Chick-fil-A Dwarf House Sports: Braves at 10-game winning streak with fireworks. Some sod down at Pepperell’s Dragon Stadium.

Chick-fil-A Dwarf House Sports: Braves at 10-game winning streak with fireworks. Some sod down at Pepperell’s Dragon Stadium.

 HIGH SCHOOLS / ROME BRAVES / LOCAL COLLEGES / COMMUNITY EVENTS

Rome Braves Fireworks after Saturday’s game light up the sky. Photos by Mills Fitzner. For additional photos, please click Gallery
The first layers of sod were installed Saturday at Pepperell’s Dragon Stadium. It was thought the sod would be delayed until next week, but crews were able to get started sooner for the Sept. 1 home opener. (photos from Principal Jamey Alcorn)

HIGH SCHOOL

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 druck@hometownheadlines.com.

  • 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.

ROME BRAVES

Rome Braves get 10th win a row on Saturday night. Photo by Mills Fitzner. For additional photos, please click Gallery
  • Rome Braves make it 10 in a row with 2-1 win over Asheville. Media release: The Rome Braves picked up their 10th straight victory, defeating the Asheville Tourists Saturday night, 2-1 at State Mutual Stadium before 4,822 fans. The win give the Braves their second longest win streak in team history. Asheville scratched the scoreboard first in the first inning when Tyler Nevin hit a sacrifice fly to give the Tourists the early 1-0 lead. The Braves tied it up in the second on a run scoring single by Kevin Josephina to leave the score at 1-1. The game remained tied until Bradley Keller (1) mashed his first home-run of the season in the seventh inning to give the Braves the 2-1 lead.  Keller just joined the club this afternoon from Danville.  That proved to be enough as Walter Borkovich came in to pitch two scoreless innings in relief to secure the win. Joey Wentz turned in another great outing going seven innings, giving up one run on two hits with nine strikeouts. Wentz (7-3) gets the win for Rome while Breiling Eusibio (3-2) suffers the loss for Asheville. Borkovich (1) picks up the save.
  • What’s next:. Asheville at 2 p.m. today.
  • Mills Fitzner’s home game photo gallery.
  • Roster updates: The Rome Braves announce the following roster moves:
    • OF Randy Ventura has been traded to the Cincinnati Reds organization
    • Rome receives OF Bradley Keller from Danville
    • LHP Tucker Davidson and LHP Troy Conyers have transferred to Danville
    • Rome receives RHP Walt Borkovich and LHP Taylor Hyssong from Danville
  • ‘Game Faces’ by Mills Fitzner: For more, click Gallery

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ATLANTA FALCONS

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

LOCAL COLLEGES

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

COMMUNITY
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: greasy.jacket@gmail.com
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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