Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: Polk County: Only parents/guardians at winter sports events. Falcons said to be zeroing in on Terry Fontenot as general manager. Baseball: Lookouts name 2021 field staff.

Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: Polk County: Only parents/guardians at winter sports events. Falcons said to be zeroing in on Terry Fontenot as general manager. Baseball: Lookouts name 2021 field staff.

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.


Effectively immediately for all Polk School District Events:
“Because of a rise in the number of COVID cases outside of Polk School District, parents/guardians will be the only spectators allowed to attend winter sporting events. We are making every effort to ensure the continued health of our student athletes so that they may stay in school and continue to compete in activities. We ask for your patience and understanding during this ever-changing situation.”

(Earlier) Rockmart High cuts crowd for tonight’s basketball game; Saturday’s game canceled.

From the school: “The basketball games this Friday will be closed to the general public. Tickets sold on GoFan will be honored but GoFan sales have now been suspended for this game. Players are allowed two adult family members each. We will have a roster at the gate and only two people per student will be allowed to purchase tickets. No siblings; parents and guardians only. Spectators must wear a mask and social distance at the game.

This is a safeguard to help keep our COVID numbers low after the holiday spike. Hopefully we can return to normal operations soon. No season passes or faculty badges will be honored at Friday nights game. (Rockmart’s teams face LaFayette).
The nonregion game on Saturday has been canceled (vs. Chattooga).

 


NFL

What’s next in the National Football League’s playoffs: For more, click NFL

Divisional round

Saturday:

  • Rams vs. Green Bay, 4:35 p.m., Fox.
  • Ravens vs. Bills, 8:15 p.m., NBC.

Sunday:

  • Browns vs. Chiefs, 3:05 p.m., CBS
  • Tampa Bay vs. Saints, 6:40 p.m., Fox.

Atlanta Falcons:  According to a tweet by NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport, Saints vice president/assistant general manager of pro personnel Terry Fontenot has been identified as the favorite for the Falcons’ vacant general manager position.

Rapoport also reports that the Falcons would wait to finalize a deal until the Saints are out of the postseason. After beating the Chicago Bears in the wild-card round, the Saints will host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday afternoon. New Orleans swept Tampa Bay in its season series this season.

Fontenot began his NFL career with the Saints and worked his way up through the organization for the next 18 years. He spent time as a pro scouting assistant and an assistant in player personnel. Eventually, Fontenot was promoted to pro scout, a role he held for seven seasons before being promoted again to director of pro scouting, which he held for the same amount of time. Fontenot was then made Loomis’s right-hand man in 2020 when his role expanded to become vice president/assistant general manager – pro personnel

Fontenot has been connected to the Falcons as a general manager candidate for some time. Multiple reports have surfaced stating Fontenot is considered among the finalists for the job, alongside Rams director of college scouting Brad Holmes. He’s also been linked to Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator Joe Brady as a possible head coach, general manager pairing in Atlanta.


COLLEGE FOOTBALL/local

Berry College: The tentative plan is to have a five-game football season begin sometime in February. The schedule will be finalized soon.

  • No outside fans at Berry/SAA events per COVID concerns. Fans will be limited to only students, faculty, and staff members that are part of an SAA institution’s COVID-19 on-campus community. Please visit www.SAA-Sports.com.

Shorter Hawks: Shorter head football coach Zach Morrison says football practice will begin at the end of January with a five-game schedule slated to begin on Feb. 27 with a game at Kennesaw State University. Two of the games will be played at home including the March 20 showdown against Edwards Waters College and March 27 against Fort Valley State University. Shorter’s home games will be played at Darlington’s Chris Hunter Stadium.


BASEBALL

Atlanta Braves open spring training Feb. 27: The Braves will be based as the new spring training campus in North Port on the coast of Southwest Florida. The inaugural season was cut short by the pandemic in 2020. The first game of the Grapefruit League is Feb. 27 at Baltimore. The first “home” game is March 1 vs. the Nationals. Spring schedule

The Cincinnati Reds have announced that Ricky Gutierrez will manage the Chattanooga Lookouts for the upcoming 2021 season. Joining Gutierrez will be pitching coach Rob Wooten, hitting coach Todd Takayoshi, development coach Lenny Harris and game planning coach Kyle Arnsberg.

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