Chick-fil-A Dwarf House Sports: Norman’s No-Nos: ‘Stay away from the Gators.’ Berry, Shorter both home Saturday. Softball, volleyball updates.

Chick-fil-A Dwarf House Sports: Norman’s No-Nos: ‘Stay away from the Gators.’ Berry, Shorter both home Saturday. Softball, volleyball updates.

 HIGH SCHOOLS / ROME BRAVES / LOCAL COLLEGES / COMMUNITY EVENTS

LOCAL COLLEGES
Norman’s No-Nos:  My lesson from last week? Stay away from the Gators. Click No-Nos.

Berry Vikings sports updates. Football: Berry hosts Hendrix, 2 p.m. Saturday. Schedule

Freebie alert for area local youth at the Berry Vikings’ next home football game: The Vikings host Hendrix at 2 p.m. Saturday and it will be a special event, a Youth & Community Appreciation Game. What’s planned:

  • Anyone who is a member of a youth athletic organization (sports team, ballet, anything) who shows up wearing a jersey/competition apparel will get into the game free with two parents. (three free tickets in all).
  • Starting two hours before kickoff (noon), we will have bounce houses, food and other activities for all those attending.
  • For more: Vikings Football

Shorter Hawks sports updates. Football: Shorter hosts North Alabama, Saturday at 1 p.m. at Barron Stadium. Schedule.

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

John McClellan: Pepperell vs. Rockmart, Darlington vs. Trion, Coosa vs. Dade County among week’s top games. McClellan
This Friday’s games:

Pepperell at Rockmart. Radio: Q102

Woodland at East Paulding.

Sandy Creek at  Cartersville. Radio: 100.5 FM, AM 1450 WBHF

Unity Christian School at Harvester Christian Academy.

Chattooga  at Model.

Dade County at Coosa.

Cass at Rome. Radio: 99.5 FM The Jock.

Trion at Darlington. Radio: 1410 AM

Armuchee at Gordon Central.

Adairsville at Sonoraville. 

OFF: Calhoun, Cedartown, Georgia School for the Deaf 

SOFTBALL

The Armuchee Lady Indians took two from host Social Circle Wednesday night to advance to round two of the AA state playoffs. Photo courtesy of Chip Hood.
  • 1A private: Darlington hosts Galloway at 2 and 4 p.m. today.
  • 2A: Pepperell vs. Banks County: Dragons lost the first game, rebounded to win game two,7-4. Finale today at 4 p.m.
  • -Armuchee vs. Social Circle: Armuchee sweeps to advance to round two; 6-4 and 6-1.
  • -Rockmart vs. Elbert County: Rockmart wins, 12-3, 11-1. Next: Home vs. Heard County, double header, 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18
  • 3A: Calhoun 19-0 over Cedar Grove in game one; 16-0 game two. Next: Home vs Franklin County, double header, Wednesday, Oct. 18.
  • 4A: Cedartown swept by Heritage, 6-1 and 10-0; season over.
  • Full brackets, schedules. (Or check GHSA now)
  • Coaches, please report scores by adding @hometown to your Twitter update.

VOLLEYBALL

  • 1A private: Darlington at Our Lady of Mercy
  • 2A: Washington at Armuchee
  • Kipp at Coosa, 6 p.m. Tuesday (AA Sweet 16)
  • Chattooga vs. Douglass
  • Pepperell at. Rabun County (Pepperell Volleyball will play its first state playoff match in school history).
  • 3A: Sonoraville at Savannah
  • 4A: Chestatee at Cartersville
  • 5A: Rome at Chamblee (awaiting results; please send via Twitter, @hometown)
  • Fall brackets for the playoffs: GHSA

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Berry Vikings sports updates. Football: Berry hosts Hendrix, 2 p.m. Saturday. Schedule

Freebie alert for area local youth at the Berry Vikings’ next home football game: The Vikings host Hendrix at 2 p.m. Saturday and it will be a special event, a Youth & Community Appreciation Game. What’s planned:

  • Anyone who is a member of a youth athletic organization (sports team, ballet, anything) who shows up wearing a jersey/competition apparel will get into the game free with two parents. (three free tickets in all).
  • Starting two hours before kickoff (noon), we will have bounce houses, food and other activities for all those attending.
  • For more: Vikings Football

Shorter Hawks sports updates. Football: Shorter hosts North Alabama, Saturday at 1 p.m. at Barron Stadium. Schedule.

Georgia Bulldogs‘ football. No. 5 Georgia hosts Missouri, Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Saturday at Miami,  3:30 p.m.; ABC.

Alabama Crimson Tide.  Alabama hosts Arkansas at 7:15 p.m. Saturday.

Norman’s No-Nos: New picks coming Thursday. Norman was eight for 10 last week. For the year: 50 right, 10 not-so-right.

Final TV schedule for the other SEC games this Saturday: South Carolina at Tennessee, Noon, ESPN; Auburn at LSU, 3:30 p.m., CBS; Texas A& M at Florida, 7 p.m., ESPN 2

MORE COLLEGE UPDATES
The Berry Vikings lost Wednesday night by Covenant College, falling 2-1 in double overtime. Release

Georgia Highlands sports reports.

Georgia Northwestern Technical College sports updates

COMMUNITY SPORTS

550 already signed up for Saturday’s Harbin Hero Hustle in downtown Rome on Saturday.  Online registration is now closed but you can register at Rome Floyd Parks and Rec at 1 Shorter Ave. or on race day (see below). When you do, you’ll be helping one of the five local charities competing for the $1,000 prize from Harbin Clinic. Those in the running include: Rome Floyd YMCA, Summit Quest, The Sweet Cocoon, Floyd County CASA, Living Proof Recovery. 

Expanded report: Race-day registration costs $30 for the 5K race. Last year’s event drew more than 450 participants with many of them paying homage to their favorite superheroes and villains. “I never imagined so many super heroes lived in the friendly confines of Rome and Floyd County,” RFPRD Director Kevin Cowling says. “I can’t wait to see the amazing costumes and the fast times our local heroes turn in again this year.”  A fun, fast course awaits this year’s group of heroes. The event also offers a way to help participants give back to a local charity in the Harbin Hero Challenge. During online registration and race-day registration, registrants can select one of five charities to support, earning that charity points in the Hero Challenge. The costume categories are: Best hero or villain; best junior hero (age 10 and under); Best league of heroes (two or more heroes). After the race concludes and the hustling heroes have once again saved the day, awards will be presented to race and age group winners. The charity which tallies the most points will be crowned the Harbin Hero Challenge winner and earn a $1,000 donation.

Race day details: Registration from 8:30-9:30 a.m.  Start times: 5K at 10 a.m.; walk at 10:05 a.m. Starts at Bridgepoint Plaza, ends at Town Green.

Race day forecast (10 a.m.): 68 degrees, 3-mph breeze; light rain possible.

ATLANTA FALCONS

The Falcons host the Miami Dolphins at 1 p.m. Oct. 15; game on CBS.

ROME BRAVES

  • 16th season opener on Thursday, April 5, vs. Hagerstown at State Mutual Stadium. Mills Fitzner’s photo gallery for the 2017 season.

COMMUNITY SPORTS

Half Marathon, companion events return Dec. 2, to benefit local high school teams: To register and for more information: www.romehalf.com or contact GoGo Running at The Shoe Box at 706-291-0752.

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