Chick-fil-A Dwarf House Sports: ‘Bama wins battle of the young guns to take national championship. Fan photos from the game. Final AP top 25. Plus: Latest high school basketball rankings for Model girls, Cartersville boys.

Chick-fil-A Dwarf House Sports: ‘Bama wins battle of the young guns to take national championship. Fan photos from the game. Final AP top 25. Plus: Latest high school basketball rankings for Model girls, Cartersville boys.

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Julie and Jason Free at Monday night’s game. Were you there? Send us a photo with you and/or your group and we’ll add to this gallery today. Please send to: druck@hometownheadlines.com
ABOVE: Charlie Jackson of Rome takes part in some of the pregame festivities Monday evening in Atlanta. BELOW: Charlie joined a lot of other Bulldog fans in disappointment following Alabama’s miracle ending.

Two freshmen quarterbacks — one starting since the season’s first game, the other coming in at the beginning of the third quarter of the national championship, battle to determine the nation’s no. 1 college football championship.

Georgia, Alabama battle into overtime before bomb from Tide’s Tagovailoa ends it, 26-23. From the SEC: “Tua Tagovailoa threw a 41-yard touchdown to DeVonta Smith to give No. 4 Alabama a 26-23 overtime victory against No. 3 Georgia to win the College Football Playoff national championship Monday night. Tagovailoa entered the game at halftime, replacing a struggling Jalen Hurts, and threw three touchdown passes, including the game-ender to give the Crimson Tide its fifth national championship since 2009 under coach Nick Saban. After Alabama kicker Andy Pappanastos missed a 36-yard field goal that would have won it for the Tide (13-1) in the final seconds of regulation, Georgia (13-2) took the lead with a 51-yard field goal from Rodrigo Blankenship in overtime. Tagovailoa took a terrible sack on Alabama’s first play of overtime, losing 16 yards. On the next play he found Smith, another freshman, streaking down the sideline and hit him in stride for the national championship. This game will be remembered for Saban’s decision to change quarterbacks trailing 13-0.” More at SEC

Please click here for the final AP Top 25 football teams from the 2017 season.

  • SEC: No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Georgia, No.  10 Auburn, No . 18 LSU, No. 19 MIssissippi State.
  • ACC: No. 4 Clemson, no. 13 Miami, No. 23 N.C. State, No. 24 Virginia Tech.
  • Big Ten: Five in the top 25 starting with Ohio State at No. 5.
  • UCF: No. 6 (finally in the top 10).

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL

Latest rankings with Sandy’s Spiel’s weekly report.

  • 4A: Cartersville boys, no. 9 (10-2)
  • 2A: Model girls, no. 7 (11-3)
COLLEGE BASKETBALL
  • Berry men:  Next: Host Centre College on Friday at 8 p.m.
  • Berry women: Next: Host Centre College on Friday at 6 p.m.
  • Shorter women: Tuesday vs. Montevallo, 6:30 p.m.
  • Shorter men: Tuesday vs. Montevallo, 8:30 p.m.
  • GHC women: Wednesday at home versus South Georgia Tech, tip off 5:30 p.m.
  • GHC men: Wednesday at home versus South Georgia Tech. Tip off 7:30 p.m.

ATLANTA FALCONS

Next up:  Atlanta travels to Philadelphia to take on the top-seeded Eagles (13-3).The game is set for 4:35 p.m. Saturday on NBC.

  • Last matchup: Eagles won, 24-15, on Nov. 13, 2016, in Philadelphia.
  • All-time series record: Eagles lead, 18-14-1 (includes postseason)
  • Track the NFL Playoffs.

BASEBALL 

Jan. 29: The 2018 Hot Stove Gathering will be held at the Forum River Center in downtown Rome from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m.  Scheduled guests include the Rome Braves’ field staff of manager Rocket Wheeler, hitting coach Bobby Moore, pitching coach Dan Meyer and new trainer Vic Scarpone.  New Rome Braves General Manager Jim Bishop and Atlanta Braves manager Brian Snitker will also be on hand. Tickets are available now and are $15 in advance ($20 at the door). Children’s tickets are $10 in advance ($12 at the door).  Season ticket holders can take advantage of getting two tickets for $25 if they purchase now.  VIP tickets include a cocktail reception meet and greet with the evening’s special guests and gift bag.  VIP tickets can be purchased for $25 in advance and $30 at the door.  All tickets are available at the State Mutual Stadium ticket office or online at romebraves.com. VIP tickets also can be purchased from the Rome High baseball team.

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

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