Chick-fil-A Dwarf House Sports: Rome Braves get 9th straight win. Shorter Hawks picked to finish last in GSC football.

Chick-fil-A Dwarf House Sports: Rome Braves get 9th straight win. Shorter Hawks picked to finish last in GSC football.


Model High School’s intra-squad community game on Friday (photo from Ali Couch)
From Rome Wolves Gameday: Another good crowd for the Soap Game (on Friday night). Rome scrimmages Pebblebrook next Fri. at 7:30 at Barron.

Another rough year for Shorter Football? Home conference thinks so: The head football coaches of the Gulf South Conference have selected North Alabama as the preseason conference favorite. The Lions received seven first place votes and will be vying for their fifth straight GSC Championship. The Shorter Hawks, coming off a rough 2 016 season, are picked to finish last — ninth. (Click GSC)

About the Hawks: “Shorter rounds out the poll. The Hawks lose last year’s conference leader in tackles and all-conference selection Jevaris Jones but return Tyler Pullum at quarterback. Pullum was a two-time GSC Freshman of the Week in 2016.”


School Total Points
1. North Alabama (7) 62
2. Valdosta State (1) 54
3. West Georgia (1) 49
4. Florida Tech 47
5. West Alabama 32
6. Delta State 31
7. West Florida 25
8. Mississippi College 16
9. Shorter 8



Sod issues put new wrinkle in completion deadline for Pepperell High’s football stadium; home opener still set for Sept. 1. Dragons

Georgia High School Football Daily. Returns Monday.

John McClellan’s second column of the high school football preseason will post Monday morning. 

On Tuesday, the Watters Historical Preservation Society and Model High School will present ‘A Season to Remember’ in the Model High School auditorium beginning at 6:30 p.m. The public is cordially invited to attend.  Admission is free.

2017 high school football schedule across Northwest Georgia. Click high school

Your school-by-school look at the start of high school football season. Includes notes on upcoming events, scrimmages and the first official games of the season. Send updates to

  • Armuchee: Opens Aug. 18 at LaFayette. Also: Meet the Tribe is Aug. 5. Scrimmage Aug. 11 at Southwest Whitfield.
  • Coosa: Hosts Coahulla Creek on Aug. 25. Scrimmage Aug. 11 hosting Pickens.
  • Darlington: Hosts Gaston, Ala., on Aug. 25. Scrimmage Aug. 11  hosting Rockmart.
  • Model: Hosts Sonoraville Aug. 25. Also: Season tickets go on sale; $30 for all five home games. Pickup at the field house 6 p.m. Monday-Friday. Scrimmage Aug. 11 hosting Cedartown.
  • Pepperell: At Ridgeland Aug. 25. Scrimmage Aug. 11 hosting Paulding County. Scrimmage Aug. 18 at Cass.
  • Rome: Discount cards with proceeds helping the Rome Wolves football team now on sale; contact Chris and Sherri Cromer. Hosts Harrison Aug. 25. Scrimmage Aug. 11 hosting Pepplebrook.
  • Unity: Hosts Shiloh Hills Christian on Aug. 18. Scrimmage Aug. 12 v. Twiggs Academy at John Hancock Academy
  • Cartersville: At Allatoona Aug. 18. Scrimmage Aug. 11 at Westminster.
  • Adairsville: Hosts Ridgeland Aug. 18. Scrimmage Aug. 11 hosting Woodland.
  • Cass: Scrimmage Aug. 18 hosting Pepperell.
  • Woodland: Hosts River Ridge Aug. 18. Scrimmage Aug. 11 at Adairsville.
  • Calhoun: Hosts Douglas Aug. 18. Scrimmage Aug. 11 at Northwest Whitfield.
  • Gordon Central: Hosts Murray County Aug. 18. Scrimmage Aug. 11 at Sonoraville.
  • Sonoraville: At Model Aug. 25. Scrimmage Aug. 11 hosting Gordon Central.
  • Chattooga: Hosts Fort Payne, Ala., on Aug. 25. Scrimmage Aug. 11 at Trion.
  • Trion: Scrimmage Aug. 11 hosting Chattooga.
  • Rockmart: At Cedartown on Aug. 18. Scrimmage Aug. 11 at Darlington.
  • Cedartown: Hosts Rockmart Aug. 18. Scrimmage Aug. 11 at Model.


Braves legend Ralph Garr was in town to throw out first pitch for Retro Night. (Photo by Mills Fitzner)
  • Rome Braves go extra innings to get 9th straight win with 6-5 victory over Asheville. Media release: The Rome Braves picked up their ninth straight victory, defeating the Asheville Tourists Thursday night, 6-5 in fourteen innings at State Mutual Stadium before 2,385 fans.  The win ties the second longest win streak of nine also done in 2016.  The franchise record for consecutive victories is 11 and was set in 2004.  Asheville cracked the scoreboard four times in the third inning on RBI singles by Willie Abreu, Tyler Nevin, Bobby Wernes, and Vince Fernandez for the 4-0 score.  The Braves quickly tied the game 4-4 in the fourth thanks to run scoring base hits by Kurt Hoekstra and Kevin Josephina and a two run single by Marcus Mooney. Asheville regained the lead in the fifth on a sacrifice fly RBI by Nevin for the 5-4 score. In the eighth, Leudys Baez started the inning with an infield single, moved to second on a groundout, reached third on a wild pitch, and scored on Marcus Mooney’s double to left to tie the contest 5-5. The game would go all the way to the 14th inning before Cristian Pache would reach on an error, followed by a Lucas Herbert hit by pitch. This set up Isranel Wilson for the walkoff single to give the Braves the 6-5 victory. Rome’s bullpen was lights out, as Bladimir Matos, Troy Conyers and Taylor Lewis combined for eight innings of shutout relief. Lewis (1-1) gets the win for Rome while Austin Moore (0-1) suffers the loss for Asheville.
  • What’s next:. Asheville tonight at 6 with fireworks to follow; Sunday at 2 p.m.
  • Mills Fitzner’s home game photo gallery.
  • Roster updates: None.
  • ‘Game Faces’ by Mills Fitzner:
Misty and Luke Hanes from Athens. They drove over just to meet Ralph Garr.
More than Four Mens’ Choir performs the National Anthem.


Training camp in Flowery Branch is under way. When, how to see the Falcons as they begin practice for the 2017 season. Preseason schedule: Aug. 10 at Dolphins, Aug. 20 at Steelers, Aug. 26 vs. Cardinals at home and Aug. 31 vs. Jaguars at home. Click Falcons


Berry Vikings sports updates.

Football: First game at Maryville on Sept. 2 at 1 p.m.

Shorter Hawks sports updates.

Football: First game vs. Mars Hill at Barron Stadium, 1 p.m. Sept. 2. Schedule

Georgia Highlands sports reports.

Georgia Northwestern Technical College sports updates

Georgia Tech basketball coach Josh Pastner to be in Rome on Tuesday, Aug. 8: This is a great chance to hear Josh Pastner talk about his dazzling first season with Tech and what’s ahead in 2017-18. The gathering begins at 6 p.m. Heritage First Bank, 501 Broad St., Rome. The agenda: 6 p.m., food and refreshments. 6:30: Introduction by the Rome Georgia Tech Network. 6:35: Pastner’s talk followed by Q&A. For more, please email:
The 31st Annual Roman Rumble 5K Run and 2 Mile Health Walk is Saturday, Sept. 16. Background 
The Harbin Hero Hustle returns to the streets of downtown Rome on Saturday, Oct. 14. Here’s how to sign up
Also: See how the hustle is tied into the Harbin Hero Challenge and how you can help five local nonprofits earn at least $500. Challenger
Arsenal fall recreational soccer league returns: Schools are back in session and we are ready to play soccer. The league is for ages 4 to 15 for boys and girls.  Early registration is under way and runs through Aug. 22. Focus of this league is participation and fun. Fundamental skills of the game are developed and refined through activities and games. Sportsmanship, respect and responsibility are all key components of this league. All our recreational coaches are licensed through Georgia Soccer. Every game starts with a prayer and ends with a handshake. Practices are held once a week for an hour. Practices begin Aug. 28. Games are played on Fridays or Saturdays. Games begin Sept. 8/9 and end Nov. 3/4 (nine-week, eight-game season). Every child receives an award at the end of the season and there is a season-ending party for players and their team. Age groups are 6U, 8U, 10U, 12U and 15U with separate boys and girls divisions in each age group.    
  • Early registration discount:  YMCA members  $69; potential members, $109.                           
  • A $10 regular registration increase applies after Aug. 22. 
  • Cost includes jersey, end of season award and end of season party as well as Georgia Soccer Association registration.  

 Lil’ Gunners fall preschool soccer: Classes focus on introducing soccer through outrageously fun games and activities. We help develop social, emotional, and cognitive skills while providing physical exercise and developing players who are good teammates – on and off the soccer field. Classes meet at Grizzard Park on Thursdays  from 4:50-5:25 p.m. There is a maximum of 15 participants per class. Cost: $26 for Y members; $40 for nonmembers. Session 1: Sept. 7, 14, 21 and 28. Session 2: Oct. 12, 19, 26 and Nov. 2. Cost includes team shirt and medal.

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