Hawks.

He would finish with 34 yards on nine rushing attempts.

At the 9:55 mark, the Wildcats responded by tying the game on a 5-yard touchdown run from Easton Melancon to cap a five-play, 77-yard drive.

Melancon followed by hauling in a game-winning touchdown with eight seconds remaining.

On Sept. 13, Huntingdon College will enter its next matchup, at home against Birmingham Southern College (0-1) in Montgomery.

Riley Tindol (Autauga Academy 2014) is a 6-foot-5, 275-pound offensive lineman for Vanderbilt University, which falls to 0-2 after suffering a 41-3 loss in a Southeastern Conference opener at home against No. 15 Ole Miss (2-0) on Sept. 6 in Nashville, Tenn.

The freshman is a Billingsley native.

Anthony Johnson (Maplesville 2013) recorded three receptions for seven yards as a wide receiver for Jacksonville State University (1-1) in a 26-23 triumph in overtime at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (0-2) on Sept. 6 in Chattanooga, Tenn.

For the season, the sophomore tallies four receptions for 30 yards.

Spencer Watley (Chilton County 2013) is a 5-10, 258-pound offensive lineman for Jacksonville State University.

Damian Mitchell (Maplesville 2014) is a 5-7, 156-pound wide receiver for Birmingham-Southern College, which opened the year with a 34-28 loss in overtime at home against LaGrange College (0-1) on Sept. 6 in Birmingham.

On Sept. 13, the Panthers will resume competition at Huntingdon College (0-1) in Montgomery.

Raequane Jones (Jemison 2014) is a 6-1, 180-pound linebacker for Miles College, which opened with a 30-6 victory at home against Shaw University (0-1) on Sept. 6 in Fairfield.

Men’s golf

Ivan Truss (Chilton County 2014) is in his first season for Samford University, which opened at the Marshall University Invitational from Sept. 8-9 in Huntington, W.Va.

Results were not available at press time.

Forrest Knight (Chilton County 2013) enters his sophomore year for University of North Alabama, which opens at the Kiawah Island Invitational from Sept. 15-16 in Kiawah Island, S.C.

University of South Carolina will host the event.

In 2013, Knight earned a varsity letter for the Lions.


Amber Wyatt (Isabella 2011) is a middle blocker for University of South Alabama, which improved to 2-4 after posting a 3-0 sweep of Ball State University (3-3) at the University of Wyoming Cowgirl Classic on Sept. 6 in Laramie, Wyo.

From Sept. 11-13, the Jaguars will enter its next competition at the Maroon Classic, hosted by Mississippi State University in Starkville, Miss.

Alandra Griffith (Isabella 2014) recorded 10 kills, one ace and one block for Wallace Community College-Selma (4-3) in a 2-1 loss at home against Southern Union State Community College (4-6) on August 23 in Selma.

For the season, the middle hitter tallies five starts.

Keely Powell (Isabella 2014) is a defensive specialist for Wallace Community College-Selma.

Ericka Brascome (Isabella 2014) is a right side hitter for Wallace Community College-Selma.

–Compiled by Christopher Graber