Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: Shorter hammered by West Georgia. Latest high school rankings. Atlanta Braves get ‘gutsy’ win. Georgia waltzes by Vandy; Tech dominates North Carolina. Falcons at Giants this afternoon.

Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: Shorter hammered by West Georgia. Latest high school rankings. Atlanta Braves get ‘gutsy’ win. Georgia waltzes by Vandy; Tech dominates North Carolina. Falcons at Giants this afternoon.

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.

A Tennessee waltz for the Georgia Bulldogs as Vanderbilt crumbles, 62-0. Photo by Jack Druckenmiller/Hometown. More college updates below.

 

BASEBALL

The Atlanta Braves win, magic number now 7.  Media release: Still riding the high created by the game-tying homer and game-winning single he produced in a 10-8 victory over the Padres on Saturday night, Braves outfielder Jorge Soler was introduced to a new level of postgame enthusiasm as he made his way toward the visitors’ clubhouse at Petco Park.

“The energy was sky high, like I’ve never seen it before,” Soler said through an interpreter. “We were working our way back to the clubhouse, and people were hooting and hollering and screaming. It was a big win.”

• Box score

Every win is big this time of year for a postseason contender like the Braves, who maintained their National League East lead at 1 1/2 games and cut the magic number to clinch the division to seven. But this may indeed have been Atlanta’s biggest win to date, simply because the team was one out away from it possibly being an influential loss.

“That might have been one of the guttiest games I’ve ever seen a team play,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “It kind of defines who these guys are and what they’re all about.”

  • Next:  At Padres today, off Monday; home vs. Phillies Tuesday through Thursday.
  • Roster: The #Braves reinstated RHP Edgar Santana from the paternity list and optioned LHP Dylan Lee to Triple-A Gwinnett.

Rome Braves: Season over. What’s next:  2022 schedule.


HIGH SCHOOL
AJC weekly high school rankings (through Sept. 23)

  • 6A: Rome returns to the top 10, now ranked no. 9.
  • 5A: Cartersville moves up to no. 2 from no. 3; Calhoun holds at no. 7.
  • 4A: Cedartown steady at no. 6.
  • John McClellan’s high school picks: Next column posts Monday morning.

  • Next: Oct. 2, home vs. Trinity, 6 p.m.

Shorter Hawks hammered by West Georgia, 56-0. Shorter now 2-2 on the season. Media release: After going 2-1 in their early non-conference slate, the Shorter Hawks returned home to Barron Stadium and hosted their first conference game of the season against the University of West Georgia on Saturday afternoon. Although the weather was outstanding, the final score was far from it for the Hawks, as the road team won 56-0.UWG came out on fire, as they scored on the opening drive of the game in an unconventional way. Wolves quarterback Harrison Frost threw a pass to Ronni Blackmon deep in the Shorter red zone. As Blackmon was reaching the goal line, he fumbled the ball into the end zone, but teammate Phil Patterson picked it up for a West Georgia touchdown. The visitors did not look back from there.

Shorter’s best offensive drive of the day came with 8:01 left in the opening quarter, as Hawks quarterback Aeneas Dennis led his team on an 11-play, 62-yard drive before throwing an interception in the UWG red zone. Dennis finished 15-of-26 for 127 yards passing and added 37 yards on the ground. Kolby Reynolds led the Hawks on defense with six total tackles, and teammates Tim Walker, Noah Holland and Devonn Lane had five total tackles apiece.

On the opposite sideline, Frost had a nice day at quarterback for the Wolves, as he finished 16-of-22 passing for 315 yards and two touchdowns. UWG (4-0, 2-0) also had a big day on the ground, as they rushed for 233 yards and had five rushing touchdowns. West Georgia starting running back Tyray Devezin accounted for two of those scores on his six carries for a game-high 79 rushing yards.

  • Next: Saturday at Valdosta, 7 p.m.

COMMUNITY SPORTS
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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