Updated: Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: Braves vs. Astros in World Series game 1 on Tuesday after 4-2 win over the Dodgers. Berry wins big at Hendrix; rough road trip for Shorter. Tech edged by Virginia. Falcons at Dolphins, today at 1 p.m.

Updated: Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: Braves vs. Astros in World Series game 1 on Tuesday after 4-2 win over the Dodgers. Berry wins big at Hendrix; rough road trip for Shorter. Tech edged by Virginia. Falcons at Dolphins, today at 1 p.m.

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
  • 6A: Rome holds at no. 6.
  • 5A:  Cartersville remains no. 1.
  • 5A:  Calhoun steady at no. 6.
  • 4A: Cedartown holds at no. 5.
  • 3A: Rockmart slips to no. 10.
  • A-Private: Darlington holds in ninth place.

 

Georgia Public Broadcasting will carry the Calhoun vs. Cartersville 5A showdown next Friday beginning at 7:30 p.m. The game features the Purple Hurricanes, top-ranked in 5A, vs. the No. 6 Yellow Jackets (new rankings due Saturday).

John McClellan’s high school picks:

  • Next week’s predictions will post Monday.

BASEBALL

The Atlanta Braves top Dodgers; win NLCS and a trip to the World Series. Media release: As his team was concluding the National League Championship Series with a 4-2 win in Game 6 on Saturday night at Truist Park, Braves president of baseball operations Alex Anthopoulos was in manager Brian Snitker’s office, nervously organizing old media guides while watching the television broadcast.

“When we got the last out, I said, ‘We’re going to the World Series, I can’t believe it,’” Anthopoulos said.

Disbelief seemed to be a common reaction as Atlanta earned its first trip to the World Series since 1999. As Dansby Swanson made a diving stop and threw AJ Pollock out to end the game, Snitker stayed seated in the dugout as bench coach Walt Weiss and other coaches swarmed him.

“One of them was yelling in my ear,” Snitker said. “Instead of jumping up, Walt grabbed me and it took a minute, honestly, just to — it’s like, ‘Oh, my God, this is really happening.’ What a special feeling though, my God. Yeah, it’s pretty cool.”

During the 1990s, the Braves played 29 World Series games — more than double any other franchise. (The Yankees were second with 14.) But from 2000-20, Atlanta was one of only 10 franchises to play zero World Series games.

  • Next: Braves vs. Astros, World Series game one, at Astros, 8 p.m., Fox.
  • MLB playoffs schedule: MLB

Wednesday, Oct. 27
• Braves at Astros, Game 2 (FOX, 8 p.m. ET)

Thursday, Oct. 28
• Travel Day

Friday, Oct. 29
• Astros at Braves, Game 3 (FOX, 8 p.m. ET)

Saturday, Oct. 30
• Astros at Braves, Game 4 (FOX, 8 p.m. ET)

Sunday, Oct. 31
• Astros at Braves, Game 5* (FOX, 8 p.m. ET)

Monday, Nov. 1
• Travel Day*

Tuesday, Nov. 2
• Braves at Astros, Game 6* — (FOX, 8 p.m. ET)

Wednesday, Nov. 3
• Braves at Astros, Game 7* — (FOX, 8 p.m. ET)



COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Berry Vikings double up on Hendrix, 42-21. Media release: The Berry football team kept their hopes of defending its conference championship alive Saturday afternoon when the Vikings handed homestanding Hendrix a 42-21 Southern Athletic Association defeat in Conway, Ark.

The win, the third in a row for the Vikings, improves them to 5-2 overall and 3-1 in the conference heading into a huge SAA showdown next Saturday when Berry hosts undefeated and co-conference leader Birmingham-Southern at Valhalla at 3 p.m.

Against Hendrix, the Vikings continued to excel on both sides of the ball with the offense rolling up more than 400 yards, while Berry’s defense kept the Warriors in check.

Berry showed how balance it can be when holding on to the ball as the Vikings rushed for 417 yards on the ground and had 213 via the pass.

Quarterback Gavin Gray did a lot of both as the junior ended the afternoon completing 14 of 25 passes for 215 yards – Diondre Wilson led the team with five catches for 101 yards – and ran for 44 more yards and a touchdown.

For the second week in a row, freshman running back Josh Rogers led the team in rushing gaining 154 yards on 20 carries, three of those resulting in touchdowns. Backfield teammates Jonahan Maisonave and Hunter Kautz also scored a TD each.

On the defensive side of the ball, Connor Cheyunski led the Vikings with 11 tackles and John Mancuso has eight, while Khalil Walker and Cade Kennemore each came up with interception.

The Vikings wasted little time take the lead they would never relinquish scoring on the first series of the game when Berry needed just five plays to put points on the board when Gray scored on a 10-yard run.

Rogers extended the lead when he scored from five yards out and after Hendrix closed the gap with a TD late in the second quarter, the Vikings widened the gap with 48 seconds remaining until halftime when Rogers struck again, this time reaching paydirt from with a 14-yard scoring run.

Hendrix refused to back down and stayed within striking distance scoring at the start of the third period to cut into Berry’s lead, 20-13, but the Vikings quickly opened up their lead as they scored 33 unanswered points to close the door on the Warriors as Rogers scored his third TD on a 7-yard run, Kautz broke into the end zone from a yard out, Maisonave delivered a 4-yard touchdown run and placekicker Matthew Syverson converted a 24-yard field goal.

  • Next:  Oct. 30: Home vs. Birmingham-Southern, 3  p.m.

Shorter Hawks fall 45-23 to West Florida. Media release: The Shorter Hawks headed down to Pensacola to take on the University of West Florida (UWF) on Saturday afternoon. The No. 6 Argonauts proved too much for the Hawks to handle, as the home team won 45-23.

Shorter found themselves down by 14 with 6:49 left in the first quarter, but right after, quarterback Aeneas Dennis led the Hawks on a 15-play, 75-yard scoring drive that took 7:39 off the clock. The drive was capped off by a 9-yard touchdown pass from Dennis to Dorian Anderson to make the score 14-6 with 14:10 left in the first half. (The subsequent extra point attempt failed).

Unfortunately for the Hawks, UWF answered right back via a 2-yard touchdown pass from Argonauts’ quarterback Austin Reed to Maverick Wolfley to put West Florida back up by two touchdowns (21-6) with 10:07 left in the half. Reed had an excellent night statistically, as he went 18-for-30 passing for a game-high 314 yards through the air, four touchdowns and one interception along with 36 yards and a touchdown on the ground.

Later in the quarter, Shorter’s Nick Pope added a 25-yard field goal with 51 seconds left, but UWF snuck in another touchdown before halftime (78-yard pass from Reed to Jared Smith) to make it 28-9 heading into the locker room.

The second half saw the Argonauts (6-1, 3-1) add to their lead, and the Hawks put up 14 in the fourth quarter to reach the final scoreline of 45-23. Dennis played a part in both of Shorter’s fourth-quarter touchdowns, as Dennis rushed for a 6-yard score and then threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to Kyah Plummer.

Dennis led the Hawks in both passing and rushing on the afternoon. Dennis threw for 276 yards and two touchdowns on 20-of-34 passing and also ran for 40 yards and a score. Plummer led the Hawks in receiving with 116 yards on four catches with a touchdown.

On the defensive side of the ball, Cornell Washington led the Hawks with six total tackles, and Hunter Poole, Nehemiah Reddish and Trey Thomas were tied for second in total tackles with four apiece. Kolby Reynolds had the lone interception from Reed in the first quarter.

The Hawks (2-6, 0-5) will be back on the road next week, as they will visit Cleveland, Miss., to take on Delta State next Saturday at 3 p.m.

  • Next: Oct. 30: At Delta State, 3 p.m.

State teams:

Georgia Bulldogs

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

Georgia Tech falls 48-40 to Virginia. Media release: Trailing by 21 points with less than four minutes remaining in the contest, Georgia Tech cut the deficit to eight and was driving for a potential game-tying touchdown, but the Yellow Jackets’ rally fell just short in a 48-40 loss to Virginia on Saturday night at Scott Stadium.

Georgia Tech (3-4, 2-3 ACC) fell behind 48-27 when Virginia’s Ra’Shaun Henry caught a 20-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Brennan Armstrong with 3:50 to go in the game.

The Yellow Jackets stayed alive by driving 75 yards in just 2:34 on their ensuing possession, capped by a 37-yard touchdown catch by Kalani Norris from quarterback Jeff Sims that cut the Jackets’ deficit to 48-34 with 1:16 remaining. After Malachi Carter recovered a perfectly executed onside kick by Jude Kelley, Tech needed only 54 seconds to drive 51 yards and pulled within eight points at 48-40 on a 5-yard pass from Sims to Kyric McGowan with 22 seconds left on the clock (the two-point conversion attempt was no good).

For the third time this season and second time in less than a minute, Kelley once again executed a perfect onside kick, this time recovered by Juanyeh Thomas to give the Jackets the ball back at the 50 yard line. Sims completed passes to Jordan Mason (7 yards) and Adonicas Sanders (12 yards) to put Tech within 31 yards of potentially of tying the game. However, Virginia’s Joey Blount batted down Sims’ throw into the end zone on the final play and the Cavaliers escaped with the win.

The teams combined for 1,206 yards of offense in the Saturday night shootout (636 for Virginia, a season-high 570 for Georgia Tech). The Yellow Jackets passed for 300 yards and ran for a season-best 270 in the balanced attack.

Tech jumped out to early leads of 13-0 and 16-7, but Virginia’s No. 6-ranked offense (the fourth-straight top-20 offense that the Yellow Jackets have faced) rallied to take a 24-16 halftime lead. The Jackets pulled back within three points at 27-24 on Jahmyr Gibbs’ 71-yard touchdown run early in the third quarter, but Virginia (6-2, 4-2 ACC) scored 21 of the game’s next 24 points before the Jackets’ furious comeback attempt.

  • Next:  Oct. 30: Home vs. Virginia Tech, noon.
  • ACC Schedule.

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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