2017 Football
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The Skyhawk football team is poised to compete as a new member of the Mid-South Conference during the 2017 season.
Football - Fri, Aug. 25, 2017

WEST POINT, Ga. – Entering his second season as head coach, Julius Dixon and the Skyhawk football team are looking to improve after finishing the 2016 season with a 3-6 overall record and a 2-3 record in conference.  Point now joins the Mid-South Conference and will compete in the Appalachian Division of the conference, which includes Bluefield (Va.), Cumberlands (Ky.), Pikeville (Ky.), Reinhardt (Ga.), St. Andrews (N.C.), and Union (Ky.). 

   

The Mid-South begins its first season with three divisions on the heels of this past summer's expansion.  Twenty football teams now call the Mid-South home -- the largest conference in all of collegiate football.  Point was picked to finish fourth out of seven teams in the Appalachian division of the Mid-South Conference according to the preseason MSC Coaches' Poll.  

 

APPALACHIAN DIVISION

Pos.

Team

Points (First Place Votes)

2016 Division Record

2016 Overall Record

1.

Reinhardt (Ga.)

36 (6)

5-0 **

13-1

2.

Pikeville (Ky.)

29 (1)

5-1 *

6-5

3.

Cumberlands (Ky.)

23

3-3 *

4-6

4.

Point (Ga.)

20

2-3 ***

3-6

4. tie

Union (Ky.)

20

4-2 *

5-6

6.

Bluefield (Va.)

13

1-5 *

1-10

7.

St. Andrews (N.C.)

6

N/A ****

N/A ****

 

"We are super excited to go and play in the first game," commented Dixon, "and I am extremely proud of our seniors and the leadership that they have shown during camp.  Hopefully we can go out and execute for 60 minutes each week and see where we stand."

 

In order to meet Coach Dixon's expectations on the gridiron this season, the Skyhawks' offense will look to junior quarterback Derek Bellard (Lake Charles, LA), sophomore running backs MarQuez Jackson (Lawrenceville, GA) and Darius Blackmon (Columbus, GA), junior wide receiver Jarquez Alexander (Valdosta, GA), senior offensive tackle Michael Scott (Stockbridge, GA), senior center Kyle Gamble (Cumming, GA), and sophomore offensive tackle Preston Loving (Smiths Station, AL).

 

Bellard appeared in seven games last season, totaling 64 yards on 39 rushes, completed 17-48 passes for 193 yards, and amassed 257 yards of total offense.  Jackson and Blackmon rushed for a combined 252 yards and two rushing touchdowns, while Alexander led the Skyhawks a season ago with 217 receiving yards on 17 receptions and caught two touchdown passes.  

 

Point's defense will be anchored by veteran line-backing core, led by seniors Isiah Ross (Dallas, GA), Bradley Bonner (Grayson, GA), and K.J. Minniefield (Spanish Fort, AL).  The trio combined for 93 total tackles, eight for a loss, and 2.5 sacks.

 

Point's secondary returns all four starters, led by senior corner back Devontae Ellington (Macon, GA), and three sophomores, corner back Kendall Hillman (Jonesboro, GA), safety Micah Oglesby (Toccoa, GA), and safety Javon Horton (Duluth, GA).  The Skyhawk's secondary combined to record 120 tackles, including 10.5 for a loss, and intercepted seven passes.

 

The defensive line will be anchored by junior defensive tackle Kreg Jenkins (Lithia Springs, GA), who recorded 25 total tackles and two sacks in nine games last season.

 

In total, Point returns 11 seniors, 11 juniors, and 27 sophomores, while adding 87 incoming freshman.

 

Point kicks off its season with a conference game on the road, Aug. 26, seeking revenge against a Webber International University team that beat the Skyhawks 28-14 on Point's homecoming a season ago.  The Skyhawks then play their first home game of the season on Sept. 2, against Campbellsville University which was 2-8 overall last season and was 0-5 in the Mid-South Conference.

 

Next, the Skyhawks have a week off before hitting the road to take on Georgetown College, Sept. 16, a team which was 7-4 overall and boasted a 5-1 conference record enroute to sharing the Mid-South Conference East Regular Season Championship with the University of Pikeville last season.  Point then stays on the road to face Division I opponent Charleston Southern University, Sept. 23.  Charleston Southern beat the Skyhawks in their only other meeting during the 2014 season, 61-9.

 

Divisional play begins on Sept. 30 when the Skyhawks host Reinhardt University which owns a 2-0 all-time series record against Point, with the Skyhawks losing their most recent matchup at Reinhardt last season, 55-2.  On Oct. 7, Point travels to play against a University of Pikeville squad which finished last season 5-1 in conference, sharing the Mid-South Conference East Regular Season title with Georgetown.

 

Point then starts a three-game home stretch during which time it faces Bluefield College (Va.) on Oct. 14, St. Andrews University on Oct. 21, and Ave Maria University on Oct. 28.  The Skyhawks hold a 2-0 all-time advantage over Bluefield and won their most recent matchup 50-27 at Bluefield in 2015.  Point has never played St. Andrews University which is entering its inaugural season with football, and Point leads the all-time series 3-2 with Ave Maria, taking last year's game at Ave Maria to close out the season, 22-7.

 

The final two games of the 2017 season are on the road at the University of the Cumberlands, Nov. 4, and at Union College, Nov. 11.  Cumberlands went 4-6 last year and finished 3-3 in conference while Union finished with a 5-6 overall record and went 4-2 in conference.  

 

Click here to listen to the full interview with coach Dixon as he breaks down football camp, his expectations for the upcoming season, and gives a message of encouragment to recruits who are considering Point University as the place to continue their education and athletics.

 
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