Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: Atlanta Braves one win away from league championship series; today’s game at 5 p.m. (TBS). Cartersville High football celebrating 700th win.

Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: Atlanta Braves one win away from league championship series; today’s game at 5 p.m. (TBS). Cartersville High football celebrating 700th win.

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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.

HIGH SCHOOL

Making last Friday’s 34-14 win over Hiram even sweeter: It was the football program’s 700th victory.

 

John McClellan’s high school football predictions:

  • John McClellan’s high school picks for this week: Cartersville at Blessed Trinity; Darlington vs. Christian Heritage among top games. Calhoun, Cedartown, Rockmart should cruise. McClellan

This week’s games, Thursday and Friday:

  • Gordon Central at Coosa (Thursday)
  • Christian Heritage at Darlington
  • Fannin County at Model
  • Cartersville at Blessed Trinity
  • Woodland at Calhoun
  • Hiram at Cass
  • Sonoraville at Adairsville
  • Ridgeland at Cedartown
  • Rockmart at Murray County
  • Dade County at Chattooga
  • Trion at BEST Academy
  • Off this week: Armuchee, Pepperell, Rome, Unity Christian.

BASEBALL

The Atlanta Braves win 3-0, lead best-of-five series with Brewers, two games to one. Media release: If the early days of Joctober are a sign of things to come, Braves fans might be wearing pearls for the rest of this month and celebrating the chance to finally have Joc Pederson on their side this time of year.

Pederson further endeared himself to Atlanta fans with the pinch-hit home run he drilled in a 3-0 win over the Brewers in Game 3 of the National League Division Series on Monday afternoon at Truist Park. His fifth-inning three-run shot put the Braves one victory from a second straight trip to the NL Championship Series. Box score

Moments after a rowdy hometown crowd was chanting “Let’s go Joc,” Pederson drilled his go-ahead homer deep into the right-field seats off Brewers reliever Adrian Houser. It was the veteran outfielder’s 11th career postseason homer and the second of this series. He also hit a pinch-hit homer off Houser to account for Atlanta’s only run in the Game 1 loss on Friday in Milwaukee.

After the Braves lost Ronald Acuña Jr. to a season-ending right knee injury on July 10, president of baseball operations Alex Anthopoulos targeted the eccentric, upbeat and always confident Pederson as a guy who could ensure the clubhouse remained positive. So Atlanta acquired him from the Cubs one day before the season’s second half began.

Pederson lost his everyday role in September, but he has continued to positively impact the Braves on a daily basis. He began wearing a pearl necklace the day Atlanta clinched a fourth consecutive NL East title and has since continued to wear it in every game.

After torturing Braves pitchers while playing for the Dodgers in the 2018 NLDS and last year’s NLCS, Pederson is now helping the likes of Ian Anderson, who scattered three hits over five scoreless innings. Anderson has a 0.76 ERA through five career postseason starts.

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

ATLANTA FALCONS: Falcons celebrate the start of the Kyle Pitts era. Media release: Matt Ryan made his way over to grab a headset immediately following the Falcons 27-20 win over the Jets on Sunday. As the postgame interview started, Ryan was asked about his rookie tight end right off the bat.

“I thought Kyle Pitts played the best game he’s played for us,” Ryan said, before following up by saying Sunday’s performance was proof Pitts is going to be a special player in this league.

From the time it took Ryan to trot off the field and into the locker room and then into his postgame press conference, he made a point to seek Pitts out.

“I told him right before I came in here that I was proud of him,” Ryan said to the contingency of London media in attendance of his press conference. “I think there are going to be a lot of those (games) in the future for him.”

“Those” games means a day in which an opposing defense has difficulty finding ways to slow Pitts down or even account for his speed and size. Pitts ended the day with nine catches for 119 yards and one touchdown. He averaged 13.2 yards a catch. For context, Pitts came into the London game with 15 catches for 189 yards through the Falcons’ first four games.

“They did a good job of exploiting the middle fo the field and using their size to their advantage,” Jets head coach Robert Saleh said after the game.

And make no mistake about it: He’s talking about Pitts.

  • Next: Oct. 24 at Miami, 1 p.m., Fox 5,  92.9 FM.

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