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Farmers & Merchants Bank Prep Athletes of the Week
Boys: Carter making impact for BA; Girls: Thompson leads SCHS rotation
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Screven's Marla Thompson

Boys:    Darion Carter was a triple threat for Bulloch Academy last Friday.
    The 6-foot-3, 195-pound senior ran for a touchdown, caught a pass for a second score and returned an interception for a third touchdown. He scored on a six-yard wingback trap, a 10-yard slant pass and a 40-yard interception return.
     “I love being on the field,” said the transfer from Screven County High School. “I think it’s the first time I’ve ever scored more than twice in a game.”
 “Scoring three touchdowns three different ways is quite a phenomenal accomplishment,” said BA coach Clint Morgan. “Darion is a great young man and a very talented athlete. He’s your typical student athlete. He does right in both the classroom and on the athletic field.”
    The week before, Carter caught two touchdown passes in Bulloch’s 36-7 win over Bethesda Day School. In the two games since he became a Gator, the wide receiver/wingback has six catches for 123 yards and three touchdowns. He has four carries for 21 yards and a score. As a defensive back, Carter has two solo tackles, two assists, a pass breakup and an interception.
    While Carter finds things somewhat different, after making the jump from public to independent school, he has no misgivings about his decision to attend Bulloch.
    “The guys on the team here welcomed me with open arms,” he said.

Girls:    Coming into the 2007 season, Marla Thompson probably never figured she'd be playing such a pivotal role for the Screven County softball team. But lo and behold, Thompson, a freshman, has stepped right in as the Lady Gamecocks starting pitcher and has become a force in Region 3-AA.
     “During preseason workouts and during the summer, she worked real hard,” SCHS coach Billy Pollock said earlier this season. “She pitched exceptionally well. She just kind of stepped in and picked up where (2006 starter Elizabeth) Poythress left off. She throws a lot of strikes, and that is the name of this game.”
    Thompson has pushed her record to 8-4 this year with a 1.59 ERA. She's pitched three shutouts, two no-hitters and struck out 67 batters in 75 innings pitched.
     Thompson credits her team's defense to her recent success.
     “It’s really nice because it gives you a little room to breathe,” she said. “If one person makes an error, it seems like someone else is going to step up and make up for it.”
    Thompson also gets it done in the class room, taking every Honors class available to her and excelling with at least a 90 average in each one.