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Bulldogs Hold On to Beat Vols in Athens

Sometimes, games just don’t go your way for a variety of reasons. There is very little action, you’re not on your toes, all the action is on the other end of the field from where you are. There are tons of reasons why you walk away from a game thinking, “this sucks”. For much of yesterday’s match up between the Tennessee Vols and Georgia Bulldogs on a beautiful day at Sanford Stadium in Athens, I felt like I was going to walk away with absolutely nothing worthy of print. The action in the first half was mediocre, I had missed some peak action plays (darn you Gurley), I felt “off”. But midway through the third quarter, I found my groove and worked through the grind. Here is some of my coverage from the game, but as always, working next to some great guys and girls is what makes these days bearable. That is, until you realize they had a better take than you.

 

Members of the Georgia Bulldogs run onto the field prior to Saturday’s college football game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Sanford Stadium in Athens. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Georgia Bulldogs linebacker Ramik Wilson (51) attempts to sack Tennessee Volunteers quarterback Nathan Peterman (12) during Saturday’s college football game at Sanford Stadium in Athens. Georgia defeated Tennessee 35-32. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Georgia Bulldogs running back Nick Chubb (27) dives into the end zone for a touchdown during Saturday’s college football game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Sanford Stadium in Athens. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Georgia Bulldogs defensive tackle Toby Johnson (88) struggles at the line with Tennessee Volunteers offensive linesman Marcus Jackson (75) during Saturday’s college football game at Sanford Stadium in Athens. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Georgia Bulldogs running back Todd Gurley (3) runs the ball up the field during Saturday’s college football game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Sanford Stadium in Athens. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Georgia Bulldogs running back Nick Chubb (27) is tackled by a group of Tennessee Volunteers defensive players during Saturday’s college football game at Sanford Stadium in Athens. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Georgia Bulldogs running back Todd Gurley (3) points to the crowd as he walks into the end zone for a touchdown during Saturday’s college football game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Sanford Stadium in Athens. Georgia defeated Tennessee 35-32. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Georgia Bulldogs defensive end Josh Dawson (91) celebrates after recovering a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown during Saturday’s college football game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Sanford Stadium in Athens. Georgia defeated Tennessee 35-32. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Tennessee Volunteers tight end Daniel Helm (80) gets his fingertips on a high pass over Georgia Bulldogs safety Corey Moore (39) during Saturday’s college football game at Sanford Stadium in Athens. Helm would drop the pass in the end zone. Georgia defeated Tennessee 35-32. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Georgia Bulldogs running back Todd Gurley (3) leaps over the pile to score a touchdown during Saturday’s college football game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Sanford Stadium in Athens. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Teammates celebrate with Georgia Bulldogs running back Nick Chubb (27) after he scored a touchdown during Saturday’s college football game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Sanford Stadium in Athens. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Georgia Bulldogs running back Todd Gurley (3) celebrates with fans after defeating the Tennessee Volunteers 35-32 in Saturday’s college football game at Sanford Stadium in Athens. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

Week’s Work: September 16-20

It was another busy week here in Gwinnett County as the fair came into town, the Atlanta Falcons were playing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and there is always some high school football action to be had. While I could have done a blog post on each of these, especially the Falcons game and the fair, below are some of my favorite frames from the week.

Guests riding the “Wave Swinger” are silhouetted in the late afternoon light while at the Gwinnett County Fair on Tuesday at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds in Lawrenceville. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Fair guests look to buy ride tickets at ticket booths near the entrance of the Gwinnett County Fair on Tuesday at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds in Lawrenceville. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Young fair guests swing quickly around on a ride at the Gwinnett County Fair on Tuesday at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds in Lawrenceville. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Camila Hernandez, right, has her eyes fixed on a ride at the Gwinnett County Fair on Tuesday at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds in Lawrenceville. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

The “Zero” Gravity ride spins guests at the Gwinnett County Fair on Tuesday at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds in Lawrenceville. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Dre Bulluck, owner of Dre’s Place Carolina BBQ, closes one of the smokers with meat on it at his stand at the Gwinnett County Fair on Wednesday at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds in Lawrenceville. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Smoked pork meat sits on the grill at Dre’s Place Carolina BBQ stand at the Gwinnett County Fair on Wednesday at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds in Lawrenceville. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

A group watches the cattle livestock show judging at the Gwinnett County Fair on Thursday at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds in Lawrenceville. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

A calf is tied to a wall in stall 187 during the livestock show at the Gwinnett County Fair on Thursday at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds in Lawrenceville. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

The Norcross football twins, Ferdinand (2) and Frederic (3) Aka, Devon (47) and Devonte (8) Goodbeir, and Joshua (62) and Matthew (72) Jajardo, pose for a photo at Norcross High School in Norcross. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Atlanta Falcons running back Steven Jackson (39) runs up the field during Thursday’s NFL game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) is tackled by Tampa Bay Buccaneers strong safety Mark Barron (23) after making a catch during Thursday’s NFL game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Atlanta Falcons running back Antone Smith (35) fumbles the ball at the goal line during Thursday’s NFL game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Devin Hester (17) celebrates in the end zone after scoring a touchdown during Thursday’s NFL game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Hester set the all-time NFL record for return touchdowns in a career with 19, surpassing former-Falcon, Deion Sanders. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Mike Glennon (8) is tackled by Atlanta Falcons outside linebacker Kroy Biermann (71) during Thursday’s NFL game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Courtney Roby (15) is hit by Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Crezdon Butler (26) after making a catch during Thursday’s NFL game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

A general view of the Shiloh Community Stadium at Shiloh High School prior to Friday’s high school football game between the George Walton Bulldogs and the Providence Storm in Snellville. This is Providence’s first year with a varsity football team, and they are using Shiloh’s facilities for home games. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

George Walton’s JD Buice (4) is tackled by Providence’s Daniel Martin (44) during Friday’s high school football game at Shiloh High School in Snellville. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Providence’s Ben Ellison (55) sits in the grass outside the locker room during halftime of Friday’s high school football game against the George Walton Bulldogs at Shiloh High School in Snellville. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Fans watch the halftime show put on by the Providence Storm drumlin during Friday’s high school football game between the George Walton Bulldogs and the Providence Storm at Shiloh High School in Snellville. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Parkview’s Shehan Parmar (1213) is helped by teammates after finishing the varsity boys 2014 Gwinnett County Cross Country County race on Saturday at the Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

Logan Williams, 4, slides down an inflatable slide while attending Suwanee Fest on Saturday at Town Center Park in Suwanee. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Suwanee Fest patrons wander through the main food area at Town Center Park in Suwanee on Saturday . (Staff Photo: David Welker)

Week’s Work: September 8-13

It was a week of the portrait at the Gwinnett Daily Post. Especially sport portraits. Between 4 “sportraits”, setting up for the Gwinnett County Fair, football, and a concert, it was a productive week. Here’s a look back at some of my published work in the last seven days.

 

Norcross volleyball player, Sammie Baker, stands in for a portrait at Norcross High School on Tuesday. Although her siblings thrived in athletic careers at Greater Atlanta Christian, Baker decided to blaze her own trail through the public school system and has been dominating on the court. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

 

Lanier High School running back, Tario Fuller, stands in for a portrait on Tuesday at Lanier High School in Buford. Fuller, the team’s top running back, recently committed to the Purdue University football program. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Josh Imatorbhebhe (7) and his older brother Daniel (15) stand for a portrait at North Gwinnett High School in Sugar Hill on Thursday. The Imatorbhebhe brothers do everything together, on and off the field. This year, each is on target for impressive individual seasons for the Bulldogs. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Ride Supervisor Ronnie Douberly is handed a metal support for the “Ring of Fire” ride while setting up for the Gwinnett County Fair at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds in Lawrencville on Wednesday. This year’s fair gates open at 5 p.m. on Thursday and the fair will be open for 11 days, ending on September 21. There are three new thrill rides opening to the public including “Zero Gravity”, “Space Roller”, and “Disko!”. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Parkview Panthers Trey Derouen (78) attempts to pump up the Panthers prior to entering the field for Friday’s high school football game against the Brookwood Broncos at Parkview High School in Lilburn on Friday. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Mason Davis, right, lines up to run against Evan Brown, right, during a delay in Friday’s high school football game between the Brookwood Broncos and Parkview Panthers at Parkview High School in Lilburn on Friday. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Country artists, Big and Rich, put on a free concert on Saturday at the Buford Community Park Lawn in Buford. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets quarterback Justin Thomas (5) runs up the field during Saturday’s college football game against the Georgia Southern Eagles at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Pride Band takes plays their halftime show during Saturday’s college football game between the Georgia Southern Eagles and the Georgia Tech YellowJackets at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets quarterback Justin Thomas (5) is sacked by Georgia Southern Eagles defensive end Lennie Richardson (54) during Saturday’s college football game against the Georgia Southern Eagles at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Georgia Southern Eagles safety Matt Dobson (7) breaks up a pass intended for Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets running back Deon Hill (31) during Saturday’s college football game at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets defensive back Jamal Golden (4) upends Georgia Southern Eagles wide receiver Zach Walker (9) during Saturday’s college football game at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Georgia Southern Eagles running back Alfred Ramsby (1) celebrates with teammates after scoring a touchdown during Saturday’s college football game against the Georgia Tech YellowJackets at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets running back Deon Hill (31) scores the go-ahead touchdown during Saturday’s college football game against the Georgia Southern Eagles at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Georgia Southern Eagles offensive linesman Trevor McBurnett (76) reacts after the Eagles lost to the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on a late touchdown pass to put the Yellow Jackets ahead four points in Saturday’s college football game at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

 

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets defensive back John Marvin (13) celebrates with fans after the Yellow Jackets defeated the Georgia Southern Eagles on a late touchdown pass in Saturday’s college football game at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta. (Staff Photo: David Welker)

High School Football Championship Weekend

It was a big weekend in St. Louis as the top high school football teams in the state met at the Edward Jones Dome to make their mark in Missouri football history. Here are a few of my images from the weekend.

 

Maryville’s Trent Nall (9), John Schenkel (35), and Jackson Morrison (75) walk out to the coin toss prior to the class 3 football championship game against the Seneca Indians at the Edward Jones Dome on November 30, 2013 in St. Louis, Missouri. (David Welker/Special to the News-Press)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

High School Football: Undefeated Chiefs Dominated by Titans

Kickapoo’s Kelton Reeves (27) walks off the field after the Chiefs lost Saturday’s Class 5 state quarterfinal game against the Lee’s Summit West Titans at Kickapoo High School on November 16, 2013 in Springfield, Missouri.

 

The dream season is over. The Kickapoo Chiefs’ biggest fears became their unsettling reality as the top ranked Lee’s Summit West Titans walked all over the Chiefs on a sunny Saturday afternoon in Springfield. Things started off well for Kickapoo when Tony Grant recovered a forced fumble deep in Titans territory on the opening drive of the game. However, it was all downhill from there. The Chiefs couldn’t get the ball moving against the heavy winds from the South, and the large Titans defensive line. It is sometimes said that when you are undefeated, you tend to get a target painted on your back. Unfortunately, the door was shut on the Chiefs and it was a blast of a year covering the majority of their home games. Here’s to next year guys.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chiefs Outlast Browns to Stay Undefeated

If someone would have told me at the beginning of the 2013 NFL regular season that the Kansas City Chiefs would be 8-0 and the only undefeated team left, I would of never believed you, and would have probably called you crazy. Well, I guess the joke is on all of us, because that is the reality. Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns marks many firsts for me. It was my first trip to Kansas City for Getty Images, my first trip to Arrowhead Stadium, my first time shooting and (obviously) my first time shooting the Chiefs. (It was also my first time eating some KC BBQ- Thanks David and John!) Either way, it was an extremely enjoyable experience and everyone involved was very welcoming of the new guy in the photo room. The Chiefs were moving the ball effectively and looked like they were going to handily take care of the Browns, taking a 20-10 lead into the half. But the Browns were not going away, and would score seven points and holding the Chiefs to a field goal late in the fourth quarter. The Chiefs would hang on to win 23-17 in front of 74,307 fans.

#15 Jackrabbits beaten by (2-6) Bears

 

I think the Missouri State Bears surprised everyone yesterday at Plaster Sports Complex when they beat #15 South Dakota State 35-21. In the past, Missouri States football woes have been well known, and this year is no different. The Bears have come extremely close in a few games and were only one play away from being 6-2 instead of 2-6 on the season. That being the case, it would not have been a far off thought that the Bears would have lost to a nationally ranked team in the JackRabbits, but Missouri State’s defense came alive on homecoming weekend to deliver the Bears with one of the most impressive wins of the past few years. My favorite part of the game? There were some extremely hard hitting defensive stands for Missouri State, including one where Safety Caleb Schaffitzel practically body slams a South Dakota State wide receiver. Here are a few of the images from Saturday.