Ralph Webb became the fifth Vanderbilt player to rush for 1,000 yards in a season, reaching the mark in a 25-0 loss to Texas A&M Saturday night.Vanderbilt running back Ralph Webb (7) tries to pull away from the Texas A&M defense on Nov. 21, 2015. Briefly:Zach Cunningham had 14 tackles, including three for loss, and one sack … Attendance was 32,482 … Wide receiver Kris Kentera sat out with concussion symptoms … Quarterback Johnny McCrary returned to the lineup in a backup role. He did not play in the previous game for the first time in 16 games … Mary Sarah, a recording artist living in Franklin and originally from Houston, sang the national anthem. She also sang the anthem when Vanderbilt was at the College World Series … Former Vanderbilt baseball player Dansby Swanson, the 2015 No. 1 overall draft pick, presented the ceremonial anchor at midfield before the game … It was only the second all-time meeting between Vanderbilt and Texas A&M.Reach Adam Sparks at 615-259-8010 and on Twitter @AdamSparks. It actually was the sixth time a Commodores player has reached 1,000 yards because career rushing leader Zac Stacy did it twice (2011, 2012).“I’m appreciative and thankful for the offensive line doing their job all year,” Webb said. “But I just want to get a W with my team.”Webb has the most rushing yards of any Vanderbilt player through the first two seasons of his career with 1,910.“He has run hard. He has been the guy that I thought he’d be coming into this season,” coach Derek Mason said. “He’s been the one constant offensively.”Stacy, currently with the New York Jets, holds the single-season (1,193 yards) and career (3,143 yards) records. Vanderbilt’s other 1,000-yard rushers are Corey Harris (1,103 in 1991), Jermaine Johnson (1,072 in 1995) and Frank Mordica (1,065 in 1978).Texas A&M defensive back Sam Moeller (12) blocks a punt by Vanderbilt punter Tommy Openshaw (17) on Nov. 21, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn.Punt problems: Tommy Openshaw’s second punt was blocked by Texas A&M’s Sam Moeller, the second block allowed by the Commodores this season. His third punt went only 21 yards into a strong wind, but it was negated by a penalty for running into the kicker. On his retry, Openshaw punted only 15 yards, and he downed the ball himself as it bounced back toward the line of scrimmage.“A couple of punts went 12 and 15 yards, and that had everything to do with what the wind looked like,” Mason said. “… The wind did play a factor in it.”In Vanderbilt’s loss at Florida two weeks ago, Openshaw shanked a 12-yard punt late in the fourth quarter that helped set up the Gators’ game-winning field goal.More goal-line stands: Vanderbilt’s defense made its 10th and 11th goal-line stands in 11 games. In the first quarter, Texas A&M blocked a Commodores punt and recovered it at the 13. Vanderbilt’s defense came up with two tackles-for-loss, one shared by Caleb Azubike and Darreon Herring, and the other by Torey Agee on third down. Texas A&M settled for a Taylor Bertolet’s 21-yard field goal.Vanderbilt’s chance at Texas A&M gone in 27 secondsIn the fourth quarter, Texas A&M drove to the Vanderbilt 5, but had to kick a 23-yard field goal. It marked the 11th time this season that an opponent reached inside Vanderbilt’s 10 but failed to score a touchdown.Blending uniforms: The teams wore very similarly shaded uniforms. Vanderbilt wore its Deep Water light gray uniforms with chrome helmets. Texas A&M wore its white uniforms with chrome helmets. It was the opposite situation Vanderbilt had when it first wore its Deep Water uniforms against Georgia on Sept. 12, when the Bulldogs felt at home in their home red uniforms in front of a red-clad crowd.Another new starter: Redshirt freshman Bruno Reagan, a Clarksville High graduate, made his first career start at right guard. He became Vanderbilt’s 16th player to make their first career start this season. That list includes four offensive linemen — Reagan, redshirt freshman tackle Bailey Grainer, junior tackle Blake Fromang and true freshman tackle Justin Skule.Meanwhile, center Spencer Pulley and left guard Jake Bernstein, both seniors, made their 40th career start each.Vandy shut out again; offensive funk worst in 19 yearsVanderbilt blanked by Texas A&M: 5 observationsSeniors, others honored: Seventeen players were honored on Senior Day, although some will return next season. Vanderbilt honors current and projected graduates even if they have another year of athletic eligibility remaining as redshirt juniors. There are nine active seniors who played their final home game, and that number is the third-lowest in the FBS behind Wake Forest (6) and Wyoming (8). Linebacker Jake Sealand’s career was ended prematurely by injuries before the season, and he was also recognized.The other seven players are expected to return next season, including defensive end Torey Agee, fullback Ladarius Banks, punter Colby Cooke, offensive tackle Blake Fromang, linebacker Harding Harper, offensive lineman Kevin McCoy and linebacker Stephen Weatherly.SPANNING THE SEC: Check in for the latest news, notes, scores and more for one of college football’s best conferences!
Mark Hughes insists QPR remain confident they can get enough points from a difficult run-in to stay in the Premier League.Relegation rivals Wigan have given themselves some breathing space with recent shock victories over Manchester United and Arsenal, seemingly piling more pressure on the likes of Rangers, Bolton and Blackburn.But Hughes, whose team face Tottenham on Saturday and visit Manchester City on the final day of the season, says the R’s have also shown they are capable of producing surprise results.AdChoices广告“People have been saying we have a really tough run-in for the last four or five games and we’ve done really well in games when people didn’t expect us to take points,” he said.“We’re going to have to do that until the end of the season and if we do we’ll be fine. I’m sure people wouldn’t have had us down for wins against Arsenal and Liverpool.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
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This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. $9.99 Inappropriate / Offensive By Steve GunnLocalSportsJournal.comMUSKEGON TOWNSHIP – Jaxon Carpenter already had a reputation as a great soccer player.Now he’s demonstrated that he can play other pressure-filled roles, far beyond the playing fields.Jaxson Carpenter moves the ball upfield for Reeths-Puffer earlier this season. Photo/Randy RiksenCarpenter, an All-Stater for the Reeths-Puffer soccer team, recently played the lead role in the school production of the musical Newsies, despite having little background in theatre.Newsies was a 1992 Disney movie that was adapted into a hit Broadway production. It’s loosely based on the real-life 1899 newsboy strike in New York City.Carpenter loved the movie as a youngster, particularly the lead character Jack Kelly, so when he heard that the school was putting on the show, he decided to try out for the part.“Growing up we were Disney fanatics, and I was a Newsies fanatic,” said Carpenter, who was a junior this year. “I loved that movie as a kid, and I wanted to be just like Jack Kelly. He was just the coolest guy.“He could sing and dance, he had sweet hair, and he got the girl. He’s what every little boy dreams of becoming, that super cool guy. So when I heard a rumor that they might be doing the show, I figured this was my chance.”Also in the cast were Carpenter’s twin brothers, sophomores Ashton and Preston, who are also members of the R-P varsity soccer squad. The youngest actor was their little brother, 11-year-old London, who is a junior soccer player.Even Keith Knapp, a Reeths-Puffer teacher who recently retired as the varsity soccer coach, was involved. He had a small role, playing New York Gov. Teddy Roosevelt.Reeths-Puffer’s Jaxson Carpenter (center) performs during the school’s production of Newsies.The biggest and toughest role went to Jaxon, and he embraced it. As Coach Knapp put it, he’s never been a kid who’s afraid to tackle new challenges.Carpenter had some singing experience in high school choir, and a little acting experience in the Children’s Theater class he took in his sophomore year.But it was a very big jump from choir and the classroom to having the lead role in the school musical, which involved singing solo on stage.“I think everybody is at first,” Carpenter said, when asked if he was frightened to sing solo in front of an audience. “But once you do it, and the more you do it, the better you get.“My mom made us be involved in music since we were little, and I was in band in fifth grade through eighth grade. Then she made us join choir. I didn’t want to do it at the time, but I did it and embraced it, and it’s one of my favorite things now.”Luckily for Carpenter and the other cast members, the production was scheduled to hit the stage just before the COVID-19 crisis cancelled everything on the calendar.There was supposed to be one show on Thursday, March 12, one the next night, and two on Saturday March 14. Both Saturday performances were cancelled, but the show went on the first two nights, in front of limited audiences.While the audiences were much smaller than usual, everyone seemed to love the show, Carpenter said.Coach Knapp stands with Carpenter (10) and younger brothers, twins, Ashton and Preston the district title trophy.“It was incredible,” Carpenter said. “The shows were amazing. Even more amazing was the process of spending hours every day with the directors and my classmates, building relationships doing something we all loved to do. It was by far one of the best experiences of my life.”Carpenter was already accustomed to playing a lead role on the soccer field. That was particularly true last fall, when he led the Rockets in scoring and helped them win a Division 2 district championship.Carpenter’s soccer talent was obvious from the beginning of high school, and he was moved up to varsity immediately as a freshman.His scoring numbers were relatively modest in his first two seasons. He had 3 goals and 13 assists as a freshman, and 8 goals and 7 assists as a sophomore.Then last fall he exploded, totaling 23 goals and 12 assists and earning Division 2 All-State honors.“It was sweet,” Carpenter said about becoming an All-Stater. “I had wanted that since I knew it was a thing. It just all came together, and I got to score a lot and get a few assists.The Rockets’ Jaxon Carpenter.“My sophomore year was a little rough. We had a young team with only three seniors, and we were going up against teams with lots of juniors and seniors. This year we had basically the same team, but we were all a year older and better. I got bigger and faster, and I had teammates who just loved to set me up to score.”Carpenter has already found his way into the Reeths-Puffer soccer record book. He had the fifth highest goal-scoring season in R-P history last fall. He is tied for second in assists in a season (13 as a sophomore), and is currently fifth in career goals with 34.He has already set a school career assist record with 32, and he still has his senior season to go.“Even when he was in eighth grade, and we had drop-in workouts during the winter, he was standing out against guys who were four years older than him,” said Knapp, who is stepping aside after 24 years of coaching. “He was so technically skilled and such a driven competitor, we knew he would have a fantastic career.”Carpenter said he’s always dreamed of being a pro soccer player, and he has talked to a few college coaches about extending his career beyond high school.But now, after getting a taste of acting, he’s rethinking his plans.“I’m not sure what I want to do,” he said. “Now I’m looking at maybe pursuing a career in musical theater. 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Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has assured officials of world football –governing body, FIFA that the Centre of Excellence has the will and the capacity to ensure it meets the requirements for hosting the 10th FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup finals next year. Describing the estimated 22 million people of Lagos as resourceful, dynamic, and full of positive energy, Sanwo-Olu noted that the strength of the state lay in its diversity and a youth population driven by the will to succeed.“We want to use sport as an engaging tool, as a corrective narrative to show that the positive energy of the youth can indeed take a society to a high level. I want to assure that we are ready to meet your high standards in the areas of accommodation, security, logistics and crowd management, and also savour that unique experience of hosting a FIFA tournament.“I want you to see Lagos State as a partner that understands that your next tournament must be better than the last. We will make sure to upgrade facilities wherever this is required,” Sanwo-Olu said as an inspection team from FIFA, including officials of the Nigeria Football Federation, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick, paid him a courtesy call in his office on Tuesday.Describing Pinnick, who is a Member of the CAF Executive Committee and Member of Organizing Committee for FIFA Competitions, as “a resourceful, award-winning, never-say-die, self-driven and strong believer in the Nigerian Project,” Sanwo-Olu said Lagos State was excited to be included in the plan to host the first-ever FIFA women’s tournament in Africa, and would do everything to make Nigeria and Africa proud.Earlier, Pinnick had introduced the FIFA team, led by Rhiannon Martin (Head of FIFA Women’s Football Organizing) and including Christopher Exley, Heyral Jurgen, Sara Jane Booth, and Kliment Taseski, saying that the world body has tremendous confidence in Nigeria to meet its requirements to host the championship.“Our country is one of only four countries in the world to have played at every edition of the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup since it began in 2002. We have played in two Final matches and reached the semi-final once. I believe it is time to take it to the next level. It is time we win the competition and it would be even more fulfilling to win it on home ground.” Governor Sanwo-Olu with the FIFA and NFF inspection team in his office on TuesdayThe FIFA team and accompanying Nigerian officials had earlier inspected facilities and equipment at the Onikan Stadium, St. Nicholas Hospital, Campos Square, Eagle Club, Teslim Balogun Stadium and the National Stadium Legacy Pitch before arriving at the Governor’s office.After the visit, a number of the Nigerian officials led by President Pinnick as well as three members of the FIFA team flew to Benin City to inspect the facilities there, before flying to Asaba to spend the night ahead of inspection of facilities in the Delta State capital on Wednesday, from where they will fly to Uyo.Meanwhile, the remaining two FIFA officials and some NFF and Lagos FA officials led by the 1stVice President, Barr. Seyi Akinwunmi, inspected the Agege Stadium, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, University of Lagos Sports Centre and the Yaba College of Technology Sports Centre.The tour will be rounded off on Thursday when the traveling party flies from Uyo to Abuja, to meet with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, before flying to Lagos for a wrap of the visit and departure to Zurich of the remaining three FIFA officials.The party that visited Governor Sanwo-Olu also included Barr. Akinwunmi (NFF 1st Vice President), Dr. Kweku Tandoh (Chairman, Lagos State Sports Commission), Mr. Toyin Gafaar (DG, Lagos State Sports Commission), Ms Aisha Falode (NFF Executive Committee member), Mr. Mainasara Illo (Coordinator of the Tour), Dr. Paul Onyeudo, CP Umar Baba (NFF Security Adviser), Ademola Olajire (NFF Director of Communications), Emmanuel Ayanbunmi (NFF Protocol Officer); Dotun Coker (Lagos FA) and Ladi Idowu (Lagos State Sports Commission).Related