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Atlanta Falcons fall 34-27 to the Miami Dolphins Thursday night.
- Next up: At home Aug. 15 vs. Jets, kickoff at 7:30 p.m. Falcons
The Berry College Vikings, winners of three straight Southern Athletic Association football championships, will open the 2019 season ranked No. 16 in the D3football.com Top 25. The poll, in its 17th season, is voted on by a panel of 25 coaches, Sports Information Directors and media members from across the country, and is published weekly during the NCAA Division III football season. Head coach Tony Kunczewski claimed his third straight SAA Coach of the Year nod last season and will lead the program into its seventh season after finishing last year 10-2 overall with a 7-1 mark in SAA play. Berry claimed its second straight NCAA playoff victory last season, improving their winning streak in Valhalla Stadium to a dominant 17 games. The Vikings boast a 37-7 record since opening the gates to Valhalla. The team rose as high as No. 9 in last year’s rankings, marking the highest in program history. The Vikings will open the 2019 season on the road at Maryville on Sept. 7 at 2 p.m. The poll
ScoreStream returns for a new season: With football and softball seasons here, we’ve updated our ScoreStream service atop the Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports Report. It will preview and provide scores for reported games throughout the school year. ScoreStream will be vital especially on Friday nights as the football season gets under way.
Looking for Rome-Floyd Parks and Rec’s Fall Guide in your kid’s backpack but can’t find it? You’re not alone. Parks and Rec has posted the early Fall Guide online. The expanded Fall Guide comes out in early September via backpack and remind everyone when it should be coming home.
Rome Braves win big, 7-0, in home stand opener vs. first-place Augusta. Media release: Returning from a long road trip and opening an important series against the 1st place team in their division, the Rome Braves turned in one of their finest performances of the season in a 7-0 shutout win over the rival GreenJackets on Thursday evening. The victory cuts Rome’s deficit in the Southern Division race to 3 games with three more matchups remaining in the series.
The Braves offense continued its recent trend of early production as Justin Dean tripled to open the 1st inning, then scored on a Braden Shewmake RBI groundout. Rome put up the game-defining rally in the 2nd against Augusta starter RHP Adam Oller.
Drew Campbell tripled into the right center field gap, scoring Griffin Benson. Jeremy Fernandez followed with an RBI single. Leading 3-0, the Braves then got four consecutive singles from Dean, Greg Cullen, Shewmake and Shea Langeliers. In all, the rally included five runs on seven hits and put the Braves ahead 6-0 after 2 innings. Oller would yield 10 hits to the first 13 batters he faced in the game.
The offensive outburst would be more than enough for the Rome pitching staff.
Making his third start of the season, Braves RHP William Woods earned the victory as he fired 5 scoreless innings and allowed only one hit. He would strike out five and walk three on the evening. It was Woods’ first win of the season.
Relievers LHP Jake Higginbotham and RHP Victor Vodnik were impressive as well. Higginbotham threw 2 shutout frames and allowed one hit and one walk while striking out three. Vodnik threw 2 scoreless innings and did not surrender a hit. He struck out two and walked two.
Dean finished the game 3-5 with a triple and two runs scored. Cullen was 2-4 with a walk. Langeliers was 2-4 with two RBI. Shewmake was 1-3 with 3 RBI and was hit by a pitch.
The shutout was Rome’s first since June 10th against Charleston, a game which was started by former Cy Young Award winner Dallas Keuchel. Rome has five shutout wins this season.
Rome and Augusta continue their four game series on Friday evening at State Mutual Stadium. Game 2 is scheduled for 7 pm. Rome will start RHP Ricky DeVito, who will be making his South Atlantic League debut appearance. Augusta has not announced its starting pitcher for the game.
Rome Braves (23-23, 53-62): 7 R 12 H 0 E
Augusta GreenJackets (26-20, 62-52): 0 R 2 H 1 E
W: William Woods (1-4)
L: Adam Oller (4-5)
High school preseason scrimmage updates:
- Friday: Temple at Pepperell, Calhoun hosts Northwest Whitfield, Bremen at Rockmart.
- Friday: Rome High’s Fifth Annual Soap Game intrasquad scrimmages at Barron Stadium — will be open to the public. Admission (Sixth through eighth grades), can of Gatorade or six-gallon powdered drink mix; ninths-11th, liquid laundry soap, 75-ounce size; seniors, can of Gatorade mix. It starts with sixth grade vs. sixth grade at 5 p.m. and concludes with offense vs. defense (first team vs first team, second team vs. second team). Each will play two 10-minute quarters.
- Aug. 15: Model at Mount Zion, 7 p.m.
- Aug. 16: Armuchee at Southeast Whitfield; Cass at Pepperell; New Manchester at Rome; Bowdon at Coosa, Gordon Central at Sonoraville; LaFayette at Trion; Dalton at Cartersville; Chattooga at Cedartown; and Woodland at Adairsville.
- John McClellan’s first column of the 2019 football season will post Monday, Aug. 12.
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 Rome City Schools: Corky Kell tickets go on sale at 5 tonight at Barron Stadium during Rome’s Soap Game. Tickets are $12 in advance and $17 on game day. Sale hours: Aug. 13-16 from noon until 2 p.m. and Aug. 19-22 from noon until 2 p.m. The tickets are good for both games on Aug. 22.
-From Calhoun High: Tickets for the Corky Kell Classic football game on sale at the Calhoun High School front office. 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).
–Harbin Clinic to sponsor Metro by T-Mobile Corky Kell Classic: On television, radio, webcast and in the stands, the double header at Barron Stadium is expected to be seen by a million fans on Aug. 22. In addition to the games, Calhoun family medicine physician Dr. Ken Howard will be interviewed during one break and orthopedic surgeon Dr. Brad Bushnell and Dr. Chris Piller during others. Expanded report
- 2019 high school football schedules: Every local school schedule including scrimmages. 2019
- The Atlanta Falcons continue preseason play. Next up: At home Aug. 15 vs. Jets, kickoff at 7:30 p.m. Falcons
- Berry College Vikings open the 2019 season at Maryville on Saturday, Sept. 7. 2 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
MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL
Rome Middle School 2019 Football Schedule
- 8/31 McEachern
- 9/7 Kell
- 9/14 at Hiram
- 9/28 at Cambridge
- 10/5 East Paulding
- 10/12 Pope
- 10/19 at Allatoona
- 10/28 at Campbell
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