Updated Chick-fil-A Sports Report: Georgia holds at no. 3 but gains on Clemson. Berry improves to 2-0 with win at LaGrange. Shorter falls in home opener. Georgia stomps South Carolina. Georgia Tech falls in South Florida.

Updated Chick-fil-A Sports Report: Georgia holds at no. 3 but gains on Clemson. Berry improves to 2-0 with win at LaGrange. Shorter falls in home opener. Georgia stomps South Carolina. Georgia Tech falls in South Florida.

Chick-fil-A Sports Report
Mount Berry Mall, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Riverside Parkway, 6 a.m.-10 p.m.

Georgia draws closer to no. 2 Clemson in latest AP Top 25 poll. That close call Clemson had with Texas A&M, coupled with Georgia’s dominance of South Carolina, helped the Bulldogs find some more votes in this week’s AP Top 25 football poll. Alabama remains no. 1 and even  picked up some votes while no. 2 Clemson saw its total drop from 1,467 to 1,430 — but still enough to  maintain its spot in the Top 5. No. 3 Georgia saw the points grow from 1,350 last week to 1,407 this week, just 23 below Clemson. Ohio State remained at no. 4 while Oklahoma jumped to fifth, moving Wisconsin down a notch.

SEC teams: No. 1 Alabama, No. 3 Georgia, no. 7 Auburn, no. 12 LSU, no. 16 Mississippi State. Dropped out: South Carolina, Florida.

ACC teams: No. 2 Clemson, no. 13 Virginia Tech, No. 21 Miami.

 

 


September 1, 2018. Defensive back Justus Edwards tackles a Maryville receiver during their 38-3 win over Maryville. Photo by Matthew McConnell/ Berry College 2018.

COLLEGES

Berry Football:  The No. 20 Berry College football team earned a hard-fought 34-21 victory over the LaGrange Panthers on Saturday night, improving to 2-0 on the year. Berry

Next: At Rhodes, 2 p.m. Sept. 15. Schedule

The No. 20 Berry College football team earned a hard-fought 34-21 victory over the LaGrange Panthers on Saturday night, improving to 2-0 for the third straight year.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • The Vikings jumped out to a quick 13-0 lead in the opening quarter
  • LaGrange answered with just over two minutes remaining in the opening period with a 22-yard strike from Kelly Hall to Austin Sapp.
  • The Panthers pulled to within one point in the second quarter, off a touchdown run from La’Kel hood.
  • Late in the second, Berry was set up with a short field. The Vikings capitalized with a 6-yard touchdown pass from Tate Adcock to Mason Kinsey.
  • The Vikings then sent Kinsey on a rare rushing attempt, which  he took 32-yards for a score. Berry led 27-14.
  • LaGrange answered early in the fourth quarter with a 54-yard touchdown reception from DJ Owens.
  • With the Panthers driving in the fourth, A.M. Harris intercepted Kelly Hall at the LaGrange 47-yard line. Adcock connected with Kinsey again in the corner of the end zone for a 23-yard score, putting the game out of reach 34-21.
  • Berry racked up 480 total yards of offense and held LaGrange to just four yards on the ground.
  • The Vikings also forced four takeaways.

BERRY STANDOUTS:

  • Tate Adcock: 14-20, 176 YDS, 4 TDs
  • CJ Stone: 10 ATT, 72 YDS
  • Joey Connors: 105 TOT YDS, TD
  • Mason Kinsey: 6 REC, 54 YDS, 2 TDs
  • Mark Sommerville: 5 TKL, INT
  • Bryson Lamboy: 5 TKL, SACK

NOTABLES:

  • Adcock’s four touchdown passes are the most by a Berry quarterback since Dale Jackson in 2014.
  • Berry’s 270 rushing yards are the most since Oct. 7 of last season when Berry rushed for 296 against Sewanee.

UP NEXT: 

  • Berry will open Southern Athletic Association (SAA) competition next Saturday, Sept. 15, at Rhodes. Kickoff is set for 2:00 p.m.

Shorter Football: The Hawks dropped their home opener Saturday, falling 61-14 to Tusculum College. The Hawks are now 0-2 on the season. Score recap  

Next: At West Florida, 7 p.m. Sept. 15. Season schedule

Georgia Bulldogs: Georgia stomps South Carolina, 41-17. Next Saturday: Georgia hosts Middle Tennessee, 7:15 p.m., ESPN2. Schedule / SEC Schedule

Georgia Tech: The Yellow Jackets lost 49-38 at South Florida. Next Saturday: Tech at Pitt, 12:30 p.m. Schedule  / ACC Schedule


HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

Latest high school football rankings will post later today. 

John McClellan’s Friday football forecast: New picks for Sept. 14 coming on Monday.

2018 high school football season. High School 2018.


THE PROS

Atlanta Falcons  host Carolina, 1 p.m. Sept. 16. Fox.  Schedule


BASEBALL

Mills Fitzner’s photos from this season and nine earlier ones. Click photo gallery.

The 2019 Rome Braves schedule has been released. Opening day is April 11, 2019. 


COMMUNITY

Sept. 15: The 32nd Annual Roman Rumble 5K/Health Walk set for Ridge Ferry Park, benefiting Harbor House. Preregistration starts at 7:30 a.m. and the race at 8 a.m. The walk starts a few minutes later. Pre-race packet pick up available on Friday Sept. 14 from 4:30-6 p.m. at Pro-Performance, 100 Broad St. No public roads. Out and back course follows a scenic paved path along the Oostanaula River. Mostly flat with some rolling hills. Race will be held rain or shine. Bicycles, skateboards, baby joggers or strollers, roller skates or inline skates and other wheeled conveyances, radio headsets and animals are not permitted because of insurance considerations.For more: Roman Rumble.

Sept. 29: Heroes are getting ready to run, walk, fly and maybe even crawl into Rome for the 2018 edition of the Harbin Hero Hustle 5K and two-mile health walk. But before the race can soar into action, the Harbin Heroes need your help in selecting five local charities to participate in the Harbin Hero Challenge. These charities are superheroes for the community and will receive a portion of $4,250 in donations from Harbin Clinic. For expanded details, please click Harbin Hero Hustle.

Dec. 8: Registration is under way for the annual #JamieStrong Rome Half Marathon to be held at State Mutual Stadium. In addition to the 13.1-mile Half Marathon, the event

that is presented by GoGo Running includes a Half Marathon Relay and a 5- kilometer race. The Rome Half will once again benefit area middle and high school running
programs with some of the proceeds benefiting Rome teen runner Jamie Hughes and his family as a determined Jamie fights Osteosarcoma, a very rare but aggressive bone cancer that attacks children in their growth spurts. All of the races start and end at State Mutual Stadium, with the 5k starting at 8 a.m. and the Half Marathon and Relay starting at 8:05. Half Marathon, Relay, and 5k Finishers receive long sleeve tech T’s, and will enjoy a post-race pancake breakfast provided by the Rome Braves. The area’s high school teams and athletes will be honored the night before at the 2018 GoGo Running All-Area Cross Country Banquet that will be held Friday, Dec. 7. For more: www.romehalf.com or contact GoGo Running at The Shoe Box at 706-291-0752.

 

 

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