Former Bearcats see success in college career

Published 6:40 pm Friday, December 6, 2013

A number of Bainbridge graduates have continued to successfully play football on a collegiate level this season.
Sophomore Rohan Gaines, Class of 2011, has performed exceptionally well for Arkansas (3-9, 0-8 Conf.) as a safety, despite their long string of losses this season.
Gaines has 33 tackles total for the season, 18 of them solo and 15 of them assisted. He battled injuries during the second two games of the season against Samford and Southern Miss, but was able to recover and play for the Razorbacks the remainder of the year.
During last Saturday’s game at LSU, Gaines made five solo tackles and assisted in four. The razorbacks suffered a close 31-27 loss against the Tigers. Last year, Gaines was named SEC All-Freshman team.
Albany State sophomore wide receiver Quincy Fortson, also a 2011 Bainbridge graduate, helped the Golden Rams with a 5-4 season and a 17-14 victory in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title game against Miles College.
Former Bearcat punter and 2013 graduate Paul Randall Soden finished off a successful regular season at Southern University (8-4, 7-2 Conf.) in Louisiana. Soden’s longest punt this season was a 56-yarder against Alabama State on Nov. 9. His season punting average is 36.75 yards.
Southern heads to the Southwestern Athletic Conference Championship this Saturday against Jackson State (8-3, 8-1 Conf.). The game will be on ESPNU.
Both linebacker BJ Cheatem and defensive back Cameron McDowell, Class of 2013, just finished a season at Point University in West Point.
The Skyhawks went 3-7 this season. Both players are starters for Point.
Three former Bearcats are in Douglasville helping prepare West Georgia Technical College for their inaugural 2014 season in the National Junior College Athletic Association. Tim Shaw, Darryl McGee and Jamez Harris are primarily playing in scrimmage games as they gear up for next year.
Additionally, former Bearcat Tarow Barney has verbally committed to Penn State University. He will begin his career as a Nittany Lion this spring.

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