Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: High school football scores. Rome Braves fall 7-1 to Crawdads. Atlanta Braves fall 6-5 in 11 innings. Berry faces no. 2 team in the nation today; Shorter also on the road. Falcons at Bucs on Sunday.

Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: High school football scores. Rome Braves fall 7-1 to Crawdads. Atlanta Braves fall 6-5 in 11 innings. Berry faces no. 2 team in the nation today; Shorter also on the road. Falcons at Bucs on Sunday.

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HIGH SCHOOL
Scores:
  • South Paulding 34, Rome 32.
  • Darlington 28, Heritage 7.
  • Pepperell 24, Temple 20.
  • Armuchee 24, SE Whitfield 14.
  • Unity Christian School 66, Praise Academy 6.
  • Cartersville 24, Cherokee, 14.
  • Cass 30, Ridgeland 6.
  • Woodland falls 51-20 to Chamblee
  • Calhoun 56-16 over Woodstock.
  • Rockmart 50, Sonoraville 28.
  • Gordon Lee, 43, Gordon Central, 7.
  • Cedartown 42-0 over Heard County
  • Trion 49, Cedar Bluff, 0.
  • Chattooga 49, Heritage of Newnan, 38..
  • Off this week: Adairsville, Coosa, Model.
John McClellan’s high school picks: How did John pick’em Friday night? McClellan.

BASEBALL
Number 9 Vaughn Grissom slides safely into second. Photo by Mills Fitzner. For more from the game, please click Gallery.

 

Rome Braves hit hard, fall 7-1 to Crawdads.  Media release: The High-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers, the Hickory Crawdads (46-68), defeated the Rome Braves (56-60) 7-1 on Friday evening at State Mutual Stadium. The Braves have a 2-1 lead in the series against the Crawdads.

Hickory scored the first run of the game in the top of the first after Jonathan Ornelas hit a solo home run to left field.
Hickory added on five additional runs in the top of fourth. This made the score 6-0 Hickory.
The R-Braves scored their only run of the game in the home half of the fourth after Michael Harris II grounded out to score Shean Michel.
The Crawdads plated the game’s final run in the top of the ninth.
Michel went 1-for-3 with a run scored and a walk. Riley Delgado went 2-for-4, and Vaughn Grissom went for 1-for-2 with a walk.
Jake McSteen (L, 2-5) got the start for Rome and tossed 3.2 innings, gave up six hits, two earned runs and struck out four. Coleman Huntley III tossed 2.1 innings in relief, gave up two hits and struck out four.
  • What’s next:  Tonight and Sunday vs. Hickory. Season ends.
  • Rome Braves release 2022 season schedule, including April 8 start and home for Independence Day. Expanded release.
  • Roster moves:  

The Atlanta Braves rally but lose it in the 11th, 6-5. Media release: There are a lot of ways to describe the downright lunacy of what occurred on Friday night at Oracle Park, but Braves manager Brian Snitker summarized it succinctly.

“Maybe the best win of the year turned into the toughest loss,” Snitker said.

On an evening in which both teams traded home runs in the ninth, the intentional walk became Snitker’s extra-innings tool of choice. Kevin Gausman, a pitcher, hit the game-winning, walk-off sacrifice fly and the Braves fell to the Giants 6-5 in 11 innings. It was, in short, a loss that was equal parts bizarre and brutal.

“It definitely hurts,” said starter Ian Anderson, who allowed a career-high three home runs, with seven strikeouts, in 5 2/3 innings.

  • What’s next: At Giants through Sunday.
  • Roster:
 

ATLANTA FALCONS

  • Roster: Falconshave re-signed Elliott Fry to the practice squad and released Danny Isidora from the practice squad.
  • Sunday: At Tampa Bay, 4:05 p.m.  Fox TV, 92.9 FM.
  • Next:  Sept. 26 at New York Giants, 1 p.m  Sunday. Fox TV, 92.9 FM.
  • Falcons’ 2021 schedule.
  • Trevor Lawrence and the Jaguars. Jacksonville
  • Nick Chubb and the Browns, 33-29. Cleveland

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Berry Vikings face no. 2 Wisconsin-Whitewater today:  Late last spring, Berry head football coach Tony Kunczewski was looking for a team to fill an open date he had on his 2021 fall schedule.
He not only found one but he found an opponent that can very easily be regarded as the toughest regular-season the Vikings have ever face – the No. 2-ranked Wisconsin-Whitewater Warhawks, the six-time NCAA Division III national champions who is perennially considered a favorite to add to their long list laurels.
The showdown has arrived when Berry, ranked No. 25 in the poll, takes the field in Whitewater’s 13,000-seat Perkins Stadium in Wisconsin on Saturday for a 1 p.m. kick-off in a game that will give the Vikings and Kunczewski the kind of challenge they want.
“We want to challenge ourselves, and in this game we will get a challenge,” the coach said as his team enters its third and final non-conference game with a 2-0 record. “Our mindset is that if you want to move the needle, and in this game you get to see what one of the best in the country is like.
“In order to grow, you’ve got to challenge yourself.”
The Vikings enter the game coming off a 34-21 road win a week ago topped LaGrange in a game that saw Berry break out to an impressive 31-0 halftime lead.
Highlighting the win offensively was an impressive ground game Berry put together, with three freshmen serving notice that they are ballcarriers to be wary of as the Vikings rolled up 301 rushing yards. Brandon Cade led the charge for Berry leading all ballcarriers with 96 yards on nine carries and scored a touchdown; Jackson Clouatre another 58 yards on just nine carries; and Josh Rogers rushed for 57 yards on eight carries and had a TD.
Junior quarterback Gavin Gray continued be a threat passing the ball as he completed 9 of 15 passes for 96 yards and a TD.
Defensively, the Vikings all but shut down LaGrange’s run game, giving up just 57 rushing yards while allowing under 200 passing yards.
“We saw a lot if improvement in all phases. We did a good job running the ball, cleared up thing on special teams and the defense continued to look good,” said Kunczewski, who pointed out the effort by Cade and Rogers and the holes opened up for them by the offensive line, the continuing output by linebacker Brock Skinner, and the improved outing by the special teams and punter/kicker Matthew Syverson.
This week, however, an even better performance in every facet of the game is required of the Vikings against the Warhawks, who solidified their lofty ranking last week when they handled then-No. 8 ranked Salisbury (Md.) with a 31-14 road win.
Leading Whitewater, which has appeared in 17 consecutive Division II playoffs, is senior quarterback Max Meylor, who last week completed 16 of 23 passes for 227 yards and four touchdowns, with his main target being senior wide receiver Ryan Wisneiwski, who caught five passes for 129 yards and two touchdowns. In the backfield for the Warhawks last week, senior Alex Peete had 18 carries for 86 yards and also had a TD catch
In its two games, Whitewater is averaging more than 38 points a game and a hefty 420 yards on offense, while its defense is allowing just 179 yards per game.
“Coach (Kevin) Bullis and his staff are very good,” Kunczewski said. “I have a lot of respect for him and their program.
“When you get to that level, there are no weaknesses,” he said. “The defense flies all over the field and they’re quick on offense and defense. They’re very talented, but extremely disciplined.”
“It’s one thing to get to the top; it’s another thing to stay at the top.”

  • At Wisconsin-Whitewater, 1 p.m. today.  Watch / Live stats
  • Next: Oct. 2, home vs. Trinity, 6 p.m.
  •  At Clark-Atlanta, 11 a.m. today.
  • Next: Sept. 25, home vs. West Georgia, 1 p.m.

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.
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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