Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: Former Cartersville coach Joey King to lead Carrollton football. NFL’s final four set; league championships are Sunday. Former Berry Viking Mason Kinsey back with Tennessee Titans. More COVID concerns for Shorter basketball.

Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: Former Cartersville coach Joey King to lead Carrollton football. NFL’s final four set; league championships are Sunday. Former Berry Viking Mason Kinsey back with Tennessee Titans. More COVID concerns for Shorter basketball.

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.

Former Cartersville Head Football Coach Joey King returns to Carrollton: Posted on the city schools’ website:

A former Trojan quarterback coach and offensive coordinator who went on to claim back-to-back state titles as a head coach in Cartersville and then gained experience as a coach at the collegiate level is returning to Carrollton older, wiser, and ready to take the Trojans to new heights.

Joey King spent six seasons with the Trojans under head coach Rayvan Teague and helped coach the Trojans in two state title appearances.  The Carrollton Board of Education, in a called meeting Monday night, unanimously approved his hire as the new head coach.

“We welcome Coach King back to the Trojan Nation with open arms,” said Dr. Mark Albertus, Carrollton City Schools superintendent. “He is a great fit for our program. He’s not only a talented football coach who connects and cares about his players, he understands and employs the tenets of leadership which will be a great asset for our community.”

CHS Principal David Brooks, who served as CHS athletic director during King’s tenure, said King did an “outstanding job and we are excited to have him back.  “Coach King understands the Trojan culture,” he added. “That goes a long way in garnering the support of our athletes, parents and fans within our football tradition.”

Paul Fitz-Simons, CHS athletic director, noted King’s experience at the collegiate level also will be advantageous for Trojan athletes.

“Coach King is extremely well connected in the coaching profession which will serve our athletes well in the future,” Fitz-Simons said. “He values the Trojan tradition and will build on the Trojan legacy.  He has always held the Carrollton community in high regard and I am thrilled that he and his wonderful family are back.”

King most recently served as the tight ends coach for the University of South Florida in Tampa and prior to that, coached wide receivers at Coastal Carolina University near Myrtle Beach, S.C. He served as head coach for Cartersville from 2014-2018, where he led the Purple Hurricanes to a 67-4 overall record, two state championships, four state title games, and earned the status for reaching 50 wins faster than any head coach in Georgia High School football history.

A native of Cedartown, King earned a bachelor’s degree from Carson-Newman University in Tennessee where he played quarterback for three NCAA playoff teams and three South Atlantic Conference championship teams. He later earned master’s and education specialist degrees from Jacksonville State. He and his wife Ashley have two sons, Jay and Ty, and a daughter, Jesse.

“I am excited, but also humbled, about coming back to Carrollton,” said King. “During my six years here I quickly learned it is a special place. This is where Ashley and I want our children to grow up. As the saying goes, ‘There is nothing like being a Carrollton Trojan’ and we couldn’t be happier.”



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

Divisional round games from Sunday:

  • AFC Divisional: Chiefs hang on to beat Browns, 22-17.
  • NFC Divisional: Tampa Bay 30, Saints, 20.

Championship round:

  • NFC Championship: Green Bay Packers vs. Tampa Bay Bucs, 3:05 p.m. Sunday, Fox.
  • AFC Championship: Buffalo Bills vs.Kansas City Chiefs, 6:40 p.m. Sunday, CBS.

Super Bowl, Sunday, Feb. 7.

On CBS. From Tampa. 6:30 p.m.

Atlanta Falcons: A veteran defensive coordinator may be joining Arthur Smith’s coaching staff in Atlanta, according to multiple reports. Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported that he “continues to hear” that Dean Pees, a longtime defensive coach who has been a part of two Super Bowl-winning defenses in his career, “will be joining Smith’s new staff in Atlanta in some capacity.” Later in the day, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network also reported that Pees “could come on” and join Smith’s coaching staff. The Falcons and Smith agreed to terms on Friday for Smith to be the next head coach here in Atlanta. On Saturday, the two sides made it official with Smith officially signing his contract. Pees, 71, and Smith coached together in Tennessee under head coach Mike Vrabel. From 2018-19, Pees was the Titans defensive coordinator while Smith has served as the offensive coordinator the last two seasons. Pees retired in January of 2020 after the 2019 season.

Former Berry Viking Mason Kinsey back with Tennessee Titans. From Sports Illustrated: Mason Kinsey plans to go back to the start in his pursuit of an NFL career. The wide receiver prospect out of Division III Berry College signed a futures contract with the Tennessee Titans on Friday, which means he will be with them through offseason activities and training for the second consecutive year. Kinsey posted photos of him as he signed the contract. “Thankful to be back and (a part) of something great,” Kinsey wrote on Instagram. “Year 2 coming up.” Kinsey became the first player from Berry to get an NFL shot when he signed with Tennessee in 2020, following a record-setting college career. He was with the Titans throughout the offseason and preseason but was released when NFL rosters were reduced to 53 players. He has yet to appear in a regular-season game, but he continues to get chances to prove himself. The New England Patriots signed him to their practice squad three days after the Titans released him. The Patriots released him twice, the second in mid-November, but he spent roughly half the season as a member of their practice squad. Futures contracts do not go into effect until the start of the new league year in March.


Another round of COVID cancellations at Shorter: The men’s basketball team couldn’t play four games in December and this past week, the women’s team had to postpone two games, citing virus protocol.

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


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

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.


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

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