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 dropped their third consecutive game of the season this past weekend, falling 55-24 to Northern Illinois.
Hunt finished with 37 yards on 11 rushes, while also grabbing a pair of passes for 67 yards and a touchdown.
Hunt’s score came with 6:13 left in the first quarter, grabbing a 44-yard pass from Rob Henry to give Purdue a 7-3 lead over the Huskies.
Hunt also returned three kick-offs for 61 yards, giving the junior 165 all-purpose yards in the loss.
Hunt and the Boilermakers return to action on Oct. 12 against Nebraska in Big 10 play. Game time is set for noon.
D.J. Hill, Newton– Hill and the Virginia Cavaliers fell to 2-2 on the season this past weekend with a 14-3 loss to league rival Pitt.
Hill participated in the loss, but did not record a tackle.
The Cavaliers return to action on Oct. 5 against Ball State at noon.
Devon Edwards, Alcovy– Edwards and the Duke Blue Devils moved their record to 3-2 this weekend with a 38-31 win over Troy.
Edwards returned one kick-off in the win for 30 yards.
Edwards and the Blue Devils have a week off before returning to action on Oct. 12 against Navy at 12:3- p.m.
Deandre Rashada, Newton– Deandre Rashada and the Alabama State Hornets won their third consecutive game this past weekend, defeating Alcorn State 49-30.
Rashada finished with his highest tackle totals of the year with 10 total tackles recorded in the win. The junior finished with six solo tackles, while assisting on four others, and also recorded a pass break-up.
For the season, Rashada now has 25 total tackles.
Alabama State returns to action on Oct. 5 at 6 p.m. against Texas Southern.
James Johnson, Eastside– Johnson and the William & Mary Tribe enjoyed a week off this past weekend.
The Tribe is currently 3-1 overall, winning its last three games against Hampton, Layfayette and Rhode Island.
William & Mary returns to action on Oct. 5 against Villanova at 1 p.m.
Shaquille Huff, Eastside– Huff and Middle Tennessee State fell in a 37-10 nationally televised contest against Brigham Young University on Thursday, Sept. 27, on the road.
Huff recorded three solo tackles in the loss.
Huff currently has seven total tackles this season, including one tackle-for-loss.
Middle Tennessee State returns home for Homecoming on Oct. 5 against East Carolina at 2:30 p.m.
Joaquin Ross, Alcovy– Ross and the Presbyterian Blue Hose suffered their worst loss of the season this past weekend in a 45-21 defeat to Charlotte.
Ross recorded three tackles in the loss, including two solo takedowns.
The Blue Hose take on Wofford in their final non-conference game of the season on Oct. 5 at 1:30 p.m.
Jarrett Hubbard, Eastside– Hubbard and the Birmingham Southern Panthers dropped their first game of the season this past weekend, falling 46-12 to Wesley at home.
Hubbard started at right tackle for the Panthers for an offensive line that did not allow a sack in the loss.
The Panthers return to action this Saturday on the road at Sewanee at 1 p.m.
Dante Blackmon, Eastside– Blackmon and the Appalachian State Mountaineers fell to 3-1 this past Saturday with a 27-24 loss to Charleston Southern.
Blackmon tallied a pair of solo tackles in the loss.
The Mountaineers return to action on Saturday against The Citadel on the road at 2 p.m.
Sheldon Rankins, Eastside- Rankins and the Louisville Cardinals were off this past weekend, but retrn to action this Saturday in league play against Temple.
The Cardinals travel to Philadelphia, Penn., to take on the Owls at noon.
Rankins currently has three tackles in two games for Louisville.
Broderick Alexander, Eastside- Alexander and the Akron Zips fell to 1-4 after dropping a 31-14 decision to Bowling Green on Saturday.
Alexander played, but did not record a state for the Zips in the loss.
Akron hosts Ohio this Saturday at 2 p.m.
Kingsley Ejike, Newton- Ejike and the UAB Blazer fell 52-24 to Vanderbilt this past weekend.
Ejike did not participate in the loss.
Ejike and the Blazers take on Florida Atlantic this Saturday at 2 p.m.
Treyvon Richardson, Newton- Richardson and the Jackson state Tigers earned their third win of the season with a 19-14 victory over Southern.
Richardson did not participate in the win.
The Tigers return to action this Saturday at 6 p.m. against Arkansas Pine-Bluff.
Chase Chancey, Eastside; David Rash, Alcovy; Matthew Dial, Newton- The Point Skyhawks dropped their second consecutive game last Saturday to Gardner-Webb University on the road in Boiling Springs, N.C.
Chancey had one tackle in the loss for the Skyhawks, while Dial started along the offensive line for Point.
Rash did not participate in the loss.
Point returns to action on Oct. 5 on the road at West Georgia at 2 p.m.