MONDAY MORNING REWIND:
Looking back at the players, plays and games that caught our attention over the weekend. Let us know what you saw and heard.
Wide receiver Da’Rick Rogers finally had a game of note for Tennessee. Georgia’s No. 1 prospect for the Class of 2010 was actually the Vols’ leading rusher with 49 yards on three carries as UT lost 38-24 to South Carolina. However, the 6-foot-3, 215-poundwideout is still struggling to get the ball through the air. He did not have a catch.
“We’re trying to get him the ball a little bit more,” coach Derek Dooley told reporters after the game. “We’re struggling to do it throwing the ball for whatever reason. He’s a big, strong kid, and he’s practicing good. He’s a big, strong runner. . . . He was our leading rusher. We might play him at tailback next week.”
He was kidding.
Rogers was also one of three Tennessee players who was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct in the game.
“I was real disappointed,” Dooley said. “Da’Rick? Not very smart. And he admitted it. . . . That’s just not smart, sound football.”
Mike Hilton steals spotlight for Sandy Creek
I went down to Tyrone Friday night eager to get a look at wide receiver Alex Chisum, who stars for Class AAA No. 2-ranked Sandy Creek and is receiving a lot of recruiting attention of late. But it was a quiet night for the 6-foot-2, 185-pound Cincinnati commit as the Fighting Patriots won 10-0 in the “Channel 2 Sports Zone Friday Game of the Week.”
As it turned out, quarterback Ronnie Bell was ineligible to play in the game against cross-town rival Fayette County. So the Patriots went with freshman Cole Garvin at quarterback and didn’t throw the ball much. Chisum had one catch for three yards.
What I was pleasantly surprised to see was the standout performance of defensive back/running back Mike Hilton. I didn’t know much about Hilton going in, other than coach Chip Walker said he is “the best football player we have.” Hilton made good on his coach’s assessment as the 5-foot-10, 185-pound safety stepped in at tailback and led the Pats with 107 yards on 20 carries and scored the game’s only touchdown. He also ensured the victory with a late interception.
Hilton is getting a lot of looks from small to mid-level colleges. Based on what I saw he may deserve a harder look from the big boys.
Meanwhile, I’m told that Bell, who is 21-3 as Sandy Creek’s starting quarterback, will return to action this week. So, it seems, will Chisum.
Alabama’s Kirby Smart takes in Lassiter-Woodstock game
Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart, the Crimson Tide’s chief recruiter of Metro Atlanta, was at Lassiter Friday night to get a first-hand look at the Trojans’ sophomore quarterback Eddie Printz Jr.
It wasn’t the best of nights for Printz, who finished with 235 yards passing and one touchdown, as the Trojans lost 30-14. But Smart seemed to like what he saw and invited Printz to the Tide’s next home game against Mississippi Stat on Nov. 13. He also invited Printz to Bama’s elite camp next summer.
Printz, a sophomore, leads Cobb County with 1,805 yards passing and 16 TDs.
Auburn commit C.J. Uzomah does it all for North Gwinnett
QB/WR C.J. Uzomah rushed for 121 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries and was 13-for-19 passing for 96 yards and a touchdown for North Gwinnett (9-0), which beat Duluth 26-7 and clinched the Region 7 championship.
For the season, Uzomah, who splits time with Scotty Hosch at quarterback, the 6-foot-5, 235-pound senior has completed 82 percent of his passes for 648 yards, eight touchdowns and zero interceptions. He also leads the team in rushing with 384 yards on 59 carries and five touchdowns, and has 13 catches for 210 yards and two more scores.
Mike Davis paces Stephenson to crucial win over Newnan
Stephenson junior running back Mike Davis rushed for 166 yards on 15 carries and made a 60-yard run on the Jaguars’ game-winning drive, which ended with a Jordan Tarver touchdown in a 17-14 win over Newnan. Backfield mate Willie Davis had only 68 yards rushing, however, which broke the streak of four straight games in which both backs rushed for more than 100 yards. Both backs are over 1,000 yards rushing for the season. The Jaguars (9-0) are ranked No. 3 in Class AAAAA.
RDA IV stars in Westminster’s 37-14 win over Lovett
Ralph David Abernathy IV rushed for 224 yards and three touchdowns to lead Westminster to a 37-14 win over Lovett. Abnernathy’s 80-yard run early in the third quarter gave Westminster a 27-7 lead in a game that decided a subregion championship in Region 6.
Central Gwinnett QB Eman Westmoreland sets passing record
Central Gwinnett quarterback Eman Westmoreland completed 21-of-24 passes for 331 yards and five TDs, which set a school record. George Morris caught eight of those passes for 120 yards and a touchdown and added 74 yards and another TD as the Black Knights defeated Shiloh 51-27.
Around the SEC
Heisman Trophy frontrunner Cam Newton of Atlanta ran the ball much less but threw it extremely well in Auburn’s 51-31 win over Ole Miss. The Westlake High graduate completed 18-of-24 passes for 209 yards and two TDs while rushing 11 times for 45 yards. Still, he leads the SEC with 1,122 yards rushing and 14 TDs. . . . Freshman running back Michael Dyer of Little Rock, Ark., had 180 yards on 21 carries and a TD for the Tigers. . . .
True freshman tailback Raymond Sanders, a Stephenson graduate, had a career-high 24 rush attempts for 71 yards for Kentucky. However, he did have a fumble recovered by Mississippi State in the third quarter of the Wildcats’ 24-17 loss. . . . Freshman QB/RB/HB/WR Trey Burton had 110 yards rushing and two touchdowns in Florida’s 34-31 overtime win over Georgia. . . . Newnan’s Alec Ogletree had one tackle and a devastating block on a punt return for the Bulldogs. . . . Tailback Marcus Lattimore had 184 yards on 29 carries and a TD for South Carolina. . . .