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In NFL’s highest-scoring Thursday night game, former Mobile prep stars shine on defense

Los Angeles Rams linebacker Mark Barron grabs San Francisco 49ers running back Raheem Mostert during an NFL game in Santa Clara, Calif., on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017. (

The Los Angeles Rams’ 41-39 victory over the San Francisco 49ers was the highest-scoring game in the history of the NFL’s Thursday night contests. Three players with Mobile football roots tried their best to keep that from happening.

Los Angeles middle linebacker Mark Barron and San Francisco safeties Jaquiski Tartt and Jimmie Ward made seven tackles apiece on Thursday.

Tartt and Ward started at strong safety and free safety, respectively, for the 49ers, side-by-side in an NFL secondary just as they’d been in the defensive backfield at Davidson High School in Mobile. Against the Rams, they tied for the team lead in tackles, with each getting a tackle behind the line of scrimmage, and Tartt breaking up a pass, too.

Tartt, who played collegiately at Samford, was at the top of the San Francisco tackle chart even though he left the game in the third quarter to be evaluated for a concussion.

Barron also was a Mobile prep star at St. Paul’s before playing at Alabama.

Barron’s tackles included one that briefly appeared to be among the biggest of the game. Barron stopped San Francisco running back Carlos Hyde for no gain at the Los Angeles 1-yard line with a little more than two minutes left in the game and the Rams holding a 41-33 lead.

But on the next play, Hyde scored – his second fourth-down touchdown of the game.

Los Angeles turned back San Francisco’s 2-point attempt that would have tied the game. But the 49ers recovered an onside kick, and Barron had to bring down Hyde for no gain in San Francisco’s final series to help preserve the Rams’ victory.

Former Auburn safety Blake Countess made two special-teams tackles for Los Angeles.

Former UAB and South Alabama tight end Gerald Everett did not have a reception on Thursday night after catching three passes for 95 yards on Sunday for the Rams. Everett was bothered by a thigh contusion throughout the week.

Former Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster missed his second straight game because of a high ankle sprain. He was on the San Francisco sideline, though, wearing his jersey – except the nameplate, instead of reading “Foster,” said “Savage.”

Reuben Foster is wearing a “5AVA6E” jersey on the 49ers sideline #TNF

— NFL Retweet (@NFLRT) September 22, 2017

The Rams improved to 2-1, and the 49ers dropped to 0-3.


Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @AMarkG1.

San Francisco 49ers safety Jimmie Ward tackles Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp during an NFL game in Santa Clara, Calif., on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017.
Baseball fans reacts as a young girl is carried out of the seating area after being hit by a line drive during the fifth inning of a baseball game between the New York Yankees and Minnesota Twins, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo | /Bill Kostroun)

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