Some are wondering if Marietta’s boys team is a legitimate contender this year with its 12-3 start and first Top 10 ranking since 2007.
The answer might come Tuesday, when No. 4 Wheeler visits the Marietta Garden a game that will decided first place in Region 5-AAAAA. Marietta, ranked No. 8, beat Woodstock 69-63 on Friday to move to 11-3 overall, 5-0 in the region.
Marietta – which has had losing records the past two seasons – lost the first two games this season to Lithia Springs and Alexander when several key players, including starters Anthony Jennings and Jaylen Hill, were involved in the football playoffs. Marietta is 12-1 since.
Marietta’s biggest question mark is size. Matt Lyons, the team’s third-year coach, is the tallest member of the program at 6-foot-4. He’s a former West Georgia player who assisted at Carrollton for nine seasons. He was hired in 2009-10 to replace retiring Charlie Hood, who won two state championships and more than 700 games at Marietta.