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The No. 8 Berry Vikings beat Sewanee, 55-0, on Saturday setting a number of program records. Game release: With the win, Berry improves to 5-0 overall and 3-0 in the Southern Athletic Association (SAA). The Vikings set records offensively for total offense (577 yards), rushing yards (325), average gain per rush (7.4), average gain per play (8.1) and scored the second-most points in program history. The Vikings defense held Sewanee to just two third down conversions, 22 yards rushing and forced four takeaways. Berry scored two touchdowns in the first quarter off rushing scores from Isaiah Dawson and Darius Barnum. Dawson scored another rushing score in the second quarter to put Berry up 21-0. Garrett Kinsey then scored a 23-yard touchdown from Gavin Gray to push the score to 28-0. Trey Gregory added a 41-yard field goal to give the Vikings a 31-0 halftime advantage. Mason Kinsey opened the scoring in the third, scoring on a 63-yard touchdown pass from Heath Burchfield. Chandler Polk then caught a 7-yard pass from Burchfield to put Berry up 45-0. Matthew Syverson tacked on a 30-yard field goal and Carter Morgan scored from one yard out in the fourth to secure the record-setting win. Berry returns home on Saturday, Oct. 12 to host Hendrix College.
Shorter Hawks fall on the road at West Georgia, 44-34. Media release: On Saturday afternoon, Shorter football (0-5, 0-3 Gulf South) fell in a tough Gulf South Conference contest to West Georgia (3-2, 1-1 Gulf South). On their first drive in the contest, Shorter took the lead on an eight-yard touchdown pass from Tyler Pullum to Jeremy Webb Jr. Following a touchdown by West Georgia, Shorter retook the lead on a 28 yard field goal from Nicholas Pope. With 13:46 to play in the second quarter, Pope hit his second field goal of the day – this time from 38 yards out, which marks a career high for Pope. West Georgia responded with 13 unanswered points before halftime. To open the second half, Trevor Smith punched it in from the 1-yard line to cut West Georgia’s lead to 27-20. Following Smith’s touchdown, West Georgia responded with two touchdowns to make the score 41-20. With 13:47 to play in regulation, Pullum found Andrew Warren for a five-yard touchdown pass and Shorter cut the lead to 41-27. Following Warren’s touchdown, West Georgia split the uprights from 32 yards out. Following the West Georgia score, Shorter quickly drove down the field and proceeded to cap off their drive with a 16-yard touchdown run by Pullum. When West Georgia got the ball back with 7:35 to play, they burned 7:00 off the clock before turning the ball over on downs. When Shorter got the ball back with 0:35 to play, Tupac Lanier did his best to give his team a chance, busting a 75-yard run before being brought down at the West Georgia 18-yard line. Lanier finished the contest with 122 yards of rushing on eight carries throughout the game. Pullum had a historic day under center for the Hawks. With 27 completions, Pullum broke Shorter’s single game record of 26, which he had previously held. In addition, his 331 yards of passing finalizes as the third-best single game mark in school history (Pullum, 442 yards vs Miss. College, 2017; Pullum, 386 yards vs West Florida, 2017). Pullum’s favorite target throughout the afternoon was Kameron King. The freshman from Lawrenceville, GA finished the game with 8 receptions for 123 yards. Lanier finished with 58 receiving yards and freshman John Dietl III hauled in 3 passes for 67 yards. Xavier Robinson and Bradley Kirk played phenomenal games on the defensive side of the ball. Robinson brought down 13 Wolves for tackles, including 3 in the backfield for a loss and a sack. Kirk tallied 11 tackles, with eight of them being solo. Bryant Knight recorded two tackles, including a sack while Bruce Guyton Jr. added 1.5 tackles for a loss on the day.
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
- Later today, latest high school football rankings.
- John McClellan’s high school picks: New picks coming Monday.
MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL
- Rome 6th grade over East Paulding, 40-0.
- Rome 7th grade over East Paulding, 44-0.
- Rome 8th grade falls to East Paulding, 27-26, in OT.
LOCAL COLLEGE FOOTBALL
- Atlanta Falcons. At Houston, 1 p.m. Sunday. TV: Fox. Radio: 92.9 The Game. Falcons
- Thursday: St. Louis jumps on Braves in the ninth, then holds on for a 7-6 win in the opening round of the division series.
- Friday: Atlanta tops St. Louis, 3-0, to tie series up at 1-1.
- Sunday: Atlanta at Saint Louis at 4:10 p.m.
- Monday: Atlanta at Saint Louis.
- Wednesday: Saint Louis at Atlanta (if necessary)
- Atlanta Braves: Latest updates @ Atlanta
Atlanta United hosts New England Revolution Sunday at 4 p.m. at MBS. ATLUTD
HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL
State softball first round pairings with best-of-three series Wednesday and Thursday: Click for brackets
- 4A Cedartown at Flowery Branch Class
- 3A Jackson County at Calhoun, Sonoraville at Jefferson Class
- 2A Pepperell at Heard County, Callaway at Rockmart, Chattooga at Lamar County.
- 5A Woodland at Chamblee.
- Class A pairings due Monday.
- Rome Braves’ 2020 season schedule; open at home with seven-game stretch on April 9. 2020
- Pictures: Mills Fitzner’s photos from 2008-18, archive / Click here to see the 2019 season’s galleries.