Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports
LOCAL COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Berry College Vikings top Maryville, 31-10.
Media release: The No. 16 Berry College football team opened the 2019 season with a 31-10 win at Maryville College on Saturday afternoon. Berry’s star wide receiver Mason Kinsey put the Vikings up with a trio of first-half touchdown receptions, as the Vikings led 21-7 at the half. Cade Kennemore hauled in Heath Burchfield’s third touchdown pass of the day in the third quarter to extend the lead. Trey Gregory then hit a 36-yard field goal in the fourth to secure the win.
Burchfield had a strong season-opener, completing 12-of-17 passes for 164 yards and three touchdowns. Freshman quarterback Gavin Gray recorded 45 passing yards and a touchdown. Isaiah Dawson led the Berry rushing attack with 38 yards. Kinsey finished with seven catches for 103 yards and three scores. A.M. Harris recorded seven 10 tackles to lead the Berry defense that held Maryville to just four third-down conversions.
Next: Berry will host LaGrange on Saturday at 6 p.m. in the team’s home opener. Vikings
Shorter Hawks falls 48-10 on road at East Tennessee State.
From East Tennessee State: The ETSU Buccaneers put on an offensive display in front of the home faithful on Saturday night at William B. Greene, Jr. Stadium in the 2019 home opener. The Bucs poured on 48 points, the most points since the resurgence of football in 2015 and the most since scoring 68 against Chattanooga on Nov. 15, 2003.
ETSU tallied 491 total yards of offense, including 248 yards on the ground and 243 in the air. The Buccaneers got the job done on the defensive front as well, yielding just 163 yards (62 rushing).
The Bucs scored on their first four possessions of the game, taking the commanding 25-0 lead before yielding a field goal as time expired in the first half. ETSU then scored 23 unanswered points for the 48-3 lead, including a safety recorded by Austin Rowan (Knoxville, Tenn.).
Shorter punched in its lone touchdown of the game with 1:30 remaining in the game as John Dietl III caught an eight-yard touchdown pass from Aeneas Dennis.
The Bucs improve to 1-1 on the season including 22-8 in home openers as an affiliated member of the Southern Conference. ETSU also improves to 19-19-1 in first-ever meetings with an opponent.
It was Shorter’s 39th consecutive loss, dating back to Phil Jones’ final season with the Hawks.
Next Saturday: At home vs. University of West Florida, 1 p.m. at Barron Stadium. Hawks
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
- The Atlanta Falcons. Season opener at Minnesota at 1 p.m. today on Fox. Falcons
- Rome Braves’ 2020 season schedule; open at home with seven-game stretch on April 9. Rome Braves 2020
- The South Atlantic League’s All-Star game returns to Rome in June; the game itself is June 23. All-Star
- 2020 season ticket packages include tickets to the All-Star game. Braves
- Pictures: Mills Fitzner’s photos from 2008-18, archive / Click here to see the 2019 season’s galleries.
- Atlanta Braves: Latest updates @ Atlanta
No. 9 Berry College hosts the 2019 Berry Volleyball National Invitational. Berry lost 3-2 to No. 1 Emory University on Saturday.