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COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Broome recalls Tech’s big win

Tim Broome has already heard that his Yellow Jackets don’t have a chance Saturday against Georgia on at Bobby Dodd Stadium.

Broome, however, was on a team that was an example of why they play the game.

Broome, who played his high school career for the Coosa Eagles, was on the 1969 Yellow Jackets team that upset then-favorite Georgia 6-0 in Tech’s season finale 50 years ago.

While the Jackets didn’t have a breakout season that year — finishing with a 4-6 record — the win against the Bulldogs was more than enough for Broome and his teammates.

“To me, if we went 1-9 and beat Georgia, our season was made,” Broome said. “That’s the way we pretty much felt about it.”

The team was coached by Bud Carson, who was in his third year at the helm after replacing longtime head coach Bobby Dodd. Broome played on the defensive line all four seasons under Carson from 1967 to 1970 and was part of a group of athletes called the Lost Dodd Boys — players who were recruited to Tech by Dodd but didn’t get to play for him.

Just like today, Broome said his team back in the late 1960s dealt with people saying there was no way they would take down Georgia.

“We didn’t take too kindly to some of the things that were being said and were being written,” Broome said. “We beat them 6-0, and it went down as one of the biggest wins in the history of our football team. It was a huge win for Tech at that point.”

The Bulldogs finished 5-5-1 that season, dropping their last three games, including a 45-6 loss to No. 14-ranked Nebraska in the Sun Bowl to close out their season.

This season, Broome agreed it doesn’t look great for the Yellow Jackets. The team, under first-year head coach Geoff Collins, has struggled so far, losing three of its last five games and sitting at 3-8 on the year.

On the other side, Georgia is ranked No. 4, has won five straight games and owns a 10-1 record with its only loss coming from an double-overtime upset by South Carolina.

While those are daunting accomplishments, Broome cited the loss to the Gamecocks as proof that anything can happen.

“Georgia is not the same team that came onto the field in 1969,” Broome said. “They’re good, they’re great, but anybody can lose. Look at the South Carolina game. I don’t think we’re going to beat them down, but our philosophy was if you can beat them off the ball, you’ve got a chance to disrupt anything they’re trying to do.”

Broome got his start in football on the local stage, playing for the Coosa Eagles under longtime head coach Branch Bragg. In 1966, his senior season, he was a first-team AJC All-State selection and chosen as Lineman of the Year as the Eagles finished with an 8-3 record.

Broome said the 50th anniversary of the 1969 game has brought up several memories, including the recent loss of former Georgia Tech teammate Steve Foster, who died earlier this year after battling an illness.

“I wish there was some way people could be thinking about Steve,” Broome said. “He was one of my best friends, and he was a big supporter of Georgia Tech. It’s kind of a sad time, but it brings back old memories as well.”

NFL|Saints 26, Falcons 18
Saints beat Falcons to clinch third straight NFC South title

ATLANTA Taysom Hill blocked a punt to set up his 3-yard touchdown catch, later scored on a 30-yard run and the New Orleans Saints clinched their third straight NFC South title by beating the Atlanta Falcons 26-18 on Thursday night.

With Julio Jones inactive due to a shoulder injury, the Falcons had too little offense to keep pace with Drew Brees and the Saints. Atlanta recovered two onside kicks in the closing minutes, including one with 1:54 remaining, to make things interesting.

Matt Ryan was sacked by Cameron Jordan on a fourth-down play from the New Orleans 44 with 38 seconds remaining. Ryan was sacked nine times, including four by Jordan.

The Saints (10-2) atoned for their 26-9 home loss to the Falcons on Nov. 10. It was the Saints’ only loss in their last 10 games.

The versatile Hill blocked Ryan Allen’s punt to end Atlanta’s first possession. The Saints took over at the Falcons 30, and four plays later Hill scored his first touchdown on the short pass from Brees.

Hill took a direct snap and ran 30 yards for his first rushing touchdown of the season to give New Orleans a 17-6 lead late in the first half.

The disappointing Falcons (3-9) solidified their hold on last place in the division with their second straight home loss.

Atlanta running back Devonta Freeman returned after missing two games with a foot sprain. Freeman ran for 51 yards on 17 carries.

Ryan committed three second-half turnovers — two interceptions and a lost fumble. Saints nose tackle Shy Tuttle and safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson had interceptions.

Ryan fumbled in the fourth quarter when hit by Marcus Davenport. Vonn Bell’s recovery set up Will Lutz’s fourth field goal, from 45 yards.

Eli Apple’s 22-yard pass-interference penalty helped extend an Atlanta drive that ended with a fourth-down incompletion from the Saints 2.

Apple drew another pass interference call, this one a 35-yarder, and on the next play Ryan found tight end Jaeden Graham for an 18-yard touchdown pass that cut the Saints’ lead to 7-6, following Younghoe Koo’s missed extra point.

Koo also missed a 42-yard field goal before making a 45-yarder with 3 seconds remaining in the first half. Koo was good from 43 yards late in the game.

With Jones missing a game for the first time since 2016, and Atlanta tight ends Austin Hooper and Luke Stocker held out with injuries, Ryan had to look for new targets.

Ryan threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Russell Gage with less than four minutes remaining. Christian Blake had six catches for 57 yards.


Saints: Kiko Alonso left the game with a thigh injury. ... The offensive line remained short-handed as left tackle Terron Armstead was inactive after leaving last week’s win over Carolina with an ankle injury. Left guard Andrus Peat missed his third straight game since breaking his arm against Atlanta on Nov. 10.

Falcons: Left guard James Carpenter left the game with a concussion in the first half. Jamon Brown, who lost his starting job at right guard to Wes Schweitzer, returned to the game following Carpenter’s injury. ... Backup offensive tackle Ty Sambrailo suffered a hamstring injury.


The Saints return home to play San Francisco on Dec. 8.

The Falcons play their fifth straight game against an NFC South rival when they face Carolina on Dec. 8. The Falcons beat the Panthers 29-3 on Nov. 17.


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VOLLEYBALL: Coosa's Thacker to join D-I UNC Asheville

After helping her high school team to a three-peat, Kasey Thacker has her collegiate plans starting to fall into place.

The Coosa senior signed last week to continue her volleyball and education career with the University of North Carolina-Asheville, a Division I school that competes as part of the Big South conference.

Thacker, along with a talented group of seniors, helped the Lady Eagles become one of the top volleyball programs in the state over the last four seasons. Coosa won its third straight state championship this past season, pulling off a comeback over Elite Scholars Academy after being down two sets to one.

It was in that game that Thacker broke her own school record for most kills in a single match with 24, which put her career total at 1,564.

Thacker is the two-time Class AA/A Public Player of the Year as voted on by the Georgia Volleyball Coaches Association, as well as a two-time GVCA All-State selection.

This season saw her also named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association All-Region Team for Region 3, which includes players from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Thacker has also been named the Area 6-AA/A Public Player of the Year and Coosa’s Volleyball Player of the Year as both a junior and senior. She finished this season with 595 kills, 136 aces, 283 digs and a .382 hitting percentage.

For 28 straight years, Model High School has enjoyed a tradition of basketball action on Thanksgiving morning. Around 30-35 players showed up …