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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 details:
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.
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
John McClellan’s high school football playoff picks for Friday: Rome, Cartersville, Calhoun advance; Pepperell, Cedartown, Rockmart fall.McClellan
Friday night’s schedule:
- 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.
Rome’s 6th grade team will play East Paulding next Saturday for the Georgia Middle School Athletic Association 6A championship. (All of the 6A games will be at East Paulding.) Rome defeated Harrison 6-0 in triple overtime on Saturday. The Rome 7th grade team lost in the semifinals to Cambridge 30-12.
The Northwest Georgia Youth Football League Division I (higher level) championship games will be played at Hiram. Rome’s 7-year-old team will play Acworth, the 8-year-old team will play Rockmart, and the 10-year-old team will play Douglasville. The 9-year-old team lost to Milford (in Cobb County) 6-0.
Alabama no. 1, Georgia no. 7 in latest AP Top 25. Auburn moves into the No. 6 spot; Clemson at no. 4. Top 25
Berry Vikings sports updates. Football: Berry Vikings to host Huntington, 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.
Shorter Hawks sports updates. Football: Season is over.
Georgia Bulldogs: UGA hosts Kentucky, 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. CBS
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Georgia Highlands sports reports. The Chargers return to action on Monday as they travel to Gadsden State. Tip off 7:30 p.m. EST. The Lady Chargers return to action on Monday as they travel to Gadsden State, tip off at 6:30 p.m. EST.
The Falcons get a big win over the Dallas Cowboys, 27-7. Next: Nov. 20, 8:30 p.m., at Seahawks.
Rome Braves’ 16th season opener on Thursday, April 5, vs. Hagerstown at State Mutual Stadium. Mills Fitzner’s photo gallery for the 2017 season.
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.