Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: 4 area high school teams advance, 5 fall in Friday night playoffs; 3 more games tonight. Berry, Shorter close out football season with games today. Falcons at Dallas at 1 p.m. Sunday. Model grad Akemon named AAC women’s soccer freshman of the year. Model’s Chastain signs to play baseball at Georgia State; Rome’s Vigoa signs with Miami U.

Truett’s Chick-fil-A Sports: 4 area high school teams advance, 5 fall in Friday night playoffs; 3 more games tonight. Berry, Shorter close out football season with games today. Falcons at Dallas at 1 p.m. Sunday. Model grad Akemon named AAC women’s soccer freshman of the year. Model’s Chastain signs to play baseball at Georgia State; Rome’s Vigoa signs with Miami U.

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

Friday’s scores:
  • Unity Christian 44-8 over Peachtree Academy. Next: Johnson Ferry Christian Academy on Friday at Pope High School in the semifinals.
  • St. Pius X 42, Cass 9. Season ends.
  • Cartersville 51-0 over Lithonia. Next: Warner Robins.
  • Calhoun leading Decatur, 35-21. Next: Ware County.
  • Cedartown 55, Hampton 14. Next: Cairo.
  • Haralson County 34, Chattooga 7. Season ends.
  • Callaway 29, Pepperell 22. Season ends.
  • Stephens County 27-13 over Rockmart. Season ends.
  • Oconee County 29, Adairsville 22. Season ends.

Saturday’s games:

  • Johns Creek at Rome
  • Hebron Christian at Darlington
  • Social Circle at Trion
  • Kickoff forecast: 42 degrees with a wind chill of 38 this evening. Click for more.

John McClellan’s high school football playoff predictions:

  • How did John pick ’em Friday night — plus tonight’s previews. McClellan

SIGNINGS

Congratulations to Model High Senior Davis Chastain who will continue his education and baseball career at Georgia State University.

Front row- Chastain family pictured left to right: Rodney (father), Davis, Chasity (mother)
Back row left to right: baseball coaches Hunter Chastain, Brett White, Brandon Patch, MHS principal Kevin Strickland, MHS athletic director Todd Gilleland.


Next: Sunday at the Cowboys, 1 p.m., Fox 5,  92.9 FM. Thursday: Home vs. the Patriots, 8:20 p.m.,  Fox 5,  92.9 FM.

Roster: Falcons sign Elliott Fry to the practice squad.

NFL/local players


COLLEGES

Model High grad Lauren Akemon, now playing for Reinhardt University in Waleska, has been named freshman of the year in women’s soccer by the Appalachian Athletic Conference. She also was named to the first team all-conference team. AAC


COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL

Berry Vikings advance to the NCAA Division III Atlanta Regional Championship game tonight at 7.  The No. 12-ranked Berry volleyball team advanced to the finals of the NCAA Division III Women’s Volleyball Atlanta Regional on Friday when the Vikings defeated Southwestern 4-1 in the tournament’s semifinals being held at Emory.

The Vikings, who have now won their last 12 straight game, will take a 27-2 record into the regional title game Saturday at 7 p.m., facing host Emory, which defeated Texas-Dallas in the second semifinal Friday night.

Against Southwestern, Berry took a 25-19 win in the first set, but saw the Pirates from Texas battle make to even the match by winning the second set, 25-23.

Berry, however, regained command of the match, earning a 25-21 victory in the third set and then sealing the win with a 25-17 decision in the fourth set.

The Vikings showed their offensive firepower at the net where Peyton Breissinger had 17 kills, Molly Bergin had 16 and Jazzy Innis added 15.

Emily Rapach recorded an impressive 54 assists, Laura Beier earned 21 digs and Olivia Mallow lead the blocking game with eight stuffs.

  • Next:  Saturday: Season finale at home vs. Centre, 2 p.m.

Media release/preview: For one final time this season, the Berry football team will take the field at Valhalla with one unified goal – winning for themselves and giving the seniors who have added to the history of the program a proper farewell.

“We’ve made strides with a young team and we’re excited about the future of Berry football,” head coach Tony Kunczewski said as the Vikings close out the regular season Saturday hosting the talented Centre Colonels for a Southern Athletic Association showdown that starts at 2 p.m.  “Now we want to send out seniors off in the right way.”

The Vikings come into the game with a 6-3 overall record and are 4-2 in the SAA after rolling to a 45-14 SAA road win against Rhodes last week. “We got off to another good start, but hit a lull,” said Kunczewski, who finally pulled away from Rhodes late in the game to seal the win. “It was good to see us put away a team.”

On the ground, where the Vikings rushed for 289 total yards, freshman Brandon Cade led the charge gaining 136 yards on 16 carries, one that went 65 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter that gave Berry a 17-7 halftime lead. Backfield mate Josh Rogers also got in the scoring act scoring on a 2-yard run at the end of the third quarter and the freshman ended the day gaining 84 yards.

Quarterback Gavin Gray ended the game completing 9 of 21 for 133 yards and a touchdown, with Deiondre Wilson hauling in six of those tosses for 111 yards.

Rhodes stayed within striking distance early in the fourth quarter but that’s when the Vikings broke the game wide open when they scored 21 unanswered points thanks to a pair of punt returns by Brandon Moody that went all the way – his 47-yard TD return sent a single game record for the team – a and a 40-yard “Pick 6” by Brock Skinner.

John Mancuso and Connor Cheyunski had 10 and eight tackles, respectively, for Berry against Rhodes, while Luke Filipkowski joined Skinner in picking off a pass.

Kunczewski knows that a similar game – and perhaps more – will be needed against Centre, which comes to Mount Berry riding a three-game win streak, the latest victory coming last week in a 30-20 road win over Sewanee that improved the Colonels overall record to 7-2 and their SAA record to 4-2.

Shorter Hawks

  • Next:  Saturday at North Greenville, noon, season finale.
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