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Gwinnett Grads: Gyawu shines from get-go

One of Gwinnett's top goal scorers the past few years has wasted no time matching that success at the college level.

Parkview grad Kofi Gyawu, a freshman forward for 25th-ranked Alabama-Birmingham, leads his new soccer team in goals (six) and points (13), earning Conference USA offensive player of the week honors on Monday. He received the award for his hat trick, UAB's first since 2003, in a win over Florida International.

It also marked the first time a UAB player had scored three goals against a conference opponent since 1994.

"I am pleased with Kofi that he's been recognized for his recent success," UAB head coach Mike Getman said. "Kofi has been getting better and better every game and I am not surprised he's the leading scorer for our team."

Gyawu didn't start the Florida International game, but entered late in the first half and scored twice in a span of 2 minutes, 1 second. He added his second goal in the 79th minute.

SOCCER

Diaz-Matosas lifts South Carolina

Seventh-ranked South Carolina remained unbeaten last weekend with a 1-0 win over Auburn, winning on an overtime goal by Brookwood grad Samantha Diaz-Matosas.

Diaz-Matosas scored an unassisted goal in the 98th minute with a high shot from 20 yards out. It was her third goal of the season.

Eddy scores UGA game-winner

Georgia freshman Laura Eddy, a Duluth resident who went to Marist, scored her first college goal with just 8:42 remaining last Sunday and it was the game-winner in a 2-1 win over Mississippi State.

Eddy won a 50-50 ball on the left side and fired a shot through traffic for the goal, which improved the Bulldogs to 11-2-1 on the season.

CROSS COUNTRY

Raines gets GCSU honor

Collins Hill grad Heather Raines was named the Georgia College and State University athlete of the week on Tuesday after winning the 5K Southern Challenge in Marietta.

Raines finished the course in 20 minutes, 56 seconds, becoming the first Bobcat runner to win an individual title since 2004. GCSU also won the team title.

The GCSU men finished the meet in second behind Shiloh grad Michael Heuett (12th, 31:01 on 8K course), Collins Hill grad Rob Manning (14th, 31:11) and Mill Creek grad Colin Conroy (17th, 31:46).

FOOTBALL

Quick hits

Kenny Miles continues to lead a group of South Carolina running backs. The Brookwood grad carried 17 times for 100 yards in last Saturday's 28-26 win over Kentucky. It was the freshman's first college 100-yard game. ... Buford grad Justin Roper is back from a concussion for Montana, hitting an 84-yard touchdown pass in last Saturday's win. He completed 5 of 10 passes for 123 yards in a 35-23 homecoming win over 15th-ranked Cal Poly. ... Lawson McGlon, a Buford grad, made a 39-yard field goal in South Alabama's win last weekend over Georgia Military.

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.

IN FRONT OF THE CAMERAS

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

11:30 a.m. - Charleston Southern at Gardner-Webb, SportSouth

North's David Montgomery (No. 1) plays running back and Grayson's Jonathan Langston (No. 44) plays linebacker for Gardner-Webb.

Noon - Texas vs. Oklahoma, ABC

Dacula's Cameron Kenney (No. 6) is a wide receiver for Oklahoma.

Noon - Wake Forest at Clemson, WUPA

Collins Hill's Barrett McMillan (No. 61) plays offensive line, GAC's Ben Wooster (No. 85) plays tight end, Meadowcreek's Cyhl Quarles (No. 5) plays safety, Brookwood's Terence Davis (No. 81) plays wide receiver and GAC's Chris Langley (No. 17) plays wide receiver for Wake Forest. For Clemson, Parkview's Michael Palmer (No. 86) plays tight end and Brookwood's Dawson Zimmerman (No. 96) is a punter.

Noon - Richmond at Maine, 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 Vanderbilt, 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. For Vandy, Duluth's Kennard Reeves (No. 28) plays running back, Parkview's Greg Billinger (No. 56) plays defensive line, Collins Hill's T.J. Greenstone (No. 74) plays defensive line, Grayson's Tristan Strong (No. 24) plays linebacker and GAC's Blake Southerland (No. 35) plays linebacker.

12:30 p.m. - Princeton at Brown, Versus

GAC's Meko McCray (No. 29) plays defensive back for Princeton.

3:30 p.m. - Arkansas at Florida, CBS

Buford's Omar Hunter (No. 99) plays defensive line and Buford's T.J. Pridemore (No. 45) plays fullback for Florida.

3:30 p.m. - USC at Notre Dame, NBC

Norcross' Brice Butler (No. 83) plays wide receiver for USC.

3:30 p.m. - Minnesota at Penn State, ESPN

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

3:30 p.m. - Appalachian State at Wofford, SportSouth

GAC's Landon Bennett (No. 85) is a kicker and punter, North Gwinnett's Eric Eberhardt (No. 98) plays defensive line, North Gwinnett's Kenny Barnes (No. 80) plays tight end and Dacula's Calvin Cantrell (No. 66) plays offensive line for Wofford.

6 p.m. - Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech, 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.

7 p.m. - UAB at Ole Miss, Fox Sports South

Dacula's Zach Lankford (No. 84) plays tight end, Grayson's Logan Creel (No. 72) plays offensive line, Buford's Blake Bennett (No. 54) plays offensive line, Central's Kaycee Ike (No. 60) plays offensive line, Grayson's Jim Mitchell (No. 40) plays running back and Shiloh's Justin Smartt (No. 26) plays defensive back for UAB. For Ole Miss, Parkview's Julian Whitehead (No. 28) plays 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.

7 p.m. - Kansas at Colorado, SportSouth

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

7:45 p.m. - South Carolina at Alabama, ESPN

Brookwood's Kenny Miles (No. 31) plays running back and Buford's Steven Singleton (No. 75) plays offensive line for South Carolina. Grayson's Lorenzo Washington (No. 97) plays defensive line and Norcross' Darius Hanks (No. 15) plays wide receiver for Alabama.

9:15 p.m. - Missouri at Oklahoma State, ESPN2

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