Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: Updates on Berry Vikings, Shorter Hawks football. Rome Braves win big, 13-8,  over first-place Asheville; series finale tonight. Local soccer updates.

Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: Updates on Berry Vikings, Shorter Hawks football. Rome Braves win big, 13-8,  over first-place Asheville; series finale tonight. Local soccer updates.

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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.


The Berry Vikings football team reported on Tuesday as preparations begin for the season’s first game, away at Maryville. The regular-season schedule is above. Vikings

Below is the full 2019 Shorter Hawks’ football home schedule with start times: 

Date Opponent, Time, Streaming
Sept. 14 vs. West Florida, 1:00 p.m., ESPN+ (Whiteout)
Sept. 28 vs. Valdosta State, 6:00 p.m., ESPN3 (Blackout)
Oct. 19 vs. North Greenville, 1:00 p.m., YouTube (Homecoming)
Nov. 2 vs. Delta State, 1:00 p.m., YouTube
Nov. 9 vs. Allen, 1:00 p.m., YouTube


The Shorter Hawks will travel to Johnson City, Tennessee to open their season on Saturday, Sept. 7.  7:30 p.m. kickoff. The season opener against East Tennessee State will mark the fifth consecutive season in which Shorter has faced an NCAA Division I opponent, dating back to 2015.  Shorter opened the 2018 season in Birmingham, Alabama when they traveled to take on #10 Samford.

  • The Hawks will return to Rome, Georgia to take on the University of West Florida on Saturday, Sept. 14.  Kickoff 1 Barron Stadium. Broadcast on ESPN+.
  • Shorter’s lone night game at Barron Stadium will take place on Saturday, Sept. 28, against Valdosta State. Broadcast: ESPN3.
  • Homecoming Weekend will take place from Friday, Oct. 18 until Sunday, Oct. 20 and will be highlighted by the Hawks’ football game against North Greenville.
  • The Hawks will return to Rome for home games on back-to-back weekends in November to close out their home slate.  On Saturday, Nov. 2, Shorter will take on Gulf South Conference foe Delta State at 1 p.m..  On Saturday, Nov. 9, the Hawks will close out their 2019 home games against a non-conference opponent in Allen University.


Arsenal Rome’s U15 Boys Classic I team posted a 2-0-1 record in the Nike Select Cup, finishing on top of the Gold division. They tied Concorde Fire 1-1, with the lone goal coming from Tyler Garrett. Goalkeeper Will Payne had 5 saves. On Sunday they defeated UFA Forsyth Gold 3-0.  Garrett took a shot on goal that led to a UFA own-goal and then provided an assist to Steven Villatoro, who followed up with the third goal from about 30 yards out. Payne had 1 save. Goalkeeper Jason Cux had 3 saves. Joshua Hernandez had a defensive save. In Sunday’s second game Arsenal defeated Murfreesboro (TN) 3-0. Cesar Perez got one goal while Villatoro scored two, one a 50+ yard strike from the defensive side of the field. Cux and Payne combined for 8 saves.

Arsenal Rome’s U17 Boys Piedmont Conference National League team went 3-0 in the Nike Select Cup, finishing at the top of the Silver division. They played three SCCL teams from Atlanta. Goalkeepers Miqueas Perez and Carlos Chavez combined for 2 shut-outs.   Arsenal defeated Concorde Fire 1-0 on Saturday with the lone goal coming from Brady Williams. On Sunday, they beat NASA 4-0 with two goals each from Edward Soto and Emanuel Lom. They won their final game 4-2, defeating GSA  with goals from Gonzalo Lemus, Emanuel Lom, Edward Soto, and Brady Williams. 
-Compiled by Roy Dickinson.


Rome Braves win big, 13-8,  over first-place Asheville. Game release: The Rome Braves used two monster innings to pile up 13 runs and even their series with 1st place Asheville with a 13-8 victory. Rome scored 7 runs in the 2nd inning and 6 more in the 6th, pummeling the Tourists and setting up an important finale on Wednesday night.

Trailing Asheville 1-0 in the 2nd the Braves unloaded on starter RHP Eris Filpo, who never made it out of the frame. Michael Harris tied the game with an infield single and Ricardo Rodriguez put the Braves up 2-1 with a hit into left field. Justin Dean followed two batters later with a sharp line drive up the middle to make it 3-1. The rally was capped by consecutive two run doubles from Greg Cullen and Braden Shewmake, giving Rome a 7-1 advantage.

The Braves offense exploded again in the 6th as seven straight batters reached base against the Tourists bullpen. After a bases-loaded walk to Cullen made it 8-2, Shewmake followed with an RBI single. Shea Langeliers took a ball the other way into deep right field, scoring another two runs. The scoring was capped on a two run double off the center field fence by new Rome first baseman Bryce Ball. His extra-base hit made the score 13-2 and gave Rome plenty of wiggle room for the late innings.

Asheville did not go quietly and scored six unanswered runs between the 6th and 8th innings, but the deficit proved to be too great and the Braves closed out the 13-8 win behind RHP Victor Vodnik.

Rome starter RHP Jose Olague got the win for a solid effort. He threw 6 innings and allowed four runs on nine hits. He struck out two and walked one. The win gave Olague 10 for the season, most on the Rome pitching staff.

Five Rome Braves enjoyed multi-hit games on Tuesday. Shewmake was 2-4 with a double and three RBI. Rodriguez was 2-4 with a walk and an RBI. Dean was 2-5 with an RBI and Langeliers was 2-5 with two RBI. Ball was 2-5 with two doubles and two RBI. Cullen was 1-3 with a double, two walks and three RBI.

Rome and Asheville conclude their three game series on Wednesday evening. Game 3 from McCormick Field is scheduled for 7:05 pm. Rome will start RHP William Woods (1-4, 3.34) while Asheville starts RHP Ryan Feltner (6-9, 5.55).

Rome Braves (26-25, 56-64)                              13 R  13 H    0 E

Asheville Tourists (28-23, 57-64)                       8 R    14 H    0 E

W: Jose Olague (10-6)

L: Eris Filpo (2-1)

S: Victor Vodnik (3)

Time: 3:18

Attendance: 2,274

 Next up:  At Asheville, tonight at 7:05. Next: At Columbia. 7:05 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 6:05 p.m. Saturday; 5:05 p.m. Sunday.

-Roster moves:  Rome Braves outfielder Drew Campbell has been placed on the Injured List. In corresponding moves, first baseman Bryce Ball has been promoted to Single-A Rome from R-Danville. Ball, 21, was selected by the Braves in the 24th round of the 2019 draft out of Dallas Baptist University. In 63 games at Dallas Baptist this season, Ball posted a .325 batting average with 12 doubles, 18 home runs and 54 RBI. He made his professional debut with the Danville Braves where he’s put up a .324 average with 12 doubles and 13 homers through 41 games. The Rome roster has 25 active players, 1 restricted and 4 injured.

Pictures: Mills Fitzner’s photos from 2008-18, archive
Atlanta Braves: Latest updates @ Atlanta


John McClellan’s high school football preview and first prediction of the season as Unity Christian plays Friday night. Plus: Audio interview. Link to all high school schedules.  McClellan
  • Audio interview: John McClellan breaks down the 2019 season: New coaches, old rivalries and the teams to watch this fall. Druck Report
  • 2019 high school football schedules: Every local school with games this fall. Schedules

High school updates: 

  • Thursday scrimmage: Model at Mount Zion, 7 p.m.
  • Friday, season opener: The Oaks at University Christian School.
  • Friday scrimmages: 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.

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 Rome City Schools: Corky Kell tickets go on sale. Tickets are $12 in advance and $17 on game day. Sale hours: Today-Friday 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 (
  • 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

  • The Atlanta Falcons at home Thursday 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


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


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.

Saturday: The Gary Tillman Memorial Clocktower 5K Race and 2-mile Health Walk returns to Heritage Park on Saturday 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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