For­mer Ring­gold play­ers ex­celling at next level

The Catoosa County News - - SPORTS - From press re­lease

Fresh­man tight end Drake Starks has been out­stand­ing for the LenoirRhyne foot­ball team this sea­son and helped them to an ap­pear­ance in the post­sea­son.

The Bears de­feated Florida Tech in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Di­vi­sion II Play­offs af­ter go­ing un­de­feated in the South At­lantic Con­fer­ence and win­ning the reg­u­lar sea­son cham­pi­onship for the first time since 2014.

LR won for the 500th time in pro­gram his­tory in the 43-21 win over Florida Tech. It was their 11th straight vic­tory af­ter a sea­son-open­ing loss and they ad­vanced to the sec­ond round of the play­offs for just the third time in pro­gram his­tory.

Starks, a for­mer Ring­gold Tiger, was named sec­ond team ALL-SAC in his rookie sea­son. For the year, he has 12 catches for 179 yards and five touch­downs, in­clud­ing a 13-yard TD re­cep­tion in the first round of the play­offs. Starks has also been vi­tal to the run­ning game as one of the best run block­ers on the of­fen­sive line.

LR’S of­fense ranks sev­enth in the na­tion, av­er­ag­ing 44.3 points per game. The LR rush­ing at­tack is fourth in DII at 287.9 yards per game.

An­other Ring­gold alum, Hunter Sose­bee, was re­cently named to the Ohio Val­ley Con­fer­ence sec­ond team as an of­fen­sive line­man.

Sose­bee, played two sea­sons at Old Do­min­ion be­fore leav­ing for Jack­sonville State, where he just fin­ished up a red­shirt ju­nior sea­son, his first for the Game­cocks.

JSU fin­ished the reg­u­lar sea­son ranked No. 8 in the FCS and earned a berth in the na­tional play­offs.

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