Portress captures Newnan's annual Ironman competition
In the wake of losing one of the nation's top safety recruits out of high school, Newnan's football team was expecting to count even more on its defensive centerpiece - middle linebacker Tonarius Portress - this fall.
The senior, who led the Cougars in tackles last season, sure didn't waste any time in addition to his leadership roles.
Portress was the overall winner of Newnan's Ironman competition held last week, determined through a combination of weight lifting and speed drills. Entering his third season as a starter, Portress (5-11, 220) posted a top bench press of 400 pounds and a power clean of 375. He also had a top squad of 505 pounds following a season where he finished with 124 tackles, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and two recoveries. Portress was also clocked at 4.71 seconds in the 40-yard dash. Senior linebacker Terrence Geter and junior running back/cornerback Javarius 'J.K' Britt finished second and third, respectively in the overall competition.
Geter, a top sprinter for the Cougars, led the 40-yard dash with a time of 4.43, while posting a squat of 500 pounds. Britt timed in at 4.67 seconds in the 40 and had a power clean of 255 to go with a top squat of 395 and a bench press of 265 pounds.
All three led respective weight divisions for the team. Portress topped the 205-225 category while Geter led players from 141-150 pounds. Britt, who has already earned a scholarship offer from Clemson, led the 171-180 division.
Senior lineman Anfenney Turner, an All-Region selection last fall, led the team in the over-245 pound category.