Chick-fil-A Dwarf House Sports: Rome Braves edged 3-2 in 16-inning showdown; double header this evening. Falcons fall 23-20 to Dolphins. It’s soggy scrimmage Friday for local high schools.

Chick-fil-A Dwarf House Sports: Rome Braves edged 3-2 in 16-inning showdown; double header this evening. Falcons fall 23-20 to Dolphins. It’s soggy scrimmage Friday for local high schools.

 HIGH SCHOOLS / ROME BRAVES / LOCAL COLLEGES / COMMUNITY EVENTS

Sign’s up: Rome High welcomes Pebblebrook tonight at 7:30 at Barron Stadium for a scrimmage. Hometown photo from Thursday evening.

HIGH SCHOOL

John McClellan: 2016 was a huge year for Northwest Georgia football teams; this season could be even better. High schools

Georgia High School Football Daily. Friday

This week’s scrimmages: Please note changes to the Armuchee, Cartersville and Calhoun games for this weekend (changed games in bold type).

Kickoff forecast: Probably 82 degrees with a 3-mph wind and a possibility of light rain, thunder.

Tonight

  • Calhoun at Northwest Whitfield (moves 7 tonight.
  • Armuchee at Southeast Whitfield; game moved up to 7 p.m. because of weather threat.
  • Pickens at Coosa, 7:30 p.m.
  • Rockmart at Darlington, 7:30 p.m.
  • Cedartown at Model. Live broadcast from WGAA 1340AM in Cedartown. Listen online at rdo.to/wgaa
  • Paulding County hosts Pepperell, 7:30 p.m.
  • Pebblebrook at Rome
  • Cartersville will now host Westminster at home. Game time: 7:30 p.m. (reason: Westminster’s field was flooded by Wednesday’s rains in metro Atlanta).
  • Woodland at Adairsville
  • Gordon Central at Sonoraville
  • Chattooga at Trion

Saturday

Unity Christian v. Twiggs Academy at John Hancock Academy

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.
  • Coosa: Hosts Coahulla Creek on Aug. 25.
  • Darlington: Hosts Gaston, Ala., on Aug. 25.
  • Model: Hosts Sonoraville Aug. 25.
  • Pepperell: At Ridgeland Aug. 25. 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. Radio: Rome football games will be broadcast on @995TheJock again this fall. Listen on 99.5 FM or online at 995thejock.com.
  • Unity: Hosts Shiloh Hills Christian on Aug. 18.
  • Cartersville: At Allatoona Aug. 18.
  • Adairsville: Hosts Ridgeland Aug. 18. Hosts Cass Aug. 25.
  • Cass: Scrimmage Aug. 18 hosting Pepperell. At Adairsville Aug. 25.
  • Woodland: Hosts River Ridge Aug. 18.
  • Calhoun: Hosts Douglas Aug. 18.
  • Gordon Central: Hosts Murray County Aug. 18.
  • Sonoraville: At Model Aug. 25
  • Chattooga: Hosts Fort Payne, Ala., on Aug. 25.
  • Trion: Scrimmage Aug. 11 hosting Chattooga.
  • Rockmart: At Cedartown on Aug. 18.
  • Cedartown: Hosts Rockmart Aug. 18.

ROME BRAVES

  • Rome Braves fall 3-2 in 16 innings to The Drive.  Greenville media release: The Greenville Drive and Rome Braves played their second marathon game of the season on Thursday night at Fluor Field, but the Drive came out victorious on this night, as Bobby Dalbec cracked a walkoff homer leading off the bottom of the 16th to give the Drive a 3-2 win. Dalbec didn’t waste any time sending the home fans happy in the 16th, as he blasted Ryan Schlosser’s (0-3) first pitch of the frame 376 feet over the Green Monster. Both teams received herculean efforts from their bullpens on Thursday, as the score remained 2-2 from the sixth inning until the 16th. Tucker Tubbs (1-0) entered in from first base in the 14th inning for his fourth appearance of the season, and he fired three scoreless innings to get the win. The Drive (24-22, 65-50) bullpen totaled 10 1/3 scoreless innings in all, as Juan Florentino worked three and one-third frames, and he was followed byJared Oliver, who punched out six hitters in four innings. For the Braves (23-21, 61-53), Troy Conyers, Jon Kennedy, Matt Custred and Schlosser combined for nine scoreless innings until Dalbec’s home run. The Drive took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third when Santiago Espinal delivered an RBI single, his first of four hits on the night. Tubbs drove home a run with a single in the fourth to extend the lead off Tucker Davidson. Bryan Mata cruised through the first five innings for the Drive, but he ran into trouble in the sixth, and RBI singles by Drew Lugbauer and Carlos Martinez tied the game at two. Joining Espinal with multi-hit games for Greenville were Dalbec, Jerry Downs and Jagger Rusconi, who notched two hits apiece. Lugbauer went 4-6 to lead the way for Rome. Kevin Josephina collected three hits and was a homer shy of the cycle, while Martinez and Kurt Hoekstra added two hits apiece.
  • What’s next:. At Greenville tonight through Sunday. 7:05 tonight, Saturday; 5:35 p.m. double header Friday; 4:05 p.m. start on Sunday.
  • Mills Fitzner’s home game photo gallery.
  • Roster updates: 

ATLANTA FALCONS

Falcons downed 23-20 by Dolphins in preseason opener. Falcons

Preseason schedule:  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
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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