Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: Latest high school rankings. 4th straight win for Rome Braves. Berry rallies, downs Maryville 20-14. Shorter opens with 38-14 win over Brevard. Georgia over Clemson, 10-3. N. Illinois stuns Tech. Atlanta Braves fall 7-6.

Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: Latest high school rankings. 4th straight win for Rome Braves. Berry rallies, downs Maryville 20-14. Shorter opens with 38-14 win over Brevard. Georgia over Clemson, 10-3. N. Illinois stuns Tech. Atlanta Braves fall 7-6.

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AJC weekly high school rankings (through Sept. 3)

  • 6A: Rome rises two spots to no. 4.
  • 5A: Cartersville holds at no. 5; Calhoun steady at no. 8.
  • 4A: Cedartown, no. 6.

Pregame at the Georgia vs. Clemson season-opener in Charlotte. Photo by Jack Druckenmiller/Hometown. Game details below.




Rome Braves take fourth consecutive game vs. Winston-Salem. Final score: 7-3; series finale today.  Media release: The Rome Braves (50-56) defeated the High-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox, the Winston-Salem Dash (39-67), 7-3 on Saturday at State Mutual Stadium behind a solid start from starting pitcher Jake McSteen and another strong night at the plate.

Rome scored the first run in the bottom of the first after Drew Campbell doubled to left to score Cody Milligan.
The Braves later plated three more runs in the home half of the third. Campbell singled and then advanced to second on the throw to score Riley Delgado. Vaughn Grissom then singled to drive in Campbell and Milligan. This made the score 4-0 Braves.
Rome plated two additional runs in the next two innings. In the fourth, Milligan reached base on a fielder’s choice and this scored Rusber Estrada. Jesse Franklin V then hit his 23rd home run of the season in the home half of the fifth.
Delgado scored the final run of the game for the Braves in the bottom of the eighth after he singled to score Beau Philip.
The Dash plated all three of their runs in the top of the ninth. After giving up four straight hits that scored the three runs, Emmanuel Ramirez struck out three in a row to end the game.
Franklin V went 2-for-4 and had a home run, and Delgado went 3-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI.
McSteen got the start for Rome and tossed seven innings, gave up four hits, no runs and struck out six.
  • What’s next:   At home today vs. Winston-Salem; off Monday. In Asheville Tuesday through Sept. 12.
  • Roster moves:  None.

The Atlanta Braves fall 7-6 to Rockies. Media release: Until Saturday night, only one team in Major League history had each of its starting infielders hit 25 or more home runs in the same season. That was the 2008 Marlins, for whom Mike Jacobs (32), Dan Uggla (32), Hanley Ramirez (33) and Jorge Cantu (29) accomplished the feat.

That group has company after Ozzie Albies launched his career-high 25th home run of the season in the Braves’ 7-6 loss to the Rockies at Coors Field. The solo homer into Atlanta’s bullpen beyond the right-center-field wall in the third inning cemented the 2021 Braves in the history books.

Albies joined Freddie Freeman (28 homers), Austin Riley (28) and Dansby Swanson (26) in the 25-homer club. Although he’s out for the season due to injury, Ronald Acuña Jr. is the Braves’ fifth hitter with more than 20 homers (24). Adam Duvall has 30 homers on the season, but 22 of those came with the Marlins. Jorge Soler has 22, of which 13 came with the Royals.

Manager Brian Snitker didn’t realize that 25 was the magic number to make history, adding postgame that he thinks there’s more coming.

“I’ll be honest with you,” Snitker said. “I was kinda more thinking that this was gonna be the first infield to have four guys hit 30. I thought that was what they were shooting for.”

  • What’s next:  At  Rockies today. Off Monday; host Nationals Tuesday-Thursday.
  • Roster: None.


Saturday’s scores.

Berry Vikings: Down 14-7, Vikings storm back for 20-14 win over Maryville to start the 2021 season. It took 30 minutes for the Berry Vikings to look more like themselves.

    Coming off their fifth straight conference championship in a shortened 2021 spring season, the No. 8-ranked Berry College Vikings began the new fall season rallying from a halftime deficit by using a strong second half performance to defeat non-conference foe Maryville 20-14 Saturday night at Valhalla Stadium.

    The first quarter started out slow offensively for both teams, until Kristofer Hawkins recovered a fumble to give the Vikings a hint of momentum at the midway mark of the opening quarter. Less than a minute later, Gavin Gray found Jake Bretz for a 23-yard touchdown giving the first lead of the game.

But the Scotts soon answered with quarterback Nelson Smith hit Mykel Santos for a 16-yard touchdown pass to tie the game. With less than two minutes to go in the first quarter, Berry punter Noah Syverson lost the handle on a snap that was taken advantage of by the Scotts and gave the visitors the ball on Berry’s 5. The Scotts cashed in when Smith took it into the end zone on a 5-yardtouchdown giving Maryville the 14-7 lead that held at the half.

     When the second half began, the Vikings’ special teams quickly set the tone with a blocked punt by Kristofer Thomas, setting up Berry at the Maryville 15 and with 10:05 left in the period freshman running back Brandon Cade scored  his first touchdown as a Viking from four-yeards out and Syverson’s extra point tied the game.

The Viking defense then stepped up and shut the Scots down the rest of the way, and with 4:18 remaining in the third period Syverson gave Berry the lead when he connected on a 33-yard field goal.

Syverson closed out the scoring with 10:09 left in the game splitting the uprights again, this time from 28 yards out.

Shorter Hawks  open the 2021 football season with a 38-14 win over Brevard College.  Media release: The Shorter Hawks kicked off the 2021 football season on Saturday at Barron Stadium and soundly defeated NCAA Division III Brevard College 38-14.Hawks running back Jaiden Dollard exploded for three touchdowns on the ground in the game, while quarterback Aeneas Dennis hurt the visiting Tornados with both his arm and with his legs, as he went 22-of-27 passing for 226 yards and a touchdown and ran for 47 more yards.

The Hawks opened the scoring midway through the opening quarter when Dollard took a handoff and rushed for a 14-yard touchdown. Dollard added another score minutes later (2-yard run), and teammate Nick Pope later nailed a 29-yard field goal to give Shorter a 17-0 lead with 6:05 left in the first half, which ended up being the scoreline heading into the locker room.

Dollard found the end zone again early in the third quarter (3-yard run), and then Dennis hit Dorian Anderson for a 6-yard score. The final score for the Hawks came with 6:39 left in the fourth as Shorter defender Hunter Hodson recovered a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown.

Brevard (0-1) added two touchdowns to make the final score more palatable as Dalton Cole rushed for a 2-yard score and caught a touchdown pass from teammate Cedric Brooks with 52 seconds left in the game to make the score 38-14. Brooks also led Brevard in receiving with 134 yards on nine catches. Shorter’s Kyle Morlock made the most of his two catches by leading the Hawks in receiving yardage with 85.

One of the biggest bright spots of the game was the play of the Shorter defense, as the unit only allowed 14 total points, including the aforementioned garbage-time touchdown. The defense also snagged three takeaways – two interceptions by Brenton Silvar and Noah Holland (respectively) and the fumble recovery by Hodson. Hodson and teammate Tim Walker led the Hawks in tackles with six apiece.

Shorter (1-0) will be back in

Saturday’s other games:

  • Georgia Bulldogs claw past Tigers, 10-3. Clemson,The fifth-ranked Georgia Bulldogs opened their 2021 season with a 10-3 victory over the second-ranked Clemson Tigers in front of 74,187 fans at Bank of America Stadium and an ABC nationally televised audience on Saturday evening.With the victory, Georgia improved to 98-27-3 in season openers, including 6-0 under head coach Kirby Smart. The Bulldogs increased their series advantage over the Tigers to a 43-18-4 margin. The win marked the end of Clemson’s 10-game win streak against SEC opponents in the regular season dating back to 2014.”These kids man… You have to understand, they go for so long. 20-30 hours a week grinding for this 15 minutes of joy,” said Smart. “That joy in the locker room right now is so pure. They love it and they love each other. This is a special team, and they fought their tail off.”Redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Daniels began his second season under center for the Bulldogs (1-0) with a 22-of-30 passing performance for 135 yards. As a team, the Bulldogs ran for 121 yards on 31 attempts. Junior tailback Zamir White led the Bulldogs with 74 yards rushing. True freshman tight end Brock Bowers led the team in receiving yards with six catches for 43 yards.
  • Darlington’s Tate Ratledge, starting for Georgia, injured early in the first quarter.
  • Next: Home vs. UAB, 3:30 p.m. Sept. 11. ESPN2.
  • SEC Schedule


  • Georgia Tech stunned by Northern Illinois, 22-21: Backup quarterback Jordan Yates led Georgia Tech back from an early two-touchdown deficit and put the Yellow Jackets ahead with a rushing TD midway through the fourth period, but Northern Illinois put together a last-gasp 80-yard drive for a touchdown and a two-point conversion with 38 seconds left to capture a 22-21 victory Saturday night at Bobby Dodd Stadium.Tech had a decided statistical advantage in the game, out-gaining NIU in total yards, 429 to 301, ran 78 offensive played to the Huskies’ 59, and amassed 273 yards on the ground. Jahmyr Gibbs accounted for 99 yards on 20 carries, while Jordan Mason picked up 96 yards on 15 attempts.After Tech fell behind 14-0 early in the second quarter, Yates came on to lead the Yellow Jackets 97 yards in 17 plays, putting the Jackets on the board with a 22-yard pass to Kyric McGowan with 47 seconds to play in the half. In the third quarter, he moved Tech 77 yards on just five plays in 2:23 for the game-tying score, with Dontae Smith covering the final 15 yards on the ground for the TD.A Northern Illinois fumble midway through the final period set Tech up at the Huskies’ 25-yard line, and the Yellow Jackets struck quickly for the go-ahead score on a 4-yard rush by Yates, giving Tech a 21-14 lead.
  • Next: Home vs. Kennesaw State, noon, Sports South.
  • ACC Schedule.

  • Later today: Weekly high school rankings.
  • Coming Monday: John McClellan’s high school football picks for the weekend ahead.


Sept. 25: Power Dash returns. Pull out your cape, mask, best superhero pose and of course your running or walking shoes, grab some glowing bracelets and necklaces and get ready for the 2021 edition of the POWERADE Power Dash 5K and Glow WalkThe race returns to Ridge Ferry Park on Saturday, Sept. 25, with a new twist. This year, the race and walk begin later in the evening and the course will feature lots of glowing goodness turning the event into a fun glowtastic run and walk. Expanded details
Oct. 4: Habitat for Humanity – Coosa Valley will host the second annual Drive One FORE Habitat golf tournament in celebration of World Habitat Day on Monday, Oct. 4. The tournament will be held at Stonebridge Golf Club and registration is open and sponsor opportunities are still available to local businesses.
  • Hole Sponsor – $150
  • Team Entry – $300
  • Team & Hole Sponsor – $400
  • Event Sponsor – $500 (Limited available)
  • Presenting Sponsor – $2,500 (One available)
All proceeds go toward our current home builds in South and North Rome. With your support, families can build strength, stability and independence with Habitat for Humanity by building a safe and secure place to call home. For more information, check out our website, or call 706.378.0030.
Oct. 8: From Rome Floyd Parks and Recreation: A long-standing golf tradition returns to the links at Stonebridge Golf Course on Friday, Oct. 8 as the Willard Nixon Sports Hall of Fame Golf Tournament sponsored by Rome Orthopedic Center tees off.
The event features a four-man scramble with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Team entry fees are $325. The fee covers all greens fees, cart fees, range balls and a pre-event lunch. All money raised from the golf tournament goes to help fund the ROC Pinson Family Student Athlete Scholarship. These scholarships recognize college-bound male and female seniors from seven local schools that have excelled in athletics, academics and public service during their school career. Along with team fees, hole sponsorships are being offered for $100 per hole.
This event also features several golfers who are members of the Rome-Floyd Sports Hall of Fame, allowing others the chance to see and talk to some local sports legends. The scholarship has helped distribute more than $20,000 in scholarship money to local students for more than 20 years.
For more information or to download the entry form, please visit


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