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Shorter Hawks’ Junior Defensive Back Nehemiah Reddish has been named to the 2019 Preseason All-Gulf South Conference Team. Reddish, a Rome High grad, appeared in eight games in 2018 and was ranked first with 70 total tackles.
- The Preseason Poll and Top Newcomer List were also released with the Hawks being predicted to finish ninth after a vote by the GSC head coaches. The coaches were not allowed to vote for their own teams.
- Four incoming Hawks were named to the GSC Top Newcomers List, all four of them were freshman. Aeneas Dennis (Marietta, GA), Bryce Spradling (Tucker, GA), Caleb Thomas (Warner Robins, GA), and Drew Tossie (Monroe, GA).2019 Football Preseason Poll
- Valdosta State
- West Georgia
- West Alabama
- West Florida
- Florida Tech
- Delta State
- North Greenville
- Mississippi College
Atlanta Falcons fall 14-10 to Denver Broncos. Game notes.
Rome Braves rebound, defeat Suns, 5-3. Media release: The Rome Braves welcomed back two of their best pitchers in RHP Jose Olague and RHP Victor Vodnik, and rode them to a 5-3 victory over Hagerstown on Thursday evening, ending their three game losing skid and snapping the Suns’ seven game winning streak in a complete performance at Municipal Stadium.
Rome’s offense wasn’t elite with runners in scoring position, but it was better in Game 2 of the series than it had been in the opener. It was the lineup’s ability to grind out long at bats that made a huge difference in grinding down the Hagerstown staff.
Rome opened the scoring with a solo homer from slugger Griffin Benson in the 2nd inning, a 403 foot shot that cleared the right field wall with plenty left to spare. It was Benson’s second homer of the series and 12th of the season.
In the 3rd the Braves began to wear down Suns starter RHP Reid Schaller. Braulio Vasquez opened the frame with a walk and eventually scored on a double play grounder. In the 4th Greg Cullen took a leadoff walk and scored on an RBI single from Ricardo Rodriguez. In the 5th it was Justin Dean who worked a free pass and scored on an RBI knock from Braden Shewmake. In three consecutive innings Schaller walked the leadoff hitter and each time he paid for it with a run.
Olague left in the 6th shortly after Jackson Cluff hit a solo homer to cut Rome’s lead to 4-3. Righty relievers Jose Montilla and Vodnik would make sure it stood up. Montilla inherited the tying run but stranded it, then worked a scoreless 7th. Vodnik, who was activated shortly before first pitch, threw 2 shutout innings of relief to earn the save. It was his first appearance since June 24th.
Rome added a big insurance run in the top of the 9th inning thanks to a Jeremy Fernandez triple and a Vasquez sacrifice fly to go up 5-3, giving Vodnik more wiggle room for the Bottom of the 9th. The Suns brought the tying run to the plate but Vodnik slammed the door the secure the win.
Olague went 5.1 innings to earn his 9th victory of the season. He allowed three runs on four hits while striking out three and walking two. It was his first start since July 21st.
Dean went 2-4 with a double and a walk, giving him five hits in the series. He’s reached base seven times in ten plate appearances across the two games and raised his OPS to .815 on the season. Benson was 1-4 with a homer, Fernandez 1-4 with a triple. Shewmake went 1-3 with a walk and an RBI.
Rome and Hagerstown conclude their three game series Friday night at Municipal Stadium. First pitch of Game 3 is scheduled for 7:05 pm. Rome will start RHP William Woods (0-3, 3.81) while the Suns start RHP Joan Adon (9-3, 4.27).
Rome Braves (20-20, 50-59): 5 R 6 H 0 E
Hagerstown Suns (19-20, 49-60): 3 R 5 H 0 E
W: Jose Olague (9-6)
L: Reid Schaller (1-2)
S: Victor Vodnik (2)
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 NFHSNetwork.com. 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 (email@example.com) 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