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The Sports Inquirer presents Fighting Peaches: Georgia State football falls to North Carolina, 35-28, in home opener (9.10.22) — September 10, 2022

The Sports Inquirer presents Fighting Peaches: Georgia State football falls to North Carolina, 35-28, in home opener (9.10.22)

Despite scoring 18 unanswered points in the third quarter, the Georgia State football team fell short in its home opener against North Carolina 35-28 at Center Parc Stadium Saturday afternoon.


“I never, ever question what we do as a football team does as far as effort,” Panthers’ head coach Shawn Elliott said. “Some of our execution could have been better, but man, what a team that we have. The way we played against the University of South Carolina and the University of North Carolina, we’re going to hold our heads high and come back better next week.”


Trailing 21-10 to start the second half, Georgia State (0-2) cut the deficit on its first possession of the third quarter on Robert Lewis’ 49-yard touchdown catch from Darren Grainger.
Lewis has career highs with 10 receptions for 115 yards along with two touchdowns. Grainger finished the game with a team-high 259 total yards (184 yards passing and 75 yards rushing).
The Panthers’ positive momentum continued when on the very next play from scrimmage, linebacker Jacorey Crawford intercepted North Carolina (3-0) quarterback Drake Maye’s pass. Georgia State took advantage and Michael Hayes’ field goal at the 10:19 mark of the third quarter made the score 21-20 in favor of the Tar Heels.
Georgia State created another turnover on North Carolina’s next offensive possession. Maye completed his pass to Kobe Paysour but a group of Panthers tackled the receiver and forced a fumble recovered by Crawford.
Georgia State took the lead on a 10-play, 98-yard drive that culminated with a 29-yard touchdown pass from Grainger to Lewis with 2:04 left in the third quarter. The Panthers converted a two-point conversion on a catch by Jamari Thrash, making the score 28-21.
North Carolina responded with a 58-yard touchdown run up the middle by Omarion Hampton on its next possession tying up the score at 28-28 going into the fourth quarter. Hampton finished the day with a game-high 110 rushing yards.
The Tar Heels retook the lead early in the fourth quarter on Hampton’s two-yard TD run down the middle, making the score 35-28.
Georgia State created another turnover late in the fourth quarter when Antavious Lane’s tackle of Jones forced a fumble recovered by Jontrey Hunter. However, Panthers were unable to score to tie the contest.


“We had the opportunity to take that game but didn’t make the plays we needed to offensively, defensively and special teams,” Elliott said. “It was a team loss.”


On the first possession of the contest, North Carolina converted a fourth-and-one on a two-yard run by Omarion Hampton. The Tar Heels took advantage of their extra plays and scored the first touchdown of the contest on a 55-yard touchdown pass from Maye to Kamari Morales on an inside slant. Maye had a game-high 284 passing yards and two touchdowns.
Georgia State scored its first points of the contest on a 45-yard field goal by Hayes. The Panthers missed a good opportunity for a touchdown of their own on the previous play when Grainger missed a wide open pass to Kris Byrd. Georgia State also got a break when a Grainger fumble was overturned after review to an illegal forward pass.
North Carolina opened the second quarter with another touchdown courtesy of a seven-yard touchdown run by D.J. Jones.
The Tar Heels continued their fast start, increasing their lea to 21-3 on 28-yard touchdown catch by Paysour with 8:58 remaining in the first half.
Georgia State got its first touchdown of the contest on a six-yard catch by Byrd from Grainger at the 5:32 mark of the second quarter.
North Carolina outgained Georgia State in total yards 467-419.

The Sports Inquirer presents Fighting Peaches: Georgia Tech football Geoff Collins post-Clemson Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game presser (9.6.22) — September 6, 2022

The Sports Inquirer presents Fighting Peaches: Georgia Tech football Geoff Collins post-Clemson Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game presser (9.6.22)

The Sports Inquirer attended the post-game presser of Georgia Tech football head coach Geoff Collins following the team’s 41-10 loss to Clemson in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game September 5. Topics included thoughts on the defeat, special teams struggles, finding a successful pass rush on the defensive end and Georgia Tech preparing to host Western Carolina September 10.

The Sports Inquirer presents Fighting Peaches: Georgia State men's basketball post-Belmont presser (11.27.22) The Sports Inquirer

The Sports Inquirer attended the presser of the Georgia State men's basketball team following the team's 68-66 home defeat to Belmont November 27. Topics with head coach Jonas Hayes along with players Dwon Odom and Jamaine Mann included struggles defending Belmont's outside shooting, the late game sequences when Georgia State had chances to tie the contest and how the team will build from the close contests so far in the non-conference portion of the season. — Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/marcel-pourtout/support
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The Sports Inquirer presents Fighting Peaches: Georgia Tech football fall to Clemson, 41-10, at Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game (9.6.22) —

The Sports Inquirer presents Fighting Peaches: Georgia Tech football fall to Clemson, 41-10, at Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game (9.6.22)

Offensive struggles and special teams errors, including two blocked punts, doomed Georgia Tech as the Yellow Jackets dropper their season opener at the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game to Clemson 41-10 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta September 5.

“We’ve got to clean those things up,” Yellow Jackets head coach Geoff Collins said. “The penalties, the blocked punts, the attitude, the demeanor. As the leader of the program, I take great responsibility getting those things cleaned up and I just told the guys its a five-day week to put this game to bed and work on the next opponent.”

Clemson (1-0, 1-0 ACC) amassed 378 total yards of offense a game-high 229 yards from quarterback DJ Uiagalelei. Will Shipley had a team-high 42 rushing yards and two touchdowns on the ground for the Tigers as well.

Georgia Tech (0-1, 0-1 ACC) only had 238 yards of total offense an converted only two out of 16 third-down attempts stalling multiple drives. Jeff Sims threw for a team-high 163 yads and one touchdown while also having a team-high 42 rushing yards. The Yellow Jackets offensive line committed multiple false start penalties in the loss.

“The biggest thing with the false starts is that Clemson was doing a good job of stemming and moving the defensive front,” Collins said. “You have to play those situations with poise staying focused doing your assignment, listen to the snap count and see the ball snapped, all those kind of things.”

On the first offensive play from scrimmage in the contest, Sims’ pass was intercepted by Clemson safety Andrew Mukuba. The Yellow Jackets’ defense was able to hold strong and forced a Tigers’ punt.

Georgia Tech’s defense created the first turnover of the contest early in the first quarter when Ayinde Eley forced and recovered a fumble on a run by Uiagalelei.

On the subsequent possession, Georgia Tech converted a fourth and one in its own territory on a quarterback sneak by Sims for two yards. The drive ended with a punt.

Clemson had the first big play of the game on special teams. Carson Donnelly blocked Yellow Jackets’ punter David Shanahan’s attempt which was recovered by Brannon Spector and returned to the five-yard line. The Tigers were able to convert a fourth-and-one for their first score of the game with a one-yard touchdown run by Shipley.

Georgia Tech placekicker Jude Kelly missed a 50-yard field goal attempt on the team’s next possession.

Clemson increased its lead to 14-0 on a six-yard touchdown pass from Uiagalelei to Beaux Collins with 3:52 left in the first half.

Georgia Tech got on the board with 1:15 remaining in the first half on Kelly’s 45-yard field goal.

Clemson outgained Georgia Tech 145-130 in total yards in the first half. The Yellow Jackets had trouble on third downs only converting on one of eight attempts.

The Yellow Jackets’ defense forced a three-and-out on the Tigers’ first possession of the second half. One of those plays was a sack of Uiagalelei forcing an intentional grounding.

Georgia Tech converted a fourth-and-six on its next possession on Malik Rutherford’s 10-yard catch from Sims. The drive was completed with a 14-yard touchdown pass from Sims to EJ Jenkins at the 9:47 mark of the third quarter, cutting Clemson’s lead to 14-10.

BT Potter’s 29-yard field goal with 5:41 left in the third quarter increased the Tigers’ lead to 17-10.

After forcing the Yellow Jackets to punt, Clemson began to take control on its next possession culminating with a nine-yard quarterback keeper by Uiagalelei at the 1:18 mark of the third quarter, making the score 24-10. Potter’s 32-yard field goal midway through the fourth quarter gave the Tigers the 27-10 lead.

Clemson blocked a punt of its own which led to a touchdown run by Shipley, his second of the night, making the score 34-10 at the 6:27 left in the fourth quarter.

“Even though it was a very disappointing loss and we’re very upset and hurt, there were things to build on,” Collins said. “We have to find that balance to fix things that have to be fixed and improving upon the things that were good in tonight’s game.”

Georgia Tech returns to action September 10 at home against Western Carolina.

The Sports Inquirer presents Fighting Peaches: Virginia Tech football Silas Dzansi ACC Kickoff interview (8.22.22) — August 22, 2022

The Sports Inquirer presents Fighting Peaches: Virginia Tech football Silas Dzansi ACC Kickoff interview (8.22.22)

The Sports Inquirer spoke with Virginia Tech football player Silas Dzansi at the ACC Kickoff event July 21. Topics with the senior offensive lineman included this offseason, playing for first-year head coach Brent Pry and returning to the Hokies for his sixth year of eligibility.

The Sports Inquirer presents Fighting Peaches: Georgia State men's basketball post-Belmont presser (11.27.22) The Sports Inquirer

The Sports Inquirer attended the presser of the Georgia State men's basketball team following the team's 68-66 home defeat to Belmont November 27. Topics with head coach Jonas Hayes along with players Dwon Odom and Jamaine Mann included struggles defending Belmont's outside shooting, the late game sequences when Georgia State had chances to tie the contest and how the team will build from the close contests so far in the non-conference portion of the season. — Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/marcel-pourtout/support
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  3. The Sports Inquirer presents Fighting Peaches: Syracuse basketball Jesse Edwards ACC Tipoff interview (11.16.22)
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The Sports Inquirer presents Fighting Peaches: Virginia football Nick Jackson ACC Kickoff presser (8.21.22) — August 21, 2022

The Sports Inquirer presents Fighting Peaches: Virginia football Nick Jackson ACC Kickoff presser (8.21.22)

The Sports Inquirer spoke with Virginia football player Nick Jackson at the ACC Kickoff event July 21. Topics with the senior linebacker from Atlanta, Georgia included is time as a prep football player at The Lovett School under head coach Mike Muschamp, this offseason, and changes to the Cavaliers’ program including new head coach Tony Elliott.

The Sports Inquirer presents Fighting Peaches: Georgia State men's basketball post-Belmont presser (11.27.22) The Sports Inquirer

The Sports Inquirer attended the presser of the Georgia State men's basketball team following the team's 68-66 home defeat to Belmont November 27. Topics with head coach Jonas Hayes along with players Dwon Odom and Jamaine Mann included struggles defending Belmont's outside shooting, the late game sequences when Georgia State had chances to tie the contest and how the team will build from the close contests so far in the non-conference portion of the season. — Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/marcel-pourtout/support
  1. The Sports Inquirer presents Fighting Peaches: Georgia State men's basketball post-Belmont presser (11.27.22)
  2. The Sports Inquirer presents Fighting Peaches: Syracuse basketball Joseph Girard III ACC Tipoff interview (11.25.22)
  3. The Sports Inquirer presents Fighting Peaches: Syracuse basketball Jesse Edwards ACC Tipoff interview (11.16.22)
  4. The Sports Inquirer presents Fighting Peaches: Pitt basketball Nelly Cummings ACC Tipoff interview (11.15.22)
  5. The Sports Inquirer presents Fighting Peaches: Georgia State football Darren Grainger post-Louisiana Monroe presser (11.14.22)
The Sports Inquirer presents Fighting Peaches: Pitt football SirVocea Dennis ACC Kickoff presser (8.20.22) — August 20, 2022

The Sports Inquirer presents Fighting Peaches: Pitt football SirVocea Dennis ACC Kickoff presser (8.20.22)

The Sports Inquirer spoke with Pitt football player SirVocea Dennis at the ACC Kickoff event July 21. Topics with the linebacker included the offseason, working with defensive coordinator Randy Bates and training in the same facility as the Pittsburgh Steelers NFL franchise.

The Sports Inquirer presents Fighting Peaches: Georgia State men's basketball post-Belmont presser (11.27.22) The Sports Inquirer

The Sports Inquirer attended the presser of the Georgia State men's basketball team following the team's 68-66 home defeat to Belmont November 27. Topics with head coach Jonas Hayes along with players Dwon Odom and Jamaine Mann included struggles defending Belmont's outside shooting, the late game sequences when Georgia State had chances to tie the contest and how the team will build from the close contests so far in the non-conference portion of the season. — Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/marcel-pourtout/support
  1. The Sports Inquirer presents Fighting Peaches: Georgia State men's basketball post-Belmont presser (11.27.22)
  2. The Sports Inquirer presents Fighting Peaches: Syracuse basketball Joseph Girard III ACC Tipoff interview (11.25.22)
  3. The Sports Inquirer presents Fighting Peaches: Syracuse basketball Jesse Edwards ACC Tipoff interview (11.16.22)
  4. The Sports Inquirer presents Fighting Peaches: Pitt basketball Nelly Cummings ACC Tipoff interview (11.15.22)
  5. The Sports Inquirer presents Fighting Peaches: Georgia State football Darren Grainger post-Louisiana Monroe presser (11.14.22)