Fromm's Warner Robins pastor torn by team loyalty

Fromm puts his faith in the national spotlight

As the Dawgs prepare to take on Alabama tonight, it's no secret that Jake Fromm's clutch performances have made him a household name across the country.

But for many in Central Georgia, it's his faith in pressure-filled moments that have made Jake stand out from the crowd.

It’s safe to say Fromm is a fan favorite. He’s led the Dawgs on a historic run through the season all the way to the game of a lifetime with grit and faith.

It’s that faith that has the congregation at Southside Baptist Church lifting Jake up.

“Jake is an awesome young man and he’s doing a fine job representing himself and our community and church,” said Trent Carriker.

Pastor Jerry Walls has been Jake’s spiritual mentor for years – even though he’s an Alabama fan.

And when it comes to the title game… Fromm, as an athlete, has Walls conflicted.

“I’m in a dilemma,” said Walls. “I hope Jake throws for six touchdowns, 350 yards, but there’s a little something in me that wants him to lose by one.”

But as far as Jake – the person – goes…

“I mean he just has this amazing ‘it factor’ and even that spiritual ‘it factor.’ I tell people it’s kind of like the hand of God,” said Walls.

For Georgia fans and Alabama supporters, tonight will be a momentous blink-and-you-miss-it event.

Perhaps it’s fitting that Sunday’s sermon was centered on moments you’ll never forget.

Walls says sometimes he sends Jake scripture before big games. On Sunday, he texted him a verse from Psalms that read in part: 

'The LORD will withhold no good thing from those who do what is right.'

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