Where Are They Now?
Usher continues impressive start to college career
It's been quite a week for former Northgate High School football standouts now playing on college rosters.
In addition to Brandon Facyson's impressive freshman season at Virginia Tech, which continued with yet another interception in a win over Georgia Tech on Thurday, former high school teammate and Times-Herald Co-Offensive Player of the Year Payton Usher's c continued his fast start for the Mercer Bears.
Usher helped push Mercer, which is in its first football season in 61 years, to a 2-0 record with 154 yards on 12 carries, including a 65-yard score Saturday en route to the team's 43-0 win over Berry College.
Usher's former teammate at Northgate, Andrew Brady had five tackles for Berry in the loss. Berry is also in its first football season.
Matthews gets first interception for Bulldogs. Newnan graduate Tray Matthews, a starter in the University of Georgia secondary as a true freshman, intercepted his first college pass last week in Georgia's 45-21 win over North Texas. Matthews and the No. 9 Bulldogs get back in SEC action at home this week against No. 6-ranked LSU.
Roper intercepts pass in Massachusetts Martime win: Massachusetts Maritime senior Sheldon Ropper, who played at Northgate, had an interception return t for 34 yards en route to the team's 52-18 win.
Local graduates getting playing time with West Georgia defense: The West Georgia Wolves fell last Saturday 38-28 to Midwesten State, but linebacker Adam Strakose had five tackles and David Singleton and Zack Fore three each. West Georgia is 2-1.
Candler Rich begins college career at Yale: The Heritage School's all-time leading rusher began his college career last Saturday at Yale. Rich carried the ball four times for 17 yards, his longest that went for eight yards in the team's 39-22 win over Colgate.
Tay Willis second in rushing for Southern Illinois: Former East Coweta Indian Tay Willis has rushed for 198 yards through the first four games for the Salukis. He also had 11 catches for 72 yards. The Salukis are 2-2.
Nigel Gay getting into act at North Greenville: Former East Coweta standout Nigel Gay has already seen plenty of action in his first season of college football. Gay is the team's primary kick returner and is averaging 18 yards per attempt. He also has an interception from his defensive spot.
Ingram standing out in Shorter secondary: East Coweta graduate Austin Ingram has made 10 tackles for Shorter so far this season. Ingram and his Shorter teammates are 0-3. They host West Georgia in a Gulf South Conference game Saturday.
Hutcheson among three quarterbacks used at Savannah State: Savannah State did everything it could last Saturday against Miami, but fell 77-7. Former East Coweta quarterback Zach Hutcheson was among three quarterbacks used by the team.