Around the County: Cherokee’s Ashley leads Gridiron Club honorees
by Tribune staff reports
September 03, 2014 01:03 AM | 2787 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Accounting for more than 400 yards of offense last week, it’s no surprise that quarterback Spencer Ashley was named the Offensive Player of the Week for Cherokee when the Cherokee County Gridiron Club announced its weekly award winners Tuesday.

Also recognized from Cherokee were Dwayne Tiller (defense) and Gary Dubiel (special teams).

After Woodstock grounded out a 9-0 victory over Johns Creek, center Nash Reed was rewarded by being named the Offensive Player of the Week. Eric Monroe (defense) and Josh Loud (special teams) were the other Wolverines recognized.

Etowah recognized Alex Smith (offense), Caleb Barden-Street (defense) and Stuart Head (special teams) as players of the week in the Eagles’ victory over Sequoyah.

Sequoyah recognized Adam Patterson (offense), McGwire Wells (defense) and Wesley Potter (special teams) for their efforts.

For the first time, Reinhardt was also included in the weekly honors, following its narrow season-opening loss at Mercer. Among the Eagles recognized were Nathan Lingo (offense), Javier Dyer (defense), L.J. Stegall (special teams), Jon Austin Bridges (defensive practice) and James Richardson (offensive practice).

Creekview and River Ridge both had the week off.

Stegall named Mid-South Special Teams Player of the Week: Stegall earned one of the first awards of the 2014 season, as the sophomore was named the Mid-South Conference Special Teams Player of the Week on Monday.

Stegall had a pivotal 92-yard kickoff return in Thursday’s game against Mercer, which set up a go-ahead touchdown on the first play of the third quarter.

For the game, Stegall had 217 yards on returns. He added 24 rushing yards and 35 receiving yards, for 276 all-purpose.

Last year, Stegall was named the Mid-South West Offensive Freshman of the Year after scoring 17 touchdowns for the Eagles.

Reinhardt will be back in action Saturday when it travels to No. 18 Lindsey Wilson.

Men’s soccer picks up another win: Jose Rubio earned a hat trick, and Phil Abrahamsen scored as well as Reinhardt’s men’s soccer team earned its second win in as many games with a 4-0 victory over Brewton-Parker on Saturday.

Abrahamsen, a senior, scored his goal against Brewton-Parker in the 18th minute.

Reinhardt will play its next match Friday, when Florida Memorial visits Ken White Field as part of a doubleheader with the Lady Eagles soccer team. The men’s game will begin at 4 p.m.

Men’s cross country opens with second-place finish: Roger Herrera finished fifth as the Reinhardt men’s cross country team finished second at the Mountaintop Invitational, hosted by Covenant College in Lookout Mountain.

Herra finished with 3.1-mile course with a time of 18 minutes 18.26 seconds. Trailing Herra by 11 seconds was teammate Alex Garcia, who finished sixth.

Nick Zvirbulis finished 10th at 19:12.32, followed by Alex York (11th, 19:17.98). The final point-scorer for the Eagles was Justin Pirkle (19:21.74).

All 10 members of the men’s team finished under the 24-minute mark.

On the women’s side, Jazzmine Gonzalez led Reinhardt with an 11th-place time of 14:37.08 on a 2-mile course. The Lady Eagles finished fourth as a team.

Also scoring for Reinhardt were Cameron Hawkins (17th, 15:09.8), Anna Mills (22nd, 15:41.37), Shelby Bennett (25th, 16:07.03) and Ansley Avera (17:15.33).

Both squads will be back in action Saturday when they host the Reinhardt Cross Country Invitational in Waleska.
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