Clinton Lynch’s long reception in the second quarter of last weekend’s Georgia Tech football made some program history.
The Norcross grad became the first Yellow Jacket to top the 1,000-yard mark in both receiving and rushing with the 41-yard pass play in a 63-17 win over Bowling Green.
“I was really listening in for the announcer, once I heard him, I knew I did it,” the senior said. “I had my moment and went on to the next play.”
Lynch’s versatility continues to be a big weapon for Georgia Tech — he has seven catches for a team-high 209 yards and two scores this season, along with one rushing TD. He now has 1,138 rushing yards and 1,015 receiving yards.
The 6-foot, 192-pounder’s milestone was part of a memorable game for a couple of other Gwinnett products on the Tech roster, too.
North Gwinnett alum Anree Saint-Amour, a senior defensive end, returned an interception for a score, notching his first college interception and TD. He also had 2 1/2 tackles for losses, a sack and a quarterback hurry.
“We did a good job recognizing when it was going to be a pass play, which was a big key for us,” Saint-Amour said. “Great film study throughout the week and pass rush preparation.”
Linebacker David Curry, a Buford grad, had Tech’s other interception in the Bowling Green win. The junior inside linebacker, who has 17 tackles this season, had his first career pick in the fourth quarter.
“It was in our goal-line package, and I made a good read,” Curry said. “We practice that all the time, which allowed me to make a good break on the ball. They had been going to No. 21 all game, so I figured he would get the ball. As the quarterback threw the ball, No. 21 was yelling ‘No!’ and I picked it.”
Tech is back in action Friday night at 7 on ESPN against Louisville in a matchup of two teams aiming for first ACC win. Both are 0-2 in league play.
Mill Creek’s Victor Heyward had an interception and recovered a fumble in Georgia State’s 46-14 win over Louisiana-Monroe. … Greater Atlanta Christian’s Darius Slayton had team highs of five catches and 91 yards in Auburn’s 24-13 win over Ole Miss. Teammate Derrick Brown, a Lanier grad, had a sack and two tackles for losses. … Mill Creek alum Peyton Moore had two tackles for losses and a fumble recovery in Kennesaw State’s 24-10 win over Samford.
Grayson’s Bryce Smith had a game-high 13 tackles in Guilford College’s 30-28 loss to Bridgewater. … Not much went right for North Carolina in last week’s 47-10 loss to Miami (Fla.), but freshman Trey Morrison of GAC had three tackles (two for losses) and a sack. … Kielan Whitner of Mountain View had a team-high 11 tackles for Syracuse in its 27-23 loss to Clemson. … Norcross’ Jared Pinkney had two catches for 28 yards and a TD in Vanderbilt’s 31-27 win over Tennessee State.
Mancilla named all-tourney
Georgia College’s Austin Mancilla was named to the all-tournament team at the North Georgia Fall Invitational this week.
The Peachtree Ridge grad was fourth overall after rounds of 69, 68 and 71 on the Achasta Course by Reynolds. His score helped the Bobcats to a runner-up finish in the team standings.
Howe posts top-20 finish
Georgia College junior Maddy Howe, a Hebron Christian grad, placed 19th of 346 runners in the Louisville Classic Silver 5K Race last weekend.
Howe’s finished helped Georgia College to first out of a field of 43 teams. Her time was 19 minutes, 46 seconds.
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