Messenger Defensive Player of the Week

Messenger Defensive Player of the Week
Messenger Defensive Player of the Week

 Defense
 Taverius James
    School:    South Fulton    
    Grade:  Sophomore
          Height:    6-0
    Weight:    180
    Pos.:  Linebacker

By the numbers: After losing his starting job for less than acceptable effort, James answered the challenge by turning in his best overall play of the season in the Devils’ 26-12 victory over Gleason. He was in on 12 tackles all totaled and also had a sack of Bulldog quarterback Conner Verdell in the first quarter. For the season, James ranks third on the SF tackle chart with 28 stops in five games.
Sound bite: “Taverius had a great week of preparation beforehand and really responded to losing his starting job with an outstanding effort,” South Fulton head coach Kelly Spivey said while lauding James. “He really rose to the challenge. He carried out his responsibilities and was fundamentally sound. He makes us much better defensively when he’s on the field and he needs to remained focused and give us the effort he’s capable of every week as we try to get back to the playoffs against some quality competition the second half of the season.”
HONORABLE MENTION: Willy Kneuppel, SF sophomore linebacker, was credited with 11  tackles for the Redmen. Cody Tatum, SF junior linebacker, had nine tackles, including one behind the line of scrimmage, and also intercepted a pass that set up South Fulton’s first touchdown. Trey Maddox, UC senior linebacker, topped the Tornado hit list with six in all — including one for negative yardage and a sack of standout TCA quarterback Jabriel Washington. In all, the Twister defense was on the field for just 39 plays against a Lion team that nonetheless won in its first visit to Union City.

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