Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports:  Atlanta Braves hit hard, fall 11-2. Armuchee pounded by Trion, 48-7. Tonight: Get updates scores from our SportsStream list.

Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: Atlanta Braves hit hard, fall 11-2. Armuchee pounded by Trion, 48-7. Tonight: Get updates scores from our SportsStream list.

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.

HIGH SCHOOL
John McClellan’s high school picks:

  • Your first look at the playoffs plus this week’s games. McClellan

This week’s games:

  • Track tonight’s scores on our ScoreStream (above).
  • Thursday: Trion over Armuchee, 48-7. Teams agreed to make this the final score because of the lightning delay and suspension of play at halftime.
  • Model at Pepperell
  • Rome at Alexander 
  • Darlington at North Cobb Christian 
  • Coosa at Dade County 
  • Holy Ground Baptist Academy at Unity Christian School
  • Cartersville at Woodland
  • Cass at Calhoun
  • Adairsville at Rockmart
  • LaFayette at Sonoraville
  • Chattooga at Fannin County
  • Off this week: Cedartown and Gordon Central

BASEBALL

The Atlanta Braves hit hard by the Dodgers, 11-2; game six is Saturday. Media release: As much as the Braves might not want to hear the narrative again, it will grow stronger unless they avoid becoming yet another Atlanta professional team to blow a comfortable playoff lead.

Thoughts of another ugly collapse were unavoidable when the Braves suffered an 11-2 loss to the Dodgers in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series on Thursday night at Dodger Stadium.

“That’s going to be the narrative,” Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman said. “Every day it’s brought up. So I don’t think we have a choice until we kill that narrative. We’re up 3-2 going home. It’s a great position to be in.”

• Box score

Atlanta still has a 3-2 lead in this best-of-seven series, and Game 6 on Saturday and Game 7 on Sunday (if necessary) will both be played at Truist Park. That’s comforting, except when you account for the fact comfort is seemingly not available to Atlanta-area teams.

Among the city’s most recent collapses: the Falcons’ 28-3 Super Bowl LI lead squandered against the Patriots and the University of Georgia blowing a 13-0 halftime lead to Alabama in the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship. And of course, there’s the 3-1 lead the Braves had before losing three straight in last year’s NLCS to the Dodgers.

Entering this postseason, the Braves had won just two of their previous 12 potential clinch games from 2002-20.

The Dodgers have now won seven consecutive elimination games, the third-longest such streak in MLB history. Still, Braves manager Brian Snitker knows his team is in a much better position than most could have expected against the defending World Series champs.

“We’ve got to win one of two games,” Snitker said. “If we can’t, then we don’t deserve to go to the next [round]. I like our chances.”

  • Jorge Soler has been cleared by MLB’s Joint Committee to return from the COVID-19 Related Injured List. He replaced OF Cristian Pache on the active roster.
  • Next: Game 6 at 5  p.m. Saturday, TBS, at home. Game 7 would be Sunday, if needed,7:30 p.m. on TBS.
  • MLB playoffs schedule: MLB
  • Astros vs Red Sox. Houston holds lead, three games to two.  Red Sox at Astros for game 6 at 8 tonight on FS1.

  • Next: Saturday at Hendrix, 2 p.m.
  • Next: Saturday at West Florida, 4 p.m.

State teams:

Georgia Bulldogs

  • Next: Florida at Jacksonville, Oct. 30, 3:30 p.m., CBS
  • SEC Schedule

Georgia Tech


COMMUNITY SPORTS

Basketball bonus registration day, Saturday, Oct. 30: Basketball season is right around the corner. Registration is now open for the winter season, and Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation is hosting a special registration day at our headquarters at 1 Shorter Ave. on Saturday, Oct. 30, from noon to 4 p.m.
Swing by the office to get your child registered for a fun-filled basketball season. RFPRA staff members will be on site to assist with registration and answer any questions. For more information about the season or to register online, visit our website at rfpra.com.
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