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Gwinnett Grads: Chapple puts up one of SoCon's top games

One after another last Saturday, Lee Chapple's passes kept finding their targets.

Eventually the Georgia Southern quarterback had completed his first 17 passes in a 26-21 win over Southern Conference rival Wofford. His 18th attempt was a drop, ending a school-record run of completions that also was the second-best effort in SoCon history.

"I honestly didn't think about (the streak) until somebody told me after the game," Chapple said. "I really wasn't thinking about it, but it's nice to have it. But it's better to have a 'W.' We needed that win."

Chapple finished 25 of 28 (89.3 percent) for 187 yards and a touchdown. The Greater Atlanta Christian grad has completed 124 of 184 passes this season for 991 yards and six TDs.

His favorite target last week was Mitchell Williford, a freshman from Peachtree Ridge who had career bests of seven catches for 64 yards.

"(Williford's) playing great for us in the slot," Chapple said. "He's one of our leading receivers. He's a guy I really look for on the field when he's in the game."

Norcross grad Dion DuBose has led the Eagles' defense with a team-high 40 tackles (21 solos).

Georgia Southern travels to North Carolina today for a tough matchup with the Tar Heels.

FOOTBALL

May fills in nicely at LaGrange

Making his first start since leading Buford to last year's Class AA state title, Michael May won again as a LaGrange College freshman.

May completed 21 of 34 passes for 161 yards and two TDs, with no interceptions, as LaGrange defeated Lincoln 20-7. He was forced into action when the team's starter was injured the previous week.

It wasn't May's first action of the season, though. He is now 29 of 47 passing for 244 yards and three TDs.

Quick hits

Dacula grad Cameron Kenney caught his first TD pass as an Oklahoma Sooner, grabbing the first score in a 21-20 loss last weekend at Miami. Kenney finished with team bests of six catches for 72 yards. ... Norcross grad Darius Hanks also scored his first career TD in Alabama's 38-20 win over Kentucky last Saturday. He finished with two catches for 34 yards. ... South Carolina's Kenny Miles, a Brookwood grad, carried 10 times for 60 yards and scored his first college TD in a 38-14 win over S.C. State last weekend. ... Collins Hill grad Rashad Head, a redshirt freshman at Albany (N.Y.), made three tackles and intercepted his first pass in last Saturday's 27-6 win over St. Francis (Pa.).

SOCCER

Clarke gets SEC honor

LSU's Melissa Clarke, a Norcross grad, was named the SEC women's soccer player of the week on Monday. The senior had a goal and an assist in a win over Alabama and a goal in a win over Auburn, upping her team-best totals to seven goals and three assists this season.

Duque gets NJCAA award

Georgia Perimeter College freshman Alejandro Duque, a Phoenix grad and Duluth resident, was named National Junior College Athletic Association player of the week. Duque had two goals and two assists in a win over Mercy County CC and added another goal in a win over Louisburg.

GPC also moved from No. 3 to No. 1 in the NJCAA national rankings.

CROSS COUNTRY

Berkmar grads shine in college

Girma Mecheso leads a pack of Berkmar runners excelling on the college level. Mecheso, a star last season as an Auburn freshman, has transferred to Oklahoma State. He ran his first race with his new team last weekend, finishing 22nd in the 8K Cowboy Jamboree with a time of 24 minutes, 22 seconds. Oklahoma State is ranked second nationally.

Berkmar's Angel De Los Santos is a freshman at Chattahoochee Technical College. He ran a personal-best time of 31:22.40 in the 8K Greater Louisville Classic last weekend.

Truett-McConnell sophomore Brett Rosser ran 30:54 in the 8K Eye Opener Invite (S.C.), while former Berkmar teammate Terence Boyd, a junior at Valdosta State, ran his 8K personal best last weekend, too. He finished the Gulf Coast Stampede in 29:03.

TENNIS

Poole wins twice in debut

North Gwinnett grad Jordan Poole won twice in her college tennis debut for North Georgia College and State University. She won at No. 2 singles and No. 2 doubles in a team victory over Young Harris.

Gwinnett Grads is a column that runs on Saturdays spotlighting the achievements of past Gwinnett standouts. Coaches and parents are urged to send suggestions via e-mail to will.hammock@gwinnettdailypost.com or via fax to 770-339-8081.

SideBar: IN FRONT OF THE CAMERAS

A quick look at where to watch former Gwinnett standouts in today's college football action:

Noon - Purdue at Minnesota, ESPN2

Brookwood's David Pittman (No. 9) plays wide receiver for Minnesota.

Noon - Richmond at James Madison, CSS

Parkview's Tremayne Graham is a defensive back (No. 23) and Collins Hill's Pierre Turner (No. 34) is a defensive lineman for Richmond.

12:20 p.m. - Georgia at Tennessee, WPCH

For UGA, Norcross' Fred Munzenmaier (No. 48) plays fullback, GAC's Caleb King (No. 4) plays running back, Brookwood's Rennie Curran (No. 35) plays linebacker, GAC's Christian Robinson (No. 45) plays linebacker, Peachtree Ridge's Drew Butler (No. 13) is a punter, Buford's Dallas Lee (No. 64) is a center, Dacula's Jeremy Sulek (No. 11) is a wide receiver, Parkview's Jason Veal (No. 49) is a linebacker, Wesleyan's Josh Parrish (No. 55) is an offensive lineman, Parkview's Jordan Stowe (No. 92) is a kicker, Buford's Billy Johnson (No. 94) is a snapper and Brookwood's Andrew Jensen (No. 96) is a kicker.

12:30 p.m. - Kentucky at South Carolina, FSS

North's Ross Bogue (No. 86) plays tight end for Kentucky. Brookwood's Kenny Miles (No. 31) plays running back and Buford's Steven Singleton (No. 75) plays offensive line for South Carolina.

12:30 p.m. - Oklahoma State at Texas A&M, SportSouth

Central Gwinnett's Beau Johnson (No. 2) plays running back for Oklahoma State.

3:30 p.m. - Alabama at Ole Miss, CSS

Grayson's Lorenzo Washington (No. 97) plays defensive line and Norcross' Darius Hanks (No. 15) plays wide receiver for Alabama. For Ole Miss, Parkview's Julian Whitehead (No. 28) pplays defensive back, Peachtree Ridge's Brandon Sanders (No. 14) plays defensive back, Buford's Melvin Harris (No. 5) plays wide receiver, Buford's Tyler King (No. 33) plays fullback and Peachtree Ridge's Trey Trip (No. 44) plays linebacker.

3:30 p.m. - Wisconsin at Ohio State, ABC

Peachtree Ridge's Cameron Heyward (No. 97) plays defensive line for Ohio State.

3:30 p.m. - Marshall at Tulane, CSS

Norcross' Brooks Cunningham (No. 91) plays defensive end and Peachtree Ridge's Phillip Davis (No. 13) plays cornerback for Tulane.

4 p.m. - Chattanooga at Samford, SportSouth

Berkmar's Kadeem Wise (No. 27) plays defensive back, Collins Hill's T.J. Hurless (No. 74) and Mill Creek's Austin Wilson (No. 54) plays offensive line for Chattanooga. Peachtree Ridge's Cody Crowell (No. 55) plays defensive end, Peachtree Ridge's Erik Peterson (No. 88) plays defensive end, Central's Bryce Smith (No. 47) plays linebacker and Parkview's Luke Keller (No. 71) plays defensive end for Samford.

7:15 p.m. - Colorado at Texas, ESPN

Grayson's Conrad Obi (No. 93) plays defensive end for Colorado.

8 p.m. - Florida at LSU, CBS

Buford's Omar Hunter (No. 99) plays defensive line and Buford's T.J. Pridemore (No. 45) plays fullback for Florida. For LSU, GAC's T-Bob Hebert (No. 53) plays offensive line, Peachtree Ridge's Derrick Bryant (No. 36) plays cornerback and Peachtree Ridge's Kevin Minter (No. 46) plays linebacker.

8 p.m. - Georgia Tech at Florida State, ESPN2

Duluth's Jason Davis (No. 45) plays defensive back, South's Zach Krish (No. 74) is an offensive lineman, Central Gwinnett's Josh Aiken-Phillips (No. 67) is an offensive lineman, Buford's Chase Hudson (No. 63) is an offensive lineman, Berkmar's Onu Okebie (No. 87) is a wide receiver, Parkview's Jared Polak (No. 27) is a linebacker, Norcross' Chris Tanner (No. 17) is a kicker and North Gwinnett's Tyler Jarry (No. 31) is a running back for Georgia Tech.