Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: Late high school rankings. Berry Vikings win 34-21 over LaGrange. Shorter Hawks fall to Rams. Rome Braves hammered, 15-3. Atlanta Braves clipped 6-4 by Marlins. Atlanta Falcons host Eagles to start NFL season today.

Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: Late high school rankings. Berry Vikings win 34-21 over LaGrange. Shorter Hawks fall to Rams. Rome Braves hammered, 15-3. Atlanta Braves clipped 6-4 by Marlins. Atlanta Falcons host Eagles to start NFL season today.

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.


HIGH SCHOOLS

AJC weekly high school rankings (through Sept. 10)

  • 6A: Rome falls to no. 8 after loss to Collins Hill.
  • 5A: Cartersville rises two spots to no. 3 after Friday’s huge win; Calhoun up a notch to no. 7.
  • 4A: Cedartown holds at no. 6.
  • A private: Darlington at no. 10 after big win over Heard County.
  • John McClellan’s high school picks post Monday morning.
Saturday afternoon from Athens at Georgia hosted UAB, cruising to a 56-7 win. Photo by Jack Druckenmiller. Game details below.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Berry Vikings get 34-21 win against LaGrange on Saturday. Media release: Thanks to a solid run game, one that rolled up 301 yards on the ground, Berry improved to 2-0 with a 34-21 non-conference win over host LaGrange.
Berry, which now turned its attention to a road showdown next week at No. 2-ranked Wisconsin-Whitewater, ended the day compiling 443 yards in total offense as the Vikes broke out to a 31-0 halftime lead and never looked back.
Freshman running back Gavin Gray led the rushing charge for Berry leading all ballcarriers with 96 yards on nine carries and scored a touchdown. Jackson Clouatre added another 58 yards on just nine carries, and Josh Rogers rushed for 57 yards on eight carries and had a TD.
Quarterback Gavin Gray opened the scoring hitting Carmeron Kawa with a 29-yard scoring pass, while Hunter Kautz also ran for a touchdown.
Matthew Syverson added his foot to the scoring surge hitting a 32-yard field goal and converting all four extra points, while Chris Rivera also connected on a 23-yard FG.
Berry’s defense shut down LaGrange’s ground game giving up just 53 rushing yards.

  • Next: At Wisconsin-Whitewater, 1 p.m. Saturday.
Shorter Hawks fall 28-12 to Albany State late Saturday.
  • Next: At Clark-Atlanta, 11 a.m. Saturday.

State teams:

Georgia Bulldogs drill UAB, 56-7; move to 2-0 on the season. Media release: Quarterback Stetson Bennett IV completed his first five passes, for 245 yards and four touchdowns, and the No. 2-ranked Georgia football team was rolling early Saturday in the Bulldogs’ 56-7 win over UAB at Sanford Stadium.

Georgia’s return to Dooley Field for the first time since Nov. 21, 2020, was about as triumphant as it could get. Saturday’s home opener was at full capacity and there was much to cheer about from the very outset.

Bennett, the redshirt senior starting for the sixth time in his career, in place of junior JT Daniels, completed a 73-yard touchdown pass on the second play from scrimmage. He hit wide-open sophomore wide receiver Jermaine Burton on the strike, setting the tone for the day. Four minutes later, after a stop by the Georgia (2-0) defense, Bennett connected with junior running back Kenny McIntosh for a 12-yard score and a 14-0 lead with 10:17 left in the first quarter.

Bennett finished the game 9 of 11 passing for 279 yards, with TD throws of 73, 12, 88, 61 and 9 yards. The five-touchdown game by Bennett, all coming in the first half, tied him with five others for the school record for touchdown passes in a game.

  • Next: Home vs. South Carolina, 7 p.m. Saturday, SEC.
  • SEC Schedule

Georgia Tech gets first win of the year, 45-17,  over Kennesaw State. Media release:  Jordan Yates  set a Georgia Tech record with four touchdown passes in his first-career start, while the Yellow Jackets’ defense limited the option offense of Kennesaw State to 272 yards in a 45-17 victory on Saturday afternoon at Bobby Dodd Stadium.

Tech, which built a 35-point lead and gave up just a field goal through three-and-a-half quarters, evened its record at 1-1, while the Owls dropped to 1-1.

Yates, who completed 17-of-23 passes for 254 yards, became the first Yellow Jacket to ever throw for four touchdowns in the first start of his collegiate career. His four TD passes also tied for the third-most ever in Georgia Tech history, just one shy of the single-game school record shared by Eddie McAshan (1972 vs. Rice) and Joe Hamilton (1999 vs. Clemson).

  • Next: At Clemson, 3:30 p.m. Saturday, ABC or ESPN.
  • ACC Schedule.

Jacksonville State stuns Seminoles — in Tallahassee: Hail Mary. Walk-off Touchdown. The Tallahassee Miracle.

Call it what you wish. Jacksonville State shocked the college football world late Saturday when senior quarterback Zerrick Cooper, down to the final play against Florida State, connected with Damond Philyaw-Johnson for a miraculous 59-yard touchdown with all zeroes on the clock to lift the Gamecocks to a stunning 20-17 victory at Doak Campbell Stadium.

“You’ve got to play at a certain level execution-wise in these type games and we did that night,” said Jacksonville State head coach John Grass as players and coaches celebrated around him. “We missed a chance to score on the same play before. Damond was open and we missed him and we decided to do it again.

“He beat his man, Zerrick made a perfect throw, he made a great cut down there and Ahmad (Edwards) made a big block and got him in the end zone.”

Philyaw-Johnson was mobbed by his teammates in the corner of the end zone as the stunned pro-FSU crowd of 60,198 looked on. The celebration continued on Bobby Bowden Field well after midnight as the Marching Southerners and JSU fans who made the trip cheered their Gamecocks.

It took less than 20 minutes against Florida State for Cooper to etch his name in Jacksonville State’s record book as the school’s all-time leading passer.

For the second time in 11 months, the Gamecocks took the fight to the Seminoles of the Atlantic Coast Conference and led early. This time, however, Jacksonville State fought back and pulled out in its second straight game against an FBS opponent.


BASEBALL
Rome Braves hammered by Tourists, 15-3. Media release: The Asheville Tourists bested the Rome Braves by a final score of 15-3 on Saturday night. The Tourists hit five Home Runs and added seven doubles to the offensive outpouring. The victory upped Asheville’s home record on the season to 30-27 which clinches a winning record at McCormick Field. The Tourists have only one home game remaining.
The barrage began in the bottom of the first inning. Freudis NovaShay Whitcomb, and Yainer Diaz all doubled and the Tourists led 2-0. The Braves knotted the score at 2-2 in the second; however, Asheville’s offense took off again in the third. Whitcomb hit an RBI single to give the Tourists a 3-2 lead. Diaz and Deury Carrasco then hit back-to-back Home Runs to put Asheville on top 6-2.The Braves scored one in the top of the fourth inning but Alex Holderbach and Luis Guerrero opened the bottom of the fourth with another set of back-to-back Home Runs. C.J. Stubbs joined the party later in the inning with a two-run bomb to deep centerfield.Asheville tacked on five more runs in the bottom of the eighth inning that included a Whitcomb sacrifice fly and a Stubbs two-run double. Wilyer Abreu and Zach Daniels combined to hit three doubles and score four runs. All nine Tourists players had at least one extra-base hit.The pitching trio of Juan Pablo LopezDiosmerky Taveras, and Derek West held the Braves to a total of five hits. The three combined to strike out 11 batters and Lopez earned his team-leading sixth win of the season.

Roster moves:  


The Atlanta Braves clipped 6-4 by Marlins. Media release:  Charlie Morton was a part of a few postseason chases in Pittsburgh, and now he has spent the past four seasons helping both the Astros and Rays make deep pushes into October. This has become a special time of year for the veteran who provides the Braves with hope to make another deep playoff run.

Morton gave the Braves a chance to strengthen their NL East lead. But Richard Rodríguez extended his recent woes when he allowed back-to-back homers in the eighth inning of a 6-4 loss to the Marlins on Saturday night at Truist Park.

Bryan De La Cruz and Jesus Sánchez accounted for the consecutive homers hit against Rodríguez, who has allowed a home run in four of his past eight appearances, including each of his past three. This latest worrisome outing dropped the Braves division lead to 3 1/2 games over the second-place Phillies with 21 games remaining.

  • What’s next:  Marlins in town today. Off Monday; host Rockies Tuesday-Thursday.
  • Roster:



COMMUNITY SPORTS
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 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, 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.

 

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