Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: Sunday update — Falcons lose; latest high school and college rankings. Earlier: Berry falls 27-6 to Trinity. Shorter clipped by Valdosta State, 49-13. Georgia cruises; Tech wrecked.

Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: Sunday update — Falcons lose; latest high school and college rankings. Earlier: Berry falls 27-6 to Trinity. Shorter clipped by Valdosta State, 49-13. Georgia cruises; Tech wrecked.

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.

SUNDAY UPDATES
  • 6A: Rome up one spot to no. 8.
  • 5A: No change for Cartersville (no. 2) or Calhoun (no. 7).
  • 4A: Cedartown up one to no. 5.
  • 3A: Rockmart now no. 10.

AP Top 25: Alabama no. 1, Georgia no. 2 and then wholesale changes after a ton of Saturday updates.

John McClellan’s high school picks for the week. Next post Monday morning.


BASEBALL

The Atlanta Braves win 6-5 after Mets make it close.  Media release:  Joc Pederson has been described as a carefree, comical teammate who can keep a clubhouse loose, much like Josh Donaldson did during his days in Atlanta. But Pederson likely now stands as the only Braves player to homer with a pearl necklace around his neck.

Pederson continued to gear up for the postseason when he homered during a two-run third inning that propelled the Braves toward a 6-5 win over the Mets on Saturday night at Truist Park.

• Box score

“There’s not much behind [the pearl necklace],” Pederson said. “I like it. It looks good.”

Pederson was first spotted wearing the pearl necklace on Thursday, when the Braves clinched their fourth consecutive National League East title. It will now likely be a storyline that exists for however long Atlanta remains in the postseason.

“It wasn’t something that was supposed to get this much media attention,” Pederson said. “It’s just something that I like. It’s getting blown way out of proportion.”

  • Today: Home vs. Mets, 3:20 p.m. Sunday; regular season ends.
  • National League Division Series: Friday vs. Brewers. Braves manager Brian Snitker confirmed on Saturday that right-hander Charlie Morton will start Game 1 of the National League Division Series against the Brewers. Morton will seek more postseason success when Atlanta opens the NLDS on Friday in Milwaukee. Left-hander Max Fried will start Game 2 of the best-of-five series next Saturday.
  • Roster:

Rome Braves: What’s next:  2022 schedule.


ATLANTA FALCONS

  • Next:  Today, 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:

NFL/local players


COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Berry Vikings hit hard in 27-6 loss to Trinity at home. Media release: Berry lost a Southern Athletic Association showdown Saturday night at Valhalla Stadium, when SAA pre-season favorite Trinity University handed the Vikings a 27-6 defeat.

The setback, the SAA opener for both teams and evens the Vikings’ overall record to 2-2, was only the second time Berry has lost a conference regular season game at Valhalla Stadium.

In the first quarter on their first drive the Trinity Tigers scored, setting the mood for the rest of the night. Quarterback Tucker Horn made an 11-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Austin Bertness. The Vikings failed to convert a first down in the first quarter, the Tigers held Berry to six rushing yards and only eight receiving yards.

Going into the second quarter Trinity struck quickly again with another touchdown pass from Horn to wide receiver Chris Stewart for 6 yards. Towards the end of the half, Horn was intercepted by Kris Thomas at the Berry 2-yard line. But the Vikings failed to take advantage of any momentum that may have swung their way.

With 35 seconds left to play in the second half, Berry went up-tempo with their offense and capitalized with a 32-yard field goal by Matthew Syverson as time expired in the first half to trim Trinity’s lead 14-3.

After a slow start to the second half for both teams, the Vikings tacked on three more points with a 36-yard field goal by Syverson with 7:23 left in the third quarter.

Trinity quickly gained momentum back from the Vikings with a running touchdown by running back Winston Hutchinson from a yard out, with 3:07 left in the third quarter to end a 10-play, 72-yard drive.

Going into the final quarter, Trinity continued to win at the line of scrimmage and put pressure on the quarterbacks. After the Tigers picked off a Berry pass, Winston Hutchinson ran for his second touchdown of the night, with a five yard run to close out the scoring.

The Vikings were held to just 181 yards in total offense with only 31 yards via the run, while Trinity ended the night amassing 357 yards.
Berry quarterback Gavin Gray completed 11 of 21 passes for 129 yards.

Connor Cheyunski paced the Berry defense with 9.5 tackles, while Jake Seeger registered a sack and Kristofer Thomas had an interception.

  • Next: Oct. 9: At Millsap, 2 p.m.
Shorter Hawks pounded 49-13 in Valdosta. Media release: The Shorter Hawks traveled to Valdosta for their second conference game of the season against the No. 4 Blazers of Valdosta State University on Saturday night. Despite a valiant effort in the first half by Shorter, the Blazers proved to be too much in the second half, as the home team was victorious 49-13.

 

The Hawks found themselves down 14-0 to start the game but fought back and put seven on the board when quarterback Aeneas Dennis kept it himself for a 1-yard touchdown run with 9:16 left in the second quarter. After forcing a punt from VSU on their next series, Dennis added another touchdown for the Hawks, as he threw a 28-yard scoring pass to his tight end Kyle Morlock with 3:18 to go in the first half. That cut the score to 14-13, as the ensuing extra-point try failed due to a bad snap, and that proved to be the scoreline going into halftime.

Unfortunately for the Hawks, they could not do anything with that newly found momentum in the second half, as it was all Valdosta State from then onward. The VSU offense exploded for 35 unanswered points in the final two periods of the game to put the final result out of question, as the Blazers (4-0, 1-0) won 49-13.

A critical part of that second-half offensive explosion was the play of VSU quarterback Ivory Durham. Durham went 17-of-32 passing in the game for 258 yards, two touchdowns and an interception and added 82 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. Two of those four total touchdowns came in the second half, including a 51-yard touchdown pass to Lio’undre Gallimore with 4:46 left in the game. VSU running backs Jamar Thompkins and Seth McGill had over 100 yards rushing apiece, and the aforementioned Gallimore led the Blazers in receiving with 135 yards and two touchdowns on seven catches.

As for Shorter, Dennis finished 12-of-24 passing for 136 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Noah Holland led the Hawks in rushing with 71 yards, and Morlock was tops in receiving with 68 yards on three receptions with the first-half touchdown. On the defensive side of the ball, Tim Walker and Kolby Reynolds led Shorter in total tackles with nine and eight, respectively. Teammate Devonn Lane also had an interception in the game.

  • Next: Oct. 9: Home vs. West Alabama, 1 p.m.

State teams:

Pre kickoff at Sanford Stadium as Georgia hosted Arkansas in a high noon SEC showdown. Photo by Jack Druckenmiller/Hometown.

Georgia Bulldogs 

  • The No. 2-ranked Georgia football team used its stifling defense, a powerful run game and some special teams fireworks to take down No. 8 Arkansas, 37-0, Saturday afternoon at Sanford Stadium. It was the Bulldogs’ second SEC shutout in as many games after winning 62-0 at Vanderbilt last week.
  • Next: Oct. 9, at Auburn, noon or 3:30 p.m., SEC.
  • SEC Schedule

Georgia Tech 

  • Pittsburgh hammers Georgia Tech, 52-21.
  • Next: Oct. 9: At Duke, 12:30 p.m.
  • ACC Schedule.

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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