By: Patrick Bird
The high school football playoffs have finally arrived, and its time for these future Owls to give it their all for one last shot at winning a state title for their high schools. Even though Kennesaw State has suffered straight back-to-back losses the last two weeks, that doesn’t seem to discourage these future Owls from wanting to put on the black and gold in the future. Sadly, not all of our commits were able to make the playoffs, but we’re still going to be keeping you updated on all the latest news.
Landon Smothers, a commitment out of the 2016 class from Muscle Shoals High School in Alabama rushed for 71 yards and a touchdown in Muscle Shoals’ season ending loss to Minor High School in the second round of the Alabama High School Football State Playoffs. He also threw for 61 yards and a touchdown. Muscle Shoals finishes with a record of 11-1 on the year, and the next time we see Smothers, he will be in the Black and Gold.
Chris Byrd, a commitment out of the 2016 class from Gainesville High School in Gainesville, Georgia had 20 carries for 119 yards and 2 touchdowns in Gainesville’s 25-14 win over Alexander High School in the first round of the GHSA 5A State Playoffs. He also had 3 catches for 26 yards and 5 tackles on defense. Gainesville will visit Stockbridge High School in the second round of the GHSA 5A State Football Playoffs this Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Bryson Armstrong, a commitment out of the 2016 class from Kell High School in Marietta, Georgia had 11 carries for 79 yards and a touchdown in Kell’s 37-33 win over Creekside High School in the first round of the GHSA 5A State Football Playoffs. He also had 2 catches for 46 yards and 17 tackles on defense. Kell will visit Coffee High School in the second round of the GHSA 5A State Football Playoffs this Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Zach Thompson, a commitment out of the 2016 class from Emanuel County Institute in Twin City, Georgia had a week off last week. Emanuel County will host Telfair County in the first round of the GHSA Single-A Public School State Football Playoffs this Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Forrest Evans, a commitment out of the 2016 class from Walton High School in Marietta, Georgia had a rough night at the line of scrimmage in Walton’s 49-20 season ending loss to Central Gwinnett High School in the first round of the GHSA 6A State Football Playoffs. Walton High School finishes with a record of 9-3 on the year, and the next time we see Evans, he will be in the Black and Gold.
Malik Oliver, a commitment out of the 2016 class from Douglas County High School in Douglasville, Georgia finished his high school football career with Douglas County, and the next time we see Oliver, he will be in the Black and Gold.
Jabir Frye, a commitment out of the 2016 class from Escambia High School in Pensacola, Florida finished his high school football playing career with Escambia High School, and the next time we see Frye, he will be in the Black and Gold.
Shaquil Terry, a commitment out of the 2016 class from McAdory High School in McCalla, had 12 carries for 71 yards in Mcadory’s 34-3 season ending loss to Benjamin Russell High School. He also had 7 catches for 98 yards. McAdory High School finishes with a record of 10-2 on the year, and the next time we see Terry, he will be in the Black of Gold.
Kennesaw State’s Inaugural Season will be coming to close this Saturday as KSU will play it’s final game on the road against the Blue Hose of Presbyterian College. The game will he held at Bailey Memorial Stadium in Clinton, South Carolina at 2 p.m., and it will also be Senior Day for the Blue Hose players. Fans can watch the game on the Big South Network. Presbyterian comes into this game with a record of 1-9, and 0-5 in the Big South Conference. Presbyterian will be looking to send it’s senior class off with their first conference win of the season.
Kennesaw State comes into this game with a record of 6-4, and 2-3 in the Big South Conference. Kennesaw State will be looking for their seventh win of the season, and looking to finish with a .500 record in conference play in only their first year as a program. With a win over Presbyterian on Saturday, KSU has the chance to finish third in the Big South Conference. That is only two spots behind two top 10 ranked FCS teams. For a first year program to accomplish all that KSU has done this year is almost unheard of. This was not your typical first year program.
Three NCAA schools launched football programs for the first time in 2015. Those schools were Kennesaw State, East Tennessee State, and Finlandia University. If you were to combine all three school’s records from this season, that would come out to a total of 10 wins and 20 losses. Kennesaw State had 6 of those 10 wins, and only 4 of those 20 losses. That is definitely not something you usually hear for a first year program that also played a full conference schedule. Picked to finish last in the conference by almost every media outlet, Kennesaw State definitely proved the doubters wrong. The future definitely looks bright for KSU Football. Go Owls!!