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Mendenhall's TD in OT leads Steelers over Falcons

Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Rashard Mendenhall broke off a 50-yard game-
winning touchdown run on the Steelers' first play of overtime as Pittsburgh
persevered for a 15-9 win over Atlanta in a defensive battle at Heinz Field.

After the Falcons faltered on the first possession of OT, Michael Koenen's
poor 36-yard punt from the 14-yard-line gave the Steelers prime field

Mendenhall wasted little time in making it count, bursting through a hole off
right tackle sealed off by a textbook block from tight end David Johnson on
his way to the end zone.

Mendenhall ended with 120 yards on 22 carries while Hines Ward came up huge
for Dennis Dixon with six catches for 108 yards.

"It's the Same as if it Just Happened Yesterday"

ATLANTA, GA - Poet and philosopher George Santayana is credited with first saying, "Those who can't remember the past are doomed to repeat it".

On Saturday many Americans paused to remember the day that is frozen in our memories, when terrorists attacked New York City, Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania.

Metro Atlanta held several observances, large and small.

One of the biggest took place at Turner Field just before Saturday afternoon's Braves game.

A procession of Atlanta police and firefighters filed around the bases to honor the sacrifices of their New York City comrades on that day 9 years ago.

But the color guard was the real thing, a group of retired New York City police and firefighters now living in the Metro Atlanta area.

They are veterans of that nightmare that took so many of their friends.

North Gwinnett Bulldogs In The National Spotlight

This is a good week to live in Suwanee and be a fan of North Gwinnett High School football.
Not only is the team undefeated at this point in the young season, but it beat a high profile
California prep team last week and has gained national recognition as a result.
If you'd expect banners from the light poles and honking in the streets...not yet.

Yep. They're lining up outside coach Bob Sphire's office to shake his hand and pound him on the back.

Actually, coach Sphire is pretty much by himself today...looking at game video....in the dark.


"We're three and oh" said North Gwinnett High School football head coach Bob Sphire. "So what! We're oh and oh in our region.">












Massey Matchups Picks Week Three Winners

FLOWERY BRANCH, GA -- Flowery Branch and Apalachee won the vote for Game of the Week, but who will win the game? Massey Matchups lets us know.

With the edge of home field advantage, Flowery Branch is predicted to squeak by Apalachee with a 25-23 win. Massey Matchups takes a game's venue into account by allowing a fan to choose which team is home, away, or playing on a neutral field. In this particular case, home field was the deciding factor. When Apalachee is switched from visitor to home team, Apalchee gets the 24-23 nod.

If the two teams were to play on a neutral field, Massey Matchups predicts Apalachee and Flowery Branch would play to a draw. But the Falcons are at home, so the Massey Matchups gives the benefit of the doubt to Flowery Branch.

Gwinnett Tech Student Receives Photography Honor

Gustavo Romero, a Gwinnett Technical College Commercial Photography student,  has been honored by Mac-On-Campus as its student of the month. The honor earned the student the opportunity to showcase his work on the Mac-On-Campus website, which features 30 of Romero's photographs.

Mac-On-Campus is a college subsidiary of Mac Group, a leading photography supply company. The Mac-On-Campus program provides photography students with educational resources including equipment demonstrations and training to use different photography equipment, in addition to offering discounted items for students. 

Romero says,  "I was amazed that they selected me. The recognition was something that I did not expect."

Romero’s portfolio can be viewed on the Mac-On-Campus site at www.mac-on-campus.com/Gallery/Portfolio/3678.aspx.

Weekend Lane Closures and Alternates

Weekend Lane Closures

September 10 - 13, 2010

DeKalb: Major Roadwork on I-20 EB This Weekend
9 pm Fri - 5 am Mon: Two left lanes closed on I-20 eastbound between 1 mile east of Wesley Chapel Rd. and 1 mile east of Panola Rd. Two travel lanes open at all times. Motorists should expect heavy delays during these hours and are strongly advised to use alternate routes.

I-20 Eastbound Alternate (North of I-20) : Exit onto Candler Road and go left. Follow Candler road to Glenwood Road. Go right onto Glenwood Road and follow to Covington Hwy. Go right onto Covington Hwy and follow to Evans Mill Road. Go right and follow back to I-20 Eastbound.

Region 8-4A Battle Wins Game of the Week Honors

FLOWERY BRANCH, GA -- The votes are in and with 41.1 percent of the tally, Atlanta.HighSchoolSports.net's Game of the Week is Apalachee at Flowery Branch.

The Region 8-4A match-up features a 1-0 Apalachee team and the 2-0 Falcons. Flowery Branch beat Madison County 21-0 on the road and topped Winder-Barrow 28-0 at home.

Apalachee beat Habersham Central 35-7 at home, but now the Wildcats are on the road facing a team that has yet to give up a single point.

Up from 3A, Flowery Branch will be playing a host of new region teams, including Apalachee, whom they have never met. Though still early in the season, this game could be a big clue as to how Region 8-4A will play out.

With 36 percent of this week's vote, Peachtree Ridge-Newnan almost edged out the Falcon-Wildcat match-up. But a late rush of votes put the battle at the Branch on top.