Updated: Chick-fil-A Dwarf House Sports: John McClellan’s high school football playoff picks for this Friday. College football: Berry to host Huntingdon Saturday in opening round of playoffs.  AP Top 25: Alabama no. 1, Georgia no. 7. Shorter’s season ends with 52-0 loss.

Updated: Chick-fil-A Dwarf House Sports: John McClellan’s high school football playoff picks for this Friday. College football: Berry to host Huntingdon Saturday in opening round of playoffs. AP Top 25: Alabama no. 1, Georgia no. 7. Shorter’s season ends with 52-0 loss.

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John McClellan’s high school football playoff picks for Friday: Rome, Cartersville, Calhoun advance; Pepperell, Cedartown, Rockmart fall. McClellan

Berry Vikings to host Huntingdon, 9-1, the USA South Champion, at Valhalla on Saturday. The winner of that game moves on to face the St. Thomas (Minn.) vs. Eureka victor.

The NCAA Division III Football Committee announced Sunday the field of 32 teams for the 2017 NCAA Division III Football Championship, with the Berry College Vikings selected to host the Huntingdon College Hawks on Saturday at noon to open round one play.  The No. 18 Vikings were one of 25 automatic qualifiers for the NCAA Playoffs, having clinched the Southern Athletic Association title outright on Saturday with a 24-21 win over Trinity (Texas) which sealed the team’s first 10-0 season. Huntingdon also earned an automatic bid out of the USA South after posting a 9-1 record on the year including an unbeaten 7-0 in league play.
It will be the two program’s first meeting, although the two have held preseason scrimmages for the past several years. Berry will enter Saturday’s matchup averaging 34.2 points per contest and has allowed just 15.6 points on the year. Huntingdon is averaging 36.8 points per contest and allowing 19.8. Ticket prices will be $10 for adults, $5 for students with student identification and seniors. Children 2 years of age and younger are free. Additional information will be released later in the week pertaining to advance ticket sales through the Berry Student Activities Office. As an NCAA Championship event, no free admission will be available.

Alabama no. 1, Georgia no. 7 in latest AP Top 25. Auburn moves into the No. 6 spot; Clemson at no. 4. Top 25

Antonio White hoists the Southern Athletic Association trophy after Berry’s 24-21 win over Trinity University. Photo by Matthew McConnell/Berry College. Expanded game reports for Berry, Shorter. Click college football 

 

That’s the ol’ ball coach, Steve Spurrier, with Darlington student Gatlin Hancock following Berry’s win Saturday afternoon. Spurrier was in town to watch his grandson, Davis King, play for Trinity.

Georgia Bulldogs‘ heartbreaker: Auburn stuns playoff favorite Georgia 40-17. First loss this season for the Bulldogs. Next: UGA hosts Kentucky, 3:30 p.m. Nov. 18. CBS

Berry Vikings sports updates. Football: Wraps up 10-0 regular season for the first time in the program’s brief five-year history with 24-21 win over Trinity. Next: Playoffs with opponent to be announced this evening. We’ll have updates.  Schedule

Shorter Hawks sports updates. Football: Shorter closes season with an 0-11 record following decimation by Valdosta State, 52-0. It was the Hawks’ 28 consecutive football loss, dating back to September 2015. Schedule.

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Tech stunns no. 17 Virginia Tech, 28-22.  Next: At Duke, 3:30 p.m. Nov. 18.

Alabama Crimson Tide.   Alabama edges Mississippi State 31-24. Next: Hosts Mercer, noon, Nov. 18.

Norman’s No-Nos: How did Norman pick’em on Saturday? No-Nos

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

  • 5A—Rome. Next: Hosts Southwest DeKalb.
  • 4A—Cartersville. Next: Plays Blessed Trinity.
  • 4A–Cedartown. Next: Travels to Marist.
  • 3A—Calhoun. Next: Hosts Monroe Area.
  • 2A—Pepperell.  Next: Heard County.
  •  2A — Rockmart. Next: Hosts Callaway
  • 1A private —  Darlington. Next: At Aquinas.
  • High school playoff brackets: 5A / 4A / 3A / 2A / A

John McClellan’s High School Football playoff picks: Next round posting this evening.

All the Rome teams won this afternoon in semifinals of Northwest Georgia Youth Football League.

  • 10-year-old team beat Acworth 34-0.
  • 8-year-old beat Douglasville 12-0.
  • 7-year-old beat Rockmart 30-28.
  • All play for championship next Saturday at Hiram.
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Georgia Highlands sports reports.  The Chargers basketball team fell to Cape Fear College 82-73 in the second day of the Dana Davis Classic Basketball Tournament held at Georgia Highlands College. The teams traded baskets throughout the game in the back and forth affair. GHC led most of the entire first half with Cape Fear taking its first lead at 1:08 mark of the first half, 40-39 at the half. The Chargers went on a run early in the second half going up 51-42. However, the Chargers could not take care of the basketball, giving up 26 turnovers for the game and Cape Fear came storming back taking the lead for good at 7:12 of the second half and did not look back building a their largest lead of the night 82-70. GHC cut into the Sea Devils lead but it wasn’t enough and Cape Fear won the game at the free throw line going 19/21 from the line. ” This was another tough loss to a quality team, we have to learn we have to take better care of the basketball “, said Charger Head Coach Phil Gaffney. The Chargers were led by Sha Linton Brown who had 14 points. The Chargers return to action on Monday as they travel to Gadsden State. Tip off 7:30 p.m. EST.

LadyChargers defeat Snead State 60-57.  The Lady Chargers played their first game of the year at the Corral and came away with a tough fought win 60-57 over Snead State. Georgia Highlands got out to a fast start leading 9-2 and had control throughout the first half leading 34-23 at the break. The Lady Chargers keep up the pace in second half early pulling out to their largest lead of the night 38-23. However, Snead State fought back late in the second half to go on a 10-0 run of their own to cut the Lady Chargers lead to 3 with a shot at the buzzer to tie the game but it fell short. The Lady Chargers return to action on Monday as they travel to Gadsden State , tip off at 6:30 p.m. EST.

Berry Volleyball’s season comes to an end with 3-0 loss in regional final to Emory. The most successful season in Berry College volleyball’s NCAA Division III era came to a close on Saturday night, as the Vikings fell to Emory University 3-0 in the regional finals. Berry closed the year 30-7 after advancing to the regional championship match for the first time in program history. It was also just the second 30-win season since Berry added volleyball in 2003. The banner year improved head coach Caitlyn Moriarty’s record at the helm to 53-17 in two seasons. Volleyball

Berry Cross Country sends two to Nationals at regional meet: The Berry College Cross Country teams competed at the South/Southeast Regional Championship in Newport News, Va., on Saturday afternoon, sending both Alainna Chretien and Abby Carroll to nationals with fifth and eleventh place finishes, respectively. Overall, the women’s team placed 7th out of 34 teams while the men earned an 11th place finish out of 32 programs. XC

ATLANTA FALCONS

The Falcons host the Dallas Cowboys, 4:25 this afternoon. Next: Nov. 20, 8:30 p.m., at Seahawks.

BASEBALL

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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