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.
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.
POLL ALERT: Oregon, Iowa jump in AP Top 25 following losses by Ohio State, Iowa State; Arkansas has first ranking since '16.
— AP Top 25 (@AP_Top25) September 12, 2021
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.
- Next: At Clark-Atlanta, 11 a.m. Saturday.
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.
- What’s next: In Asheville today. Listen live here. Final home series begins Tuesday vs. Hickory (seven games).
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.
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.
- 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
- Hole Sponsor – $150
- Team Entry – $300
- Team & Hole Sponsor – $400
- Event Sponsor – $500 (Limited available)
- Presenting Sponsor – $2,500 (One available)