Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: Cartersville rises to no. in 5A football rankings. Berry pounds Sewanee, 59-0;  Shorter falls 20-7.  Braves take series opener vs Dodgers, 3-2; rematch tonight at 7:30, TBS.

Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: Cartersville rises to no. in 5A football rankings. Berry pounds Sewanee, 59-0; Shorter falls 20-7. Braves take series opener vs Dodgers, 3-2; rematch tonight at 7:30, TBS.

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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.

  • 6A: Rome steady at no. 6.
  • 5A:  Cartersville rises to no. 1 after big win, Warner Robins loss.
  • 5A:  Calhoun holds at no. 6.
  • 4A: Cedartown holds at no. 5.
  • 3A: Rockmart no. 9 again this week.
  • A-Private: Darlington holds in ninth place.

John McClellan’s next column posts Monday. 


The Atlanta Braves open championship series with 3-2 win over Dodgers; game two tonight at 7:30,  TBS. Media release: Six months after having to prove he deserved to be the Braves’ third baseman, Austin Riley is being serenaded by “MVP” chants and creating lasting postseason memories.

Riley extended this year’s power barrage with his latest home run and then delivered the game-ending single that gave the Braves a 3-2 win over the Dodgers in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series on Saturday night at Truist Park.

“You dream of that as a little kid,” Riley said of the walk-off single he lined to left field against right-handed reliever Blake Treinen.

At 24 years and 197 days old, Riley became the youngest player to produce any of the 10 postseason walk-off hits in Braves history. The young slugger had also hit the decisive go-ahead home run off Treinen in the ninth inning of the Braves’ Game 1 win over the Dodgers in the 2020 NLCS.

  • Next: Game 3 at 5 p.m. Tuesdsay, TBS. Best of seven. Winner advances to the World Series.
  • MLB playoffs schedule: MLB
  • Astros  Red Sox, Game 3 at 8 p.m. Monday, FS1.


Berry Vikings cruise past Sewanee, 59-0. Media release: For the second week in a row, the Berry football team rolled up the yards and the points, and came up the takeaways head coach Tony Kunczewski was looking for from the defense as the Vikings rolled to a 59-0 Southern Athletic Association win over Sewanee on Saturday afternoon at Valhalla.

The victory improves Berry to 4-2 overall for the season and 2-1 in the SAA heading into next Saturday when the Vikings visit Hendrix in Conway, Ark.

Against Sewanee, which has yet to taste a win in six outings this season, the Vikings ended the day rolling up 472 in offense, 284 of that on the ground, while holding the Tigers to just 214 total yards.

For the second straight week, freshman running back Josh Rogers went over the century mark rushing for 102 yards on eight carries and scored three touchdowns, while backfield mate Brandon Cade gained 82 yards on 15 rushes and scored a touchdown.

Junior quarterback Gavin Gray once again was on target throwing the ball as he competed 18 of 26 passes for 183 yards and a pair of touchdowns, with Cameron Kawa leading the receiving corps with six catches for 44 yards and a TD, and TJ Watkins giving the team its longest TD reception of the season that went for 70 yards.

Defensively, the Vikings came up with three turnovers, including an 18-yard fumble return for a touchdown by Jordan Wilson and an interception each by Elohim Hull and Luke Filipkowski.

Connor Cheyunski led the Vikings with seven tackles and a sack, Jake Weitkamp had five and Destin Patrick recorded a sack.

Rogers provided Berry’s first quarter points, scoring the game’s first touchdown at the 6:13 mark when he broke loose for an 18-yard scoring run that capped a short three-play, 35-yard drive. Matthew Syverson added the first of seven extra points.

Just over four minutes later, Rogers was back in the end zone, this time reach paydirt from 8 yards out to close out a 43-yard march.

The Vikings made it 17-0 with over six minutes to go in the first half when Syverson slip the uprights for a 39-yard field goal, then Berry widened the gap with 17 second left before intermission when Gray found receiver TJ Watkins alone on the left sideline and Watkins went untouched for a 70-yard scoring pass to give the home team a comfortable 24-0 lead at the break.

Berry continued to find the groove on both sides of the ball in the final two quarters with the defense setting the tone just four minutes into the second half when Wilson scooped up a Sewanee fumble and took it 18 yards in for the touchdown.

Four minutes later, Gray found another target when he hit Kawa on a 2-yard scoring pass that gave the Vikings a 38-0 lead.

The Viking, however, weren’t done as they scored three more times in the final stanza with Rogers tallying his third TD of the afternoon on a 24-yard jaunt, Cade put his name in the scoring column when he broke free for a 17-yard touchdown, and Carter Morgan got into the offensive column when he rushed for a 43-yard tally, the longest run of the game for Berry.

  • Next: Saturday at Hendrix, 2 p.m.
Shorter Hawks falls 20-7 to Mississippi College. 
  • Next: Saturday at West Florida, 4 p.m.
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