Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: It’s football season; Falcons on TV tonight; high school scrimmages a week away. Rome Braves edged 5-4 by Hagerstown; rematch tonight.  New assistant track coach at Berry.

Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: It’s football season; Falcons on TV tonight; high school scrimmages a week away. Rome Braves edged 5-4 by Hagerstown; rematch tonight. New assistant track coach at Berry.

Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports

Truett’s Chick-fil-A, 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Saturday.

Mount Berry Mall, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Riverside Parkway, 6 a.m.-10 p.m.

Morgan Mason has been named assistant coach to the Berry track & field program. Details below.


Atlanta Falcons vs. Denver Broncos, Hall of Game game, 8-11 p.m. Thursday from Canton, Ohio. TV: NBC. Radio: 92.9 FM (The Game).

Morgan Mason has been named assistant coach to the Berry track & field program, working primarily with jumpers and sprinters. Says Mason: “From my very first conversation, I immediately knew that Berry College is a special place for student-athletes to grow and succeed both in the classroom and on the track. I am thrilled to be joining such a committed staff of coaches and administrators. Together with head coach Luke Syverson and coach Paul Deaton, I am eager to build upon this tradition and help elevate Berry College track and field to new successes on the conference and national levels.”

Mason joins Berry from her alma mater, North Central College, where she also served as a graduate assistant coach following her undergraduate degree in exercise science. As a student-athlete, she competed in the long jump and triple jump events for North Central from 2014-2017.

In her coaching role with the Cardinals, she managed recruiting efforts, designed all aspects of training for horizontal jumpers and coached an NCAA Indoor All-American in the triple jump. She also led three College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (CCIW) conference champions and 11 CCIW All-Conference performers.

Mason also holds U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association certifications for strength and conditioning and jumps in addition to a highly accredited National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Strength and Conditioning Specialist certification.

The appointment was announced by Berry College Director of Athletics Angel Mason (no relation).


Rome Braves edged 5-4 by Hagerstown.  Media releaseRome was unable to hold a pair of leads and dropped the opening game of their three game series 5-4 to Hagerstown on Wednesday evening. Rome got early homers from Justin Dean and Griffin Benson and solid relief work from lefty Jake Higginbotham in the loss.

The Braves jumped out to a 1-0 lead on a leadoff homerun from Dean out to center field. The homer was his fifth of the season.

Hagerstown answered with a rally against Rome starter RHP Alan Rangel and chased him after 1 inning and two runs. Rangel was forced to throw 39 pitches in the frame in order to record three outs, and did not return for the 2nd inning.

Trailing 2-1 in the Top of the 2nd, Rome took the lead back on Benson’s two run homer to center, giving the visitors a 3-2 advantage.

Higginbotham steadied the game for the Braves, firing a season-high 4 innings out of the bullpen. He did not allow a run and surrendered only three hits, while striking out three and issuing no walks.

The scoring resumed in the 7th when Suns slugger Jacob Rhinesmith hit a two run double off the wall in right to put Hagerstown back on top 4-3.

Down to their final strike with runners on the corners in the 9th inning Dean came through once again, lifting a single into center to tie the game 4-4. Rome was unable to retake the lead however and stranded two in the inning. The Suns walked it off in the Bottom of the 9th on a Drew Mendoza RBI single.

The Rome lineup was 1-12 with runners in scoring position in the game.

Dean finished the evening 3-4 with a homer, a walk, a stolen base and two RBI. Benson was 1-4 with a homer and two RBI. Jeremy Fernandez was 2-4 with a run scored.

Rome and Hagerstown continue their three game series Thursday night at Municipal Stadium. First pitch of Game 2 is scheduled for 7:05 pm.

Rome Braves (19-20, 49-59):                   4 R       9 H    2 E

Hagerstown Suns (19-19, 49-59):           5 R     11 H    2 E

W: Ryan Williamson (3-0)

L: Gabriel Noguera (4-5)

Time: 2:50

Attendance: 456

Next up: At Hagerstown through Friday, 7:05 p.m. start; then to West Virginia for four games with the Power. Rome’s next home game is Aug. 8 against Augusta.
Pictures: Mills Fitzner’s photos from 2008-18, archive
Atlanta Braves: Latest updates @ Atlanta


High school preseason scrimmage updates: 

  • Aug. 8: Darlington at Whitefield Academy
  • Aug. 9: Bowdon at Coosa; Model at Mt. Zion; Temple at Pepperell, Calhoun at Northwest Whitfield, Bremen at Rockmart.
  • Aug. 16: Armuchee at Southeast Whitfield; Cass at Pepperell; New Manchester at Rome; Gordon Central at Sonoraville; LaFayette at Trion; and Dalton at Cartersville; Chattooga at Cedartown; and Woodland at Adairsville.

HHPodcast Interview: Local high school football expert John McClellan breaks down the 2019 season: New coaches, old rivalries and the teams to watch this fall. High school football  / Click to the podcast

Corky Kell Classic returns to Barron Stadium on Aug. 22 with Rome, Calhoun games: Look for another season-starting double header in Rome as part of the 2019 Corky Kell Classic high school football kickoff. Calhoun is scheduled to play Ridgeland at 5:30 p.m. and Rome hosts Marietta at 8:30 p.m. in the 28th edition of the classic. Media: The classic’s website states all games will be broadcast on CBS46 and Peachtree TV, and will be streamed live on the National Federation of High School Associations Network at Radio listeners can tune into 92.9 The Game for coverage of the games (the signal is available in Floyd County).

-From Calhoun High: Tickets for the Corky Kell Classic football game on sale at the Calhoun High School front office. The game will take place against Ridgeland High School on Thursday, Aug. 22, at 5:30 p.m. and played at Barron Stadium in Rome. Pre-sale tickets sold at CHS will be $12. Tickets at the gate on game day will be $17. Please contact Brock Holley ( if you have any questions.

  • 2019 high school football schedules: Every local school schedule including scrimmages. 2019
  • The Atlanta Falcons will open the 2019 preseason in the Hall of Fame Game against the Denver Broncos on Aug. 1 at 8 p.m. Falcons
  • Berry College Vikings open the 2019 season at Maryville on Saturday, Sept. 7. 1 p.m. kickoff. Vikings
  • Shorter Hawks begin the season at East Tennessee State on Saturday, Sept. 7. Hawks
  • Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets  at Clemson, Thursday, Aug. 29, 8 p.m. ACC Network. Jackets
  • Georgia Bulldogs at Vanderbilt, Saturday, Aug. 31, 7:30 p.m. SEC Network. Bulldogs


Aug. 17: The Gary Tillman Memorial Clocktower 5K Race and 2-mile Health Walk returns to Heritage Park on Saturday, Aug. 17 at 8 a.m. Registration continues.This challenging 5K winds through historic downtown Rome, and climbs historic Clocktower Hill in the second mile.  Both the 5K and the 2-mile health walk courses are very scenic, as they take in much of the “Between the Rivers” district of beautiful downtown Rome.  Both events start and end in Heritage Park. Pre and Post Race refreshments, pre and post race massages, music, and fun make this a race not to be missed. Proceeds go to the Exchange Club Family Resource Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse. Registration $30 and $25. Register

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