Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: Braves take game 1, 5-1, vs. Dodgers; rematch tonight at 6. Falcons name Raheem Morris interim head coach. Armuchee High hosts regional volleyball competition Thursday and Saturday; state finals at LakePoint on Nov. 7.

Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: Braves take game 1, 5-1, vs. Dodgers; rematch tonight at 6. Falcons name Raheem Morris interim head coach. Armuchee High hosts regional volleyball competition Thursday and Saturday; state finals at LakePoint on Nov. 7.

Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports

Truett’s Chick-fli-A, 264 Shorter Ave., 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Drive-through, curbside and Door Dash.
Mount Berry Mall, 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. (curbside, carryout, Door Dash). Shipping Container, 6 a.m.-10 p.m. All Monday-Saturday.


HIGH SCHOOL

John McClellan’s high school picks: Big games for Rome, Darlington, Unity, Rockmart. Cartersville, Cedartown should cruise.  McClellan

This Friday’s current schedule:

  • Model (2-2, 0-0) at Coosa (3-1, 0-0)
  • Bremen (3-2) at Private A No. 10 Darlington (4-1)
  • Rome (2-3, 1-1) at Dalton (1-3, 0-2)
  • Fannin County (4-0, 1-0) at Pepperell (2-3, 1-0)
  • Armuchee (2-2, 0-0) at Mt. Zion (5-0, 0-0)
  • Cherokee Christian School (6-0, 1-0) at Unity Christian School (6-0, 1-0)
  • 5A No. 4 Cartersville (4-1, 0-0) at Cass (5-0, 0-0)
  • 5A No. 5 Calhoun (4-1, 0-0) at Hiram (0-5, 0-0)
  • Adairsville (3-1, 2-0) at Ringgold (3-2, 2-1)
  • 3A No. 7 Rockmart (3-1, 2-0) at North Murray (2-1, 2-0)
  • Pickens (2-3, 0-0) at Cedartown (2-2, 0-0)
  • Sonoraville (2-2, 0-2) at Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe (0-4, 0-2)
  • Off this week: Chattooga (postponed; COVID-19), Gordon Central and Woodland (canceled; COVID-19).

VOLLEYBALL

Armuchee High’s new gym will host the A/AA region volleyball tournament for our area this Thursday and Saturday. It begins at 5 p m. Thursday and then 8 a.m. Saturday. Double elimination.

The Georgia High School Association Volleyball State Championships will be held on Saturday, Nov. 7, at the Champions Center in LakePoint Sports Complex in Emerson. Tickets will only be available at GoFan. No tickets will be sold at the gate.  The 2019 State Champions were: Walton, Allatoona, McIntosh, Blessed Trinity, Pace Academy, Coosa and Hebron Christian.  View all past state champions.

Court #8

  • 11 a.m. – 1A Private
  • 1:30 p.m. – 3A
  • 4 p.m. – 5A
Court #17
  • Noon – 1A/2A Public
  • 2:30 p.m. – 4A
  • 5 p.m. – 6A

COLLEGE FOOTBALL (games on Saturday):

Georgia Tech at home vs. Clemson, noon, ABC or ACC Network. Georgia Tech

Georgia at Alabama, 8 p.m., CBS. Georgia / Alabama

First SEC COVID delay: “The Vanderbilt at Missouri football game of Oct. 17 has been postponed due to positive tests and subsequent quarantining of individuals within the Vanderbilt football program, consistent with Southeastern Conference COVID-19 management requirements. The game is tentatively rescheduled for Dec. 12 in Columbia.”


BASEBALL

Atlanta Braves win 5-1 vs. Dodgers:  Max Fried stifled the dangerous Dodgers lineup, then Austin Riley hit the “biggest HR of his life” in the 9th.

  • Next: Rematch tonight at 6 on Fox Sports 1. Ian Anderson pitching. Same time, channel on Wednesday; Kyle Wright pitching.
  • Best-of-seven series with the winner going to the World Series vs. the American League champ.
  • More on the MLB playoffs.

ATLANTA FALCONS

Falcons’ interim head coach, Raheem Morris.

 

Media release: The Atlanta Falcons have named Raheem Morris interim head coach.

“Raheem is a strong leader and a talented coach that has adapted to a variety of roles since joining the Falcons in 2015,” said Rich McKay, Falcons President and CEO. “He has experience as a head coach and has worked on both sides of the ball. We felt that combined with his connection to the players and coaching staff, which will be an important factor as we move forward in 2020, he was the right person to give this responsibility to.”

A veteran coach with 18 years of NFL coaching experience on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball, Morris is in his sixth season with the Falcons and his first as the defensive coordinator.

Morris began the 2019 season focused on the receiving corps but turned his attention to the secondary after the bye week following a tumultuous start. Over the final eight games, the team went 6-2 and the defense went from having the lowest amount of takeaways in the first half of the season (4) to finishing with the second-most in the NFL (16) after Week 9. The defense also vaulted from the bottom of the league rankings to the top 10 in sacks (32nd to 10th), scoring efficiency (32nd to 9th), and red zone efficiency (31st to 6th) over the final eight weeks of the season.

Morris joined the Falcons after spending three seasons as the defensive backs coach for the Washington Football Team. In 2012, he helped Washington’s defense finish tied for fifth in the NFL with 31 takeaways.

Prior to arriving in Washington, Morris spent three seasons as the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2009-2011. He was the league’s youngest head coach in 2009 and in 2010, his team finished with a 10-6 record. The Buccaneers made their best turnaround in franchise history in 2010 after going 3-13 in 2009.

  • Falcons (0-5) next at the Vikings, 1 p.m. Sunday, Fox. Radio: 92.9 FM The Game.

COMMUNITY SPORTS

POWERADE Power Dash 5K and Health Walk, Rome’s first live race since March, set to begin in waves this Saturday. What to know.

  • Includes packet pickup times, mask and water updates, Sunday posting of results.

COLLEGE

A great story with some strong Georgia Highlands College connections. 

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