Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: Georgia unanimous no. 1 in AP Top 25. 6 area teams in the high school rankings this week. Falcons get big win in London. Earlier: Berry back in the win column, beating Millsaps. Rough afternoon for the Shorter Hawks. Braves win; series tied 1-1.

Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: Georgia unanimous no. 1 in AP Top 25. 6 area teams in the high school rankings this week. Falcons get big win in London. Earlier: Berry back in the win column, beating Millsaps. Rough afternoon for the Shorter Hawks. Braves win; series tied 1-1.

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  • 6A: Rome up two spots to no. 6.
  • 5A: No change for Cartersville (no. 2) while Calhoun rises a notch to no. 6.
  • 4A: Cedartown holds at no. 5.
  • 3A: Rockmart up one spot to no. 9.
  • A-Private: Darlington returns at no. 9.

John McClellan’s high school football predictions: Next column posts Monday.


The Atlanta Braves get 3-0 win vs. Brewers in best-of-five series; teams tied 1-1. Media release:  Showing why he has quickly established himself as one of the game’s top starters, Max Fried once again got the Braves back on track with another of those dominant starts he frequently produced over the past couple of months.

Ozzie Albies capped a two-run third with a double and Austin Riley drilled a sixth-inning solo homer that gave Fried some comfort as he guided the Braves to a 3-0 win over the Brewers in Game 2 of the National League Division Series on Saturday at American Family Field.

  • Next: Game three is Monday at 1:07 p.m., TBS; game four, if necessary, is Tuesday at 5:07 p.m., TBS; game five, if needed, 5:07 p.m. Thursday on TBS.
  • MLB playoffs schedule: MLB

Rome Braves: What’s next:  2022 schedule.

  • This morning:  Falcons fly by Jets 27-20 in London. Kyle Pitts shined in Sunday’s game against the New York Jets in London. The No. 4 pick racked up nine catches for 119 yards and a touchdown. The game was a coming-out party for Pitts, who has been up and down throughout the season. His touchdown came in the first quarter when he shook Jets defensive lineman John Franklin-Meyers for the two-yard reception. His play excited many fans who have been eagerly awaiting a big performance out of the rookie.
  • Next: Oct. 24 at Miami, 1 p.m., Fox 5,  92.9 FM.

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Berry Vikings tops Millsaps, 49-21. Media release: They were looking for things to click on the offensive side of the ball.

On Saturday in Jackson, Miss., it did for the Berry football team and did so in record fashion – literally.

Led by freshman running back Brandon Cade, who found the holes early and often from his offensive live to carve his name in the Berry record book, the Vikings broke back into the win column with the best offensive outputs in the program’s history when they rolled to a 49-21 Southern Athletic Association romp over Millsaps.

All told, Berry broke seven records for the afternoon as the Vikings snapped a two-game losing skid to improve their overall record to 3-2 and even their SAA slate to 1-1.

Entering the game, head coach Tony Kunczewski was hoping that the team would find its identity as it reached the halfway point of the season, especially on offense.

The Vikings did just that against the Majors and it came on the ground.

While Cade finished the game setting two new single-game Berry records, rushing for an all-time best 240 yards on just 11 carries – his 21.8 yards a carry set a new mark – and scored four touchdowns, the Vikings’ offense set team records for most total yards in a game (614), most rushing yards (459), most all-purpose yards (734), the highest yards per carry (9.6) and most yards per play (9.4.)

After Millsaps (1-4, 1-1) grabbed the early lead reaching the end zone less than a minute into the game, Berry responded minutes later when Cade broke free for a 68-yard scoring run with Matthew Syverson tying the game with his first of seven extra points.

The Vikings closed out the opening quarter taking the lead when quarterback Gavin Gray hit TJ Watkins with a 64-yard touchdown pass, but the Majors deadlocked the game early in the second period.

That’s when Berry’s offense shifted gears and took off.

With 7:34 to go in the half, the Vikings took the lead for good when Cade found paydirt again, this time from 15-yards out to cap a six-play, 70-yard drive, and with 31 second left before the intermission Berry went to the air again, this time with Gray hooking up with Cameron Kawa for a 9-yard scoring toss to give the Vikings a 28-14 lead at the break.

The Vikings resumed its scoring deluge late in the third quarter on a 56-yard and 53-yard TD runs credited to Cade, and midway through the final stanza Berry closed out the romp on a 3-yard touchdown run by Hunter Kautz.

Joining Cade in the ground attack included Josh Rogers, who rushed for 87 yards just seven carries, and Jonahan Maisonave, who ran for 66 more yards.

Gray recorded his best outing of the season completing 10 of 17 passes for 155 yards and the two touchdowns, with Kawa coming up with four catches for 37 yards as six different receivers were targeted.

Defensively, the Vikings held Millsaps quarterback Kaleb Thompson, last week’s SAA Offensive Player of the Week, to just 141 passing yards.

Connor Cheyunski led the Vikings with seven tackles, while Jake Weitkamp and Brock Skinner had a sack each, and Kuannas Walker and Will Hensley combined for a sack.

  • Next: Oct. 16, home vs. Sewanee, 3 p.m.

Shorter Hawks hammered by West Alabama, 44-7. Media release: The Shorter Hawks were back in action at Barron Stadium on Saturday afternoon, as they hosted the No. 10 University of West Alabama Tigers. Despite a hard-fought effort, the Hawks fell to the visitors 44-7.The Hawks hung in the game with West Alabama in the first half. They played particularly well on defense in the opening quarter, as an interception by Shorter’s Trey Lyles and a later fumble recovery by teammate Chip Williams helped keep the Tigers from putting any points on the board in the first quarter. Unfortunately for the Hawks, they could not capitalize on the turnovers.

The Tigers’ offense got on the scoreboard with 9:16 left in the second quarter, as quarterback Jack McDaniels threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Bayley Blanchard. McDaniels had a nice day for the visitors, as he went 26-of-36 passing for 262 yards and three touchdowns with the lone interception and added 34 yards on the ground.

His backfield mate Demetrius Battle added the final score of the half with seven seconds left in the second quarter via a 2-yard touchdown run to give UWA a 14-0 lead going into halftime. Battle recorded a game-high 100 yards rushing and scored two touchdowns.

West Alabama (6-0, 3-0) added to their lead in the second half and took control. The Hawks got on the scoreboard with 43 seconds left in the third, as quarterback Aeneas Dennis hit tight end John Dietl III for a 32-yard touchdown pass. Dennis finished with 124 yards passing on 11-of-28 attempts, a passing touchdown and an interception and led the Hawks in rushing with 49 yards.

On the defensive side of the ball for Shorter, Nemo Reddish led the Hawks in total tackles with nine. Kolby ReynoldsHunter Poole and Chip Williams added seven apiece as well.

  • Next: Oct. 16 at home, 1 p.m., vs. Mississippi College.

State teams:

UGA could be the nation’s top team by 2 this afternoon as the AP Top 25 is released after no. 1 Alabama fell, 41-38.

Georgia Bulldogs dominate Auburn 34-10. Media release: Stetson Bennett passed for 231 yards and two touchdowns and led No. 2 Georgia past No. 18 Auburn for the second straight year in a 34-10 victory Saturday.

The nation’s top defense gave up only its second touchdown of the year for the Bulldogs (6-0, 4-0 Southeastern Conference), who were still without injured starting quarterback JT Daniels. None of that kept Georgia from another comfortable SEC win and a fifth straight in the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry.

Bennett, who made his first college start in a Top 10 matchup with Auburn (3-2, 1-1) last season, completed 14 of 21 passes and hit Ladd McConkey in stride for a 60-yard third quarter score. He also had a 30-yard run.

Daniels is out with a lat injury for the second straight week.

Zamir White ran for 79 yards on 18 carries with two touchdowns, doing most of his damage in the second half.

Bo Nix and the Tigers came in averaging 40 points per game but couldn’t solve the Georgia defensive puzzle despite moving the ball at times. Nix completed 21 of 38 passes for 217 yards with an interception off a dropped ball a week after delivering a comeback win at LSU.

Georgia also sacked him four times and harried him all afternoon, and the Tigers had some other drops to boot. The Bulldogs allowed just 46 yards on 29 rushes.

Auburn had failed fourth-down passes end its final drive of the first half and its opening one in the second.

  • Next: Oct. 16, home vs. Kentucky, 3:30 p.m., SEC.
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Georgia Tech gets the W, 31-27, vs. Duke. Media release: Adonicas Sanders hauled in a 36-yard touchdown pass from Jeff Sims with 51 seconds to go to lift Georgia Tech to a heart-stopping 31-27 triumph over Duke on Saturday afternoon at soggy Wallace Wade Stadium.

Trailing 27-24 and with no timeouts, Georgia Tech needed just 51 seconds to march 88 yards in six plays for the winning touchdown. Facing third-and-6 from the Duke 36 yard line, Sims threw into the end zone for Sanders, who made an over-the-shoulder catch in tight coverage for the go-ahead score. It marked the first time since a 17-14 win over Boston College in the 2016 season opener in Dublin, Ireland that Tech scored a go-ahead, game-winning touchdown with less than a minute to go in regulation.

The Yellow Jackets jumped out to a 14-0 lead just 8:07 into the game and led 24-17 going into the fourth quarter, but Duke stormed back to take a 27-24 lead on a 22-yard field goal with 5:06 remaining.

The Jackets went three-and-out on their ensuing possession, but forced Duke to punt with 1:42 to go to set up the 88-yard winning drive.

Sims finished with 352 yards of total offense (297 passing, 55 rushing – both team highs) and accounted for four touchdowns (three passing, one rushing) to help lead Georgia Tech’s season-high 440-yard effort. Running back Jahmyr Gibbs and wide receivers Malachi Carter and Sanders had 82, 78 and 73 yards receiving, respectively.

Defensively, the Yellow Jackets were paced by Ayinde Eley and Juanyeh Thomas, who had 13 and 11 tackles, respectively. Thomas also intercepted Duke’s Gunnar Holmberg with 15 seconds left to seal the victory.

With its first win at Duke since 2013, Georgia Tech evened its record at 3-3 overall and 2-2 in Atlantic Coast Conference play. Duke fell to 3-3 overall and 0-2 in ACC play.

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