Houston County likely has had its fill of backup quarterbacks from Columbia County.
Earlier this season, Grovetown replaced starting quarterback Hunter Peace with Juwan Biggers prior to its matchup with the Bears. It was Biggers’ first start of the season and he was sensational. He torched Houston County’s defense for 253 yards and three touchdowns on just 14 carries.He also added an 89-yard kickoff return for another touchdown as Grovetown won a tight game 27-23.
Then, on Sept. 12, Lakeside’s Tanner Brassell put on a show in the Panthers 37-35 thriller over the Bears. Brassell, who has been a two-year starter as a defensive back, became the third Panther to start under center this season and likely will be the last. He was an astonishing 15 of 18 passing for 325 yards and four touchdowns as he led the Panthers to a huge road victory.
“The 15 of 18 is even better when you see the film, because we were throwing long passes downfield,” said Panther coach Jarret Troxler.
Brassell played quarterback for the junior varsity earlier in his Lakeside career but was stuck behind Ben Wilson, then Mark Weidenaar, then Hunter Banks. To get some playing time, Brassell moved to defensive back, where he has been a solid performer.
Garrett still hot
Harlem High School’s Lady Bulldogs advanced to the Elite 8 in Class AA Softball with another state tournament sweep. This time around, Harlem topped Bleckley County 5-0 and 10-1 to earn a spot in the Elite 8, which will be held in Columbus, Ga., next week.
Once again, freshman fireballer Amber Garrett was the story. In game one, Garrett pitched all 14 innings, giving up just a single run as Harlem swept. This past week, in the second round, Garrett only allowed four hits and struck out 15 batters in 13 innings of work.
The two wins moved Harlem’s record to 28-7. They finished the season with a perfect record at home.
This is getting to be old hat for the Lady Wolfpack.
They swept past Ola 3-2 and 8-6 to earn yet another trip to the Elite 8. Greenbrier won the state crown in 2004 and has been a fixture in the Elite 8 for more than a decade. With the wins, Greenbrier improves to 29-6.
Former Greenbrier standout Brandon Cumpton was invited to play in the Arizona Fall League. This is usually a precursor for getting the call to the big leagues.
The former Georgia Tech standout was selected in the ninth round by the Pittsburgh Pirates following three solid seasons for the Jackets. At Class AA Altoona in the Eastern League, he finished the season 12-11 with an ERA of 3.84. He only walked 46 batters in 152 innings of work.
This fall, Cumpton is pitching for the Scottsdale Scorpions after getting the invite to pitch in the prestigious AFL.