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.
John McClellan’s high school picks: Big games for Rome, Darlington, Unity, Rockmart. Cartersville, Cedartown should cruise. McClellan
Friday kickoff forecast: A crisp 60 degrees with an 8-mph wind.
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).
Armuchee High’s new gym will host the A/AA region volleyball tournament for our area this evening and Saturday. It begins at 5 p m. Thursday and then 8 a.m. Saturday. Double elimination.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL (games on Saturday):
Georgia Tech at home vs. Clemson, noon, ABC or ACC Network. Georgia Tech
• Saturday’s game marks the first time that Georgia Tech will host the nation’s No. 1 team since a 3-3 tie versus No. 1 Notre Dame at Grant Field on Nov. 8, 1980.
• Clemson is Georgia Tech’s fourth-most common opponent all-time, as the teams are meeting for the 86th time on Saturday in a rivalry that dates back to 1898. Tech and Clemson have met annually since the Yellow Jackets joined the Atlantic Coast Conference in 1983. The Jackets lead the all-time series, 50-32-2*, including a 44-15-2 advantage in games played in Atlanta.
*Georgia Tech’s win in 2009 ACC Championship Game was vacated due to NCAA sanctions
• Saturday’s game will be televised nationally on ABC, Georgia Tech’s third game on the network this season. The Yellow Jackets’ three regular-season games on national network television (ABC/CBS/FOX/NBC) are their most since 2008.
• Georgia Tech true freshman quarterback Jeff Sims was named ACC Rookie of the Week for the second time this season after throwing for 249 yards, rushing for 64 and accounting for three touchdowns in last Friday’s win over Louisville. He is the only quarterback in the nation that has passed for at least 240 yards and run for 60 yards or more in three games this season. The feat has been accomplished only 12 times total across NCAA Division I FBS this season and Sims is the only freshman (true or redshirt) that has achieved it even once.
• Led by Sims, Georgia Tech has totaled more than 400 yards of offense in every game this season, marking the first time that the Yellow Jackets have had four-straight 400-yard games since 2014 and the first time they’ve opened a season with four-consecutive 400-yard games against FBS opponents since 1999.
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.”
Second SEC COVID delay: The LSU at Florida football game of Oct. 17 has been postponed due to positive tests and subsequent quarantining of individuals within the Florida football program, consistent with Southeastern Conference COVID-19 management requirements. The game is tentatively rescheduled for Dec. 12 in Gainesville.
Saban, Alabama AD both have coronavirus: Alabama football coach Nick Saban tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday, and he is self-isolating at home while continuing to oversee his team’s practices via Zoom. Alabama athletic director Greg Byrne also tested positive on Wednesday. “I found out earlier this afternoon that I had tested positive for COVID-19,” Saban said in a statement. “I immediately left work and isolated at home. At this time, I do not have any symptoms relative to COVID, and I have taken another PCR test to confirm my diagnosis.” The second-ranked Crimson Tide play host to No. 3 Georgia on Saturday. Saban, who is working from his home, was upbeat as he addressed reporters on a Zoom call Wednesday evening, joking that “something must be bad wrong — as much as I look forward to these Wednesday press conferences — for me not to be there with you today.” Saban, 68, said he was feeling fine before the positive test result, which he said surprised him. “I feel fine, so I’m not really concerned that much about my health, but you never know,” Saban said. “Look, I basically feel like when we’re in our own personal bubble here, everybody is in a much safer place. I think as soon as you travel, you get exposed to a lot more things and a lot more people.” Offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian, who was the head coach at Washington from 2009 to 2013 and at Southern California in 2014 and 2015, has been put in charge of operations on the ground with Saban away. Saban said they haven’t yet decided how much autonomy Sarkisian has to make decisions. For more, click ESPN.
Other SEC games on TV this Saturday (updated):
- Auburn at South Carolina, noon on ESPN
- Kentucky at Tennessee, noon on SEC Network
- Ole Miss at Arkansas, 3:30pm on SEC Network.
- Texas A&M at Mississippi State, 4 pm on ESPN.
SEC games on TV on Saturday, Oct. 24:
- Auburn at Ole Miss, Noon on SEC Network
- Alabama at Tennessee, 3:30 pm on CBS
- South Carolina at LSU, 4 pm on SEC Network
- Missouri at Florida, 7pm on ESPN or 7:30pm on SEC Network
- Georgia at Kentucky, 7pm on ESPN or 7:30pm on SEC Network
Atlanta Braves battered, 15-3, by Dodgers in game 3. Kyle Wright got just 2 outs and allowed 7 of the Dodgers’ 11 first-inning runs. “At the end of the day, it’s one game.” Braves lead series, 2-1.
- Next: Rematch tonight at 8 on Fox, FS1. Game 5, 9 p.m. Friday on FS1; Saturday if needed would be at 4:40 p.m., FS1; Sunday, 8:15 p.m. on Fox.
- Best-of-seven series with the winner going to the World Series vs. the American League champ.
- Roster: Braves right-hander Bryse Wilson will get the ball to start what in all likelihood will be a bullpen game for Atlanta in Thursday’s Game 4 of the National League Championship Series at Globe Life Field. The Braves entered the 2020 postseason with essentially three starting pitchers in Max Fried, Ian Anderson and Kyle Wright, so Thursday’s likely bullpen-game approach does not come as a surprise. Wilson has started seven of his 15 career regular-season appearances, including two starts to close out the ’20 slate. His longest career start is six innings of two-run ball against the Phillies on July 3, 2019. Wilson has never pitched against the Dodgers, who find themselves in an 0-2 hole to the Braves after entering the NLCS as the favorites. Wright will take the ball in Game 3 as the red-hot Braves seek to become just the second team (following the 2014 Royals) to begin a postseason with eight consecutive victories. Wilson pitched to a 4.02 ERA with 15 strikeouts in 15 2/3 innings over six games (two starts) this season. He has a 5.91 career ERA over parts of three seasons with the Braves.
- More on the MLB playoffs.
- Falcons (0-5) next at the Vikings, 1 p.m. Sunday, Fox. Radio: 92.9 FM The Game.
- Dan Quinn says thank you: “How fortunate am I that I close this chapter the very same way I opened it – with gratitude.
“Being the Head Coach of your Atlanta Falcons has been the privilege of a lifetime. I can’t express my appreciation enough to Arthur Blank for the opportunity to represent this organization for the past six seasons. It truly has been my family. My wife Stacey and I will forever be grateful for every single person in this organization who made our lives better and fuller.
“I will miss so many things, but none more than the men in the locker room. From pro bowlers to practice squad players, it was an honor to fight shoulder-to-shoulder with you and be a part of your lives on and off the field.
“Finally, to the people of Atlanta and Falcons fans everywhere. I can’t thank you enough for making this Jersey boy feel right at home. I know there are great things ahead for this team and I’ll continue to root like hell for them, and for you. I hope I represented your team with the grace and character you deserve.
“In Brotherhood, DQ”
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.