Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: High school football scores. Berry hosts Trinity at 6 this evening; Shorter on the road. Atlanta Braves fall 4-3 to Mets. Updates on Falcons-Washington game Sunday.

Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: High school football scores. Berry hosts Trinity at 6 this evening; Shorter on the road. Atlanta Braves fall 4-3 to Mets. Updates on Falcons-Washington game Sunday.

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.

Model dominates Coosa on Friday night. From Twitter.
HIGH SCHOOL
Friday night scores. More updates early Saturday.
  • Model powers past Coosa, 37-7.
  • Rome dominates Dalton, 49-6.
  • Fannin County 40-14 over Pepperell. .
  • Darlington over Bremen, 40-33.
  • Mt. Zion 28-14 over Armuchee.
  • Unity Christian School lost to Johnson Ferry Christian School, 34-14.
  • Cartersville stays perfect with 43-7 win over Cass.
  • Calhoun gets big win vs. Hiram, 63-17
  • Cedartown cruises by Pickens, 31-0.
  • North Murray falls to Rockmart, 34-13
  • Ringgold tops Adairsville, 24-19.
  • Sonoraville tops Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe, 47-21.
  • Chattooga over Gordon Central, 47-21.
  • Southeast Whitfield clobbered by Trion, 49-0.
  • Thursday: Blessed Trinity 40, Woodland 3.

John McClellan’s high school picks for the week. How did John pick ’em this week?  McClellan


BASEBALL

The Atlanta Braves fall 4-3 to New York Mets.  Media release:  Huascar Ynoa could play a key role during the National League Division Series. Exactly how he is used will be influenced by the less than overwhelming starts he has made over the past few weeks.

Ynoa faded near the conclusion of the five-inning effort he provided in the Braves’ 4-3 loss to the Mets at Truist Park on Friday night. This was the first time he completed at least five innings since Sept. 9. But he certainly didn’t show any of the dominance he displayed before he fractured his hand in May.

• Box score

“He’s not a finished product,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “He’s still learning. But overall, I thought his stuff was good tonight.”

  • This week: Home vs. Mets, 7:20 tonight; 3:20 p.m. Sunday.
  • Roster:

Rome Braves: What’s next:  2022 schedule.



  • Next:  Sunday: Home vs. Washington, 1 p.m.   Fox TV, 92.9 FM. Oct. 10: In London, vs. the Jets, 9:30 a.m. WSB TV, 92.9 FM.
  • Roster: Russell Gage and Marlon Davidson have been ruled out of Sunday’s game versus Washington.

NFL/local players


COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Berry Vikings host Trinity this evening at 6.

Media release: The Berry football team, winners of the last five straight Southern Athletic Association championships, begins its defense of their SAA title on Saturday when the Vikings host the Trinity Warriors for a 6 p.m. Mountain Day clash at Valhalla Stadium

But despite the consecutive title run, the Vikings will be going up the team that was selected by the conference’s coaches to win it all, and one that has already shown why.

“They were picked No. 1 in the conference’s preseason coach’s poll for a reason,” Berry head coach Tony Kunczewski, who saw the Vikings selected as the No. 2 preseason pick, said about the undefeated Tigers who in their two wins this season have averaged more than 50 points a game while yielding just seven to their foes. “They’re talented on both sides of the ball.”

The Vikings, who are 2-1 following a 39-7 loss at No. 2-ranked Wisconsin-Whitewater two weeks ago, made the most of having a week off, using the time to work on their own game before turning their attention to the Tigers.

“It came at a great time,” said Kunczewski. “That was a monster trip. We’re still young at a lot of positions, so anytime we can improve, it will pay dividends.

“We worked on ourselves. Our main focus was on Berry, not Trinity,” he said.

This past week, however, the Vikings focused solely on Trinity, which opened the year easily downing Texas Lutheran 51-14 and Macalester 64-0.

On offense, one that averages an impressive 577 yards per game, Trinity has a potent pass game with quarterback Tucker Horn having thrown for 11 touchdowns and 312 yards a game, and to a deep corps of receivers – 17 players have receiving numbers – led by Ryan Merrifield and Auston Bertness, who each have three TD catches and have combined for 250 yards. The Tigers’ ground game is led by running back Winst Hutchinson, who is averaging 82.5 yards a game.

Defensively, in addition to preventing opponents from reaching the end zone, the Tigers allow just 179 yards, with Caleb Harmel and James Ogunrin as the unit’s leading tacklers.

“Despite the scores of their games, they were all competitive games,” Kunczewski said. “Plus, like us, they had an off-week, too.”

The Vikings will counter looking to use the experience they got against a storied Division III program in Whitewater and get back into the groove on both sides of the ball.

“Our guys looked them in the eyes and played all 60 minutes,” Kunczewski said about the game, one that saw Whitewater score 17 points – 14 of them aided by Berry turnovers – in the final two minutes of the first half that turned a close game into a 30-0 halftime score.

“We were able to control the ball on offense and had some long drives. We just didn’t finish them off,” he said. “The biggest thing is that we were competitive against one of the greats in Division III.”

Against Trinity, the Vikings will count on a two-pronged offensive attack, with freshmen running backs Brandon Cade and Josh Rogers spearheading the ground game, while quarterback Gavin Gray returns behind center to take snaps, with Blake Hembree, who played in the second half against Whitewater and threw for 90 yards and a TD, ready to step in if needed.

Likewise, the Vikings’ defense knows it will be tested by Trinity but has the tools to stop the Tigers with leading tacklers Brock Skinner and Jake Weitkamp anchoring the unit.

“Trinity has always been in the mix since they came into the conference,” said Kunczewski. “We have our work cut out for us,”

  • Next: Home tonight vs. Trinity, 6. Oct. 9: At Millsap, 2 p.m.
  • Next: At Valdosta, 7 tonight. Oct. 9: Home vs. West Alabama, 1 p.m.

COMMUNITY SPORTS
Monday: Habitat for Humanity – Coosa Valley will host the second annual Drive One FORE Habitat golf tournament in celebration of World Habitat Day. 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.
Friday: 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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