Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: Friday night’s football — Rome falls 34-0 to Collins Hill; Darlington wins; fourth-quarter rally for Cartersville. Berry, Shorter on the road today. Rome Braves fall 8-2. Atlanta Braves stop Marlins, 6-2. Community: Half-off registration week for Power Dash 5K and fun walk.
Truett’s Chick-fli-A, 264 Shorter Ave., 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Self-serve, drive-through, curbside, Door Dash.
Mount Berry Mall, 7 a.m. curbside breakfast; 9 a.m. inside; open until 8:30 p.m. Shipping Container, 6 a.m.-10 p.m. All Monday-Saturday.
Friday night’s final scores:
- Collins Hill shuts out Rome, 34-0.
- Darlington 20, Heard County 7.
- Model pounded by Haralson County, 43-0.
- Pickens all over Coosa, 34-10.
- Cartersville gets a comeback win over Creekside, 17-14.
- Adairsville 55-13 over Murray County
- Cass 20, Temple 7.
- North Springs 13, Woodland 9.
- Calhoun dominates Ridgeland, 56-7.
- New Manchester no match for Cedartown, 35-7.
- Rockmart 42-7 over Coahulla Creek.
- Chattooga falls 28-7 to Northwest Whitfield
- Trion 37-6 over Howard School of Chattanooga
- Off this week: Armuchee, Gordon Central, Pepperell, Sonoraville and Unity Christian.
John McClellan’s high school picks
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Rome Braves roughed up, 8-2, by Tourists. Media release: The Asheville Tourists displayed an impressive, combined effort of pitching, hitting, and defense in their 8-2 victory over the Rome Braves on Friday night. Wilyer Abreu, Yainer Diaz, and Shay Whitcomb all hit Home Runs for Asheville while starting pitcher Alfredi Jimenez dominated over his six innings of work.
The Braves plated an unearned run in the top of the second inning to take a 1-0 lead. That came after Rome rallied for three hits in the top of the first. Asheville’s defense showed up right out of the gate with a relay from centerfield to home plate to cut down a run and C.J. Stubbs hosed a runner attempting to steal second.The Tourists tied the score 1-1 in the bottom of the second when Diaz launched a single high off the centerfield wall. Traffic on the base paths kept Diaz from stretching it into a double; however, Stubbs raced home to score on the base hit. Abreu cleared the bases with a three-run Home Run to right field that gave Asheville a 4-1 lead after two.Rome managed to score a run in the top of the third with a two-out rally, but it would be the last run the Braves would receive. Jimenez retired the next ten batters in a row. Chandler Casey sat down the next five Rome hitters over the course of two scoreless relief innings. Ray Gaither sealed the win with a shutdown ninth.Offensively, Diaz and Whitcomb provided some additional cushion. Diaz hit a solo Home Run in the fourth and Whitcomb crushed a two-run blast in the fifth. Luis Guerrero, who finished with a team-high three hits, plated a run in the eighth inning to cap the scoring.
- What’s next: In Asheville today through Sunday. Listen live here. Final home series begins Sept. 14 vs. Hickory (seven games).
The Atlanta Braves 6-2 winners over Marlins. Media release: Jorge Soler isn’t dynamic enough to draw comparisons to Ronald Acuña Jr. But the power-hitting outfielder has certainly been talented enough to capably help fill the void created by Acuña’s season-ending knee injury.
Soler has spent the past five weeks enjoying a power surge that rivals the one that carried him to a 48-homer season for the Royals in 2019. But he has also shown the knack to deliver the timely hit, like he did with a key single during the five-run fifth that carried the Braves to a 6-2 win over the Marlins on Friday night at Truist Park.
In the process, Soler has rewarded the Braves for not primarily using him as a right-handed pinch-hitter since being acquired from the Royals at the Trade Deadline.
“We talked to the guys from Kansas City and they were the ones who were like, ‘He’s swinging the bat pretty good, you probably ought to get him in [the lineup],’” manager Brian Snitker said. “I’m sure glad we did. He’s had some huge hits and some really good at-bats.”
- What’s next: Marlins in town tonight through Sunday.
- Roster: The #Braves recalled C William Contreras from Triple-A Gwinnett and placed C Stephen Vogt on the 10-day injured list with right hip inflammation.
Media release: Fresh from winning their season opener, the Berry Vikings hit the road for the first time this season to face LaGrange College in a non-conference game.
And despite seeing his football team open the schedule rallying for a 20-14 victory last week over Maryville, head coach Tony Kunczewski knows that the Vikes will have their work cut out for them against the non-conference foe Panthers.
“We have a lot of work to do,” Kunczewski said looking back at what he saw coming off the season-opening win. “The best thing is that we got to learn from a win instead of a loss.”
Against the Scots, Berry overcame a 14-7 halftime deficit with a much better second-half performance on both sides of the ball, particularly on defense where the Vikings yielded just Defense gave up 169 total yards – 28 on the ground – for the game and only 49 in the final 30 minutes.
Brock Skinner headed up the Viking defense leading the team with eight tackles and two sacks – Berry ended the night recording seven sacks – while Elohim Hull added six tackles.
“I was pleased with how (the defense) played,” Kunczewski said. “What stood out was up front and we need to take advantage of that this week,”
Offensive against the Scots, Berry ended the game rolling up 254 yards, 125 of those on the ground and 158 through the air.
Gavin Gray led the team completing 14 of 23 passes for 158 yards and one touchdown, while running back Brandon Cade rushed for 66 yards and a touchdown, and earned a start in the backfield this week.
Kunczewski pointed out that the unit is still finding its niche under a new offensive coordinator – Colin Duling – and the offensive line that has had to overcome preseason setbacks in one form or another needs “more time to jell.”
“A lot of it had to do with Mayville,” Kunczewski said. “Their defense is really senior heavy, and their head coach knows about what we do.”
Against LaGrange, Berry will find itself facing a team that, although is coming off a 42-17 loss last week to Southern Athletic Conference member Birmingham Southern, is not to be overlooked.
“They’re big and fast, but they’re really young,” Kunczewski said about the Panthers. “It’s a highly athletic team.
- Next: At Albany State, 7 p.m. today
Time is running out to register for this year’s POWERADE Power Dash 5K and Glow Walk but everyone is in luck as half-off week has arrived. If you haven’t registered, now is the perfect time because walkers can now register for $10 and runners can now register for $12.50. Registration is happening now at runsignup.com or at 1 Shorter Ave.
The race and glow walk are set for Saturday, Sept. 25 at Ridge Ferry Park with the 5K beginning at approximately 7:15 p.m. followed by the glow walk at 7:35 p.m. The race and walk will both have measures in place to mitigate the spread of COVID.
The event also features a flat, fast course that serves as Peachtree qualifier along with the added fun of lots of lights and glowing arches marking the trails and cool age group awards along with plenty of ice cold POWERADE and water at the finish.
Regular registration ends Sunday, Sept. 19 at 11 p.m. Packet pick-up and late registration is set for Thursday, Sept. 23 and Friday, Sept. 24 from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Parks and Recreation headquarters at 1 Shorter Ave. For more information, visit rfpra.com/powerdash.
- 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 Walk. The 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, www.habitatcoosavalley.org
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 rfpra.com.