HIGH SCHOOLS / ROME BRAVES / LOCAL COLLEGES / COMMUNITY EVENTS
Friday’s Pepperell High vs. Cedartown football game will be played at Lynn Hunnicutt Field at Dragon Stadium at 7:30 p.m. Floyd County Schools Director of Facilities David Van Hook said those who attend the game may notice there are several incomplete sections of the track that are being cured for the latex coating and striping over the entire track. There also are some areas of the stadium that are not part of the field that are covered with wheat, straw, and seed. Last week’s home opener was moved to Berry College’s Valhalla field as crews continued to finish upgrades to Dragon Field. Pepperell’s midnight madness scrimmage also was held at Valhalla. Floyd County Schools Superintendent Dr. John Jackson said Friday night’s Pepperell vs. Pickens game was an exceptionally good evening thanks to the assistance of Sports Turf Co., Berry College, Berry’s athletic department and the Pepperell Community. “We want to continue this relationship we’re building with Berry and will certainly welcome a collaborative opportunity that would allow each of our high schools to play a home football game on Bob Williams Field for seasons to come,” said Jackson. “Aside from Berry being great hosts for this athletic event, exposing our students to a beautiful college campus like that gets them to having a vision as to what their road after reaching Destination Graduation could lead to.”
The SEC has six teams in the second AP Top 25 rankings out Tuesday afternoon followed by five for the ACC.
Georgia stayed the same, at no. 15, while Alabama held at no. 1 followed by Ohio State, Clemson, Penn State and Oklahoma.
Other SEC teams ranked included no. 12 LSU, no 13 Auburn, no. 22 Florida and no. 25, Tennessee.
The ACC also includes no. 10 FSU, no. 16 Miami, No. 17 Louisvile and No. 18, Virginia Tech.
Click here for the complete list.
The 15th season of the Rome Braves is in the books, and on paper and on the field, it was a good one.
Monday afternoon’s 4-2 win over the Columbia Fireflies capped a three-game winning streak and saw the club finish above .500 for the season and for both “half seasons.” The only disappointment: The Braves missed both chances to return to the post season to defend the 2016 South Atlantic League title.
Double-digit win streaks, an unusual amount of extra-inning games and some fabulous pitching that more than rivaled the 2016 club were among the highlights. Not as strong: run production to support some of those great pitching outings.
Still, the club did just fine when it came to the annual league all-star team. The Most Outstanding Pitcher honor went to Joey Wentz. Bryce Wilson was selected as the top right-handed pitcher in the Southern Division. Rome Braves pitching Coach Dan Meyer also was named to the roster as a coach after a solid season leading Rome pitching to a 3.16 ERA which is second in the league.
Perhaps the biggest surprise came in the final hours of the season as the Atlanta organization announced Rome’s general manager since day one — and in Macon before that — Michael Dunn had been promoted. He’s now the vice president of Florida operations over the new spring training home of the organization, rising soon in North Port on the coast of Southwest Florida. His successor hasn’t been named as yet.
Also keep an eye on the proposed Rome/Floyd special purpose tax extension up for a vote on Nov. 7. Among the items included in the penny-on-the-dollar tax are improvements to State Mutual Stadium.
- First half: 38 wins, 32 losses
- Second half 36 wins, 33 losses
- 2017 total: 74 wins, 65 losses.
- In 68 home games, the Braves saw 161,444 tickets sold or 2,374 per home game. That’s slightly more than the 161,121 in 2016 — the year Rome its second league title — but the club hosted one fewer game so the attendance average was 2,405.
- The smallest of the 14 markets in the South Atlantic League, Rome finished 10th in overall attendance. Greensboro was tops with more than 350,000 fans; Kannapolis was at the bottom with 69,112.
Media release: On the final day of the 2017 season, the Rome Braves defeated the Columbia Fireflies 4-2 Monday afternoon at State Mutual Stadium before a crowd of 2,077. The Braves ended the season winning three in a row to finish with a 36-33 record in the second half and 74-65 overall. Rome jumped on the scoreboard in the first inning and never looked back as Lucas Herbert singled home Isranel Wilson for the 1-0 lead. The Braves scored twice in the fifth on a wild pitch to score a run and Jordan Rodgers added a single to plate a run making it a 3-0 game. Rome added a run in the seventh for the 4-0 score but Columbia cut the lead in half in the eighth on a two run single by Luis Carpio. Rome pitching shutdown the Fireflies the rest of the way for the 4-2 final. Ryan Schlosser (1-7) gets his first win of the season while Justin Brantley (2-4) takes the loss for Columbia.
- What’s next: Next game: 16th season opener on Thursday, April 5, vs. Hagerstown at State Mutual Stadium, 7 p.m.
- Mills Fitzner’s photo gallery for the 2017 season.
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
John McClellan’s high school picks: John McClellan’s high school picks: Five-point edge for Pepperell over Cedartown; Rome, Cartersville looking at double-digit wins. McClellan
Georgia High School Football Daily: Tuesday
Berry Vikings sports updates.
Football: Berry hosts LaGrange on Saturday at 6 p.m. Schedule
Shorter Hawks sports updates.
Football: Shorter at Tusculum (Greeneville, Tenn.) on Saturday. Schedule
Georgia Bulldogs‘ football
Dawgs will go on the road to South Bend to face Notre Dame, Saturday at 7:30 p.m., NBC.
Next: Host Jacksonville State, 12:30 p.m.
‘Bama at home vs. Fresno State, Saturday at 3:30 p.m., ESPN2.
The Falcons open regular season Sunday at 1 p.m. at Chicago. Fox TV. Click Falcons