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Bears too much for Johnson, William & Mary on the road
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The following is an update on former Newton County high school players and their on-the-field performances during the 2013 season:

Akeem Hunt, Newton – Hunt and the Purdue Boilermakers continued their losing streak this past Saturday, falling 14-0 on the road at Michigan State.

The loss is the fifth in a row for the Boilermakers, who have not won a game since Sept. 7 against Indiana State.

Hunt led Purdue with 43 rushing yards on nine carries and also grabbed three catches for 36 yards.

Hunt returned one kick for 20 yards, leading the Boilermakers with 99 all-purpose yards.

Hunt and Purdue return to action Nov. 2 with a home game against Big 10 leader Ohio State at noon.

D.J. Hill, Newton – Hill and the Virginia Cavaliers continued their mid-season slide, dropping a 35-22 decision to Duke last Saturday.

The loss is the fourth consecutive defeat for the Cavaliers, who fell to 2-5.

Hill played but did not record a statistic.

Virginia returns to action Saturday at home against Georgia Tech, with kickoff set for 12:30 p.m.

Devon Edwards, Alcovy – One former Newton County athlete's pain is another's gain, as Edwards and the Blue Devils defeated Hill and the Cavaliers this past weekend for Duke's fifth win of the season.

The Blue Devils are just one win away from reaching back-to-back bowl games for the first time in school history.

Edwards recorded three tackles, assisting on one take-down while tallying a pair of solo tackles.

Duke returns to action this Saturday with a chance to gain ground in the ACC Coastal Division race. The Blue Devils will hit the road to take on division foe Virginia Tech at 3:30 p.m. in Blacksburg, Va.

Deandre Rashada, Newton – Rashada and the Hornets were off this past weekend, preparing for next week's opponent, Alabama A&M.

The Hornets are 5-2 overall, winning five straight games, including a 48-42 overtime victory Oct. 12 against Prairie View A&M.

On the season, Rashada is third on the team with 49 total tackles, 29 of which were unassisted.

Alabama State will host Alabama A&M this Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

James Johnson, Eastside – Johnson and the William & Mary Tribe traveled to Orono, Maine and took on the Maine Black Bears, coming away with a 34-20 loss.

Johnson started at left guard for the Tribe.

William & Mary gained just 279 yards of total offense and was limited to 130 yards on the ground.

The offensive line also gave up three sacks for a cumulative loss of 21 yards, including two sacks to the Black Bears' Airek Green.

William & Mary hosts homecoming this Saturday against James Madison at 3:30 p.m.

Jarrett Hubbard, Eastside –Hubbard and the Birmingham Southern Panthers dropped their third consecutive game this past Saturday in a 28-14 decision to Millsaps.

Hubbard started at right guard for the Panthers. The Panthers' offense gained 334 total yards, but lost four fumbles.

The Panthers travel to Mount Berry, Ga., Saturday to take on the Berry Vikings. Kickoff is set for noon.

Shaquille Huff, Eastside- Huff and the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders were off last weekend, resting up before taking on conference opponent Marshall on Oct. 24.

The Blue Raiders will face The Herd at 6:30 p.m.

For the season, Huff has 12 total tackles, including 2.5 tackles-for-loss.

Middle Tennessee State sports a 3-4 overall record, with a 1-2 mark in Conference USA play.

Joaquin Ross, Alcovy- Ross and the Presbyterian Blue Hose eearned a 49-35 win over conference foe VMI last weekend.

The victory gave the Blue Hose their second win of the season.

Ross tallied four total tackles in the win, with two unassisted tackles.

Presbyterian returns to action this Saturday at home against Point at 2 p.m.

Dante Blackmon, Eastside-

Blackmon and Appalachian State dropped their fourth consecutive game this past weekend, falling 27-10 to Furman.

With the loss, the Mountaineers are now 1-6 on the season.

Blackmon recorded one assisted tackle in the loss.

For the season, the freshman has 10 total tackles in seven games played, with one pass defended.

Blackmon and the Mountaineers hope to get back on track Saturday at home against Georgia Southern at 3:30 p.m.