Marist 43, Carrollton 37 (5 OTs)

By S. Thomas Coleman
For The AJC

In a game befitting two of the best programs in the state, Marist outlasted Carrollton, 43-37, in five overtimes to advance to the Class AAAA quarterfinals.

Senior quarterback Myles Willis sprinted in from 15 yards out on the first play of the fifth overtime, and then the War Eagle defense kept Carrollton out of the end zone to preserve the win.

The trip to the third round will be the first for the War Eagles (11-1) since 2008, when they went all the way to the state finals before bowing out to Tucker, 15-3. Carrollton (8-4) was denied its fifth trip to the quarterfinals in the last seven seasons.

The contest was an even battle throughout, with each team converting key first downs to keep drives going, but also coming up with stops to prevent scores as well.

With the game tied at 13 late in the fourth quarter, Carrollton came up with what at the time was the stop of the game when the Trojans forced Marist to punt from the War Eagles’ 33 yard line. Marist’s punter had the kick go off the side of his foot and Carrollton took over at midfield with 28 seconds left in regulation.

Two passes from Carrollton junior quarterback Wil Garrett to junior receiver Andrew Turner, moved the Trojans into field goal range for standout junior kicker Tyler Newsome, who was already a perfect 2-for-2 on the night, after hitting from 40 and 25 yards out.

But Marist senior Gray King darted in from the near corner and blocked Newsome’s 42-yard attempt to send the game into over time.

The teams traded touchdowns in the first session. Gray King scored on a toss sweep on the first play of Marist’s first possession. Carrollton countered with a 1-yard touchdown run by junior Trey Chivers, on fourth-and-goal. Chivers was initially stopped behind the line of scrimmage but wiggled and battled his way into the end zone.

In the second overtime, Newsome drilled a 25-yard field goal, that was matched by a 27-yarder by Marist’s Thomas Andrews on the War Eagle’s possession, to make the score 23-23 heading into the third overtime.

Willis scored from 2-yards out to give Marist the lead, and with the teams having to go for two on touchdowns scored after the first overtime, Gray King darted in to make the score 31-23. But the Trojans answered with a 2-yard touchdown run by Chivers and a pass from Garrett to Chip Murrah, to knot the score again at 31.

Both teams scored touchdowns again in overtime period No. 4, Garrett on a 1-yard run for Carrollton and Gray King on a 2-yard run for Marist. But both defenses held on the two-point conversion tries, forcing a fifth overtime.

For the second time in overtime, Willis scored on the first play on an option keeper to  put Marist ahead 43-37, in the fifth overtime period.  Then on Carrollton’s possession, the Marist defense forced the Trojans into their first four-and-out of the game at precisely the right time, as Garrett’s roll out pass on fourth-and-five fell incomplete in the endzone.

Marist 7 6 0 0 7 3 8 6 6 43

Carrollton 0 10 3 0 7 3 8 6 0 37

M – Myles Willis 9 run (Thomas Andrews kick good)

C – Tyler Newsome 40 fg

C – Wil Garrett 1 run (Newsome kick)

M – Gray King 1 run (kick failed)

C – Newsome 25 fg

M – King 15 run

C – Trey Chivers 1 run (Newsome kick)

C – Newsome 25 fg

M – Andrews 27 fg

M – Griffin King 2 run (Gray King run)

C – Chivers 2 run (Chip Murrah pass from Garrett)

C – Garrett 1 run (pass failed)

M – Gray King 2 run (pass failed)

18 comments Add your comment

Bird Dog Bear

November 23rd, 2012
11:35 pm

Wish I could have seen this one!!

WarEagle

November 23rd, 2012
11:41 pm

What a great game! Two very well coached teams played their hearts out. Too bad someone had to lose, but glad it was not Marist. Congrats to Carrollton for a great season.

Oops

November 23rd, 2012
11:42 pm

@S. Thomas — Nick Carrier (No,19) is not the punter for Marist. No. 15 is the punter.

Oops

November 24th, 2012
12:09 am

And Marist failed on the last two-point conversion.

Go Trojans!

November 24th, 2012
12:32 am

Congratulations to Marist. Great night of football. As expected, Marist was a great host. Classy group of players, coaches and fans. If there was any trouble, I didn’t see it or hear about it.

I’ll bet both teams are exhausted after that battle. Both left it on the field.

Good luck War Eagles for the rest of the playoffs.

The Trojans will return next year even stronger!

WarEagle

November 24th, 2012
12:40 am

Carrollton traveled well and had great fan support. Good to see such support from their community. What a great band too. Just a perfect high school football night!

Wow

November 24th, 2012
12:59 am

Wow, what a game. Two terrific programs. Marist jumps out early, Carrollton really controls the entire second half. Marist looks tired but manages the win. Again, two solid teams. Marist has to feel great with another clutch win and hats off to Carrollton. A great night of football and a shame anyone had to lose.

Paying Attention

November 24th, 2012
9:23 am

OOps again

November 24th, 2012
9:35 am

S. Thomas Coleman does not concern himself with the details of the story. His concern is for the tone of his story to match his feelings on the game. Never admits his errors either. I don’t believe he actually attends the game. He relies on a couple of the marching band members to text him with a play by play… Thanks @Paying Attention for you link to the real story about the game. AJC needs to find a writer for the Marist games….. bad – really poor reporting AGAIN and again……

S. Thomas Coleman

November 24th, 2012
11:00 am

@Oops: Thanks, it’s corrected.

S. Thomas Coleman

S. Thomas Coleman

November 24th, 2012
11:00 am

@Oops: Thanks, again, it’s corrected.

S. Thomas Coleman

S. Thomas Coleman

November 24th, 2012
11:02 am

@Oops again: Thanks for reading.

Congrats to both Marist and Carrollton on a fantastic game!

S. Thomas Coleman

FAN

November 24th, 2012
11:33 am

I was pretty familiar with Marist and knew their players. But Carrollton, oh wow..they were GOOD. #17, 1, 81, the junior safety (can’t remember his number) and the kicker were really special. Fans were great, players were great and band was great. Best HS game ever.

Go Trojans!

November 24th, 2012
1:48 pm

Anyone from Carrollton know why Jarvis Terrell didn’t play last night?

trojan24

November 24th, 2012
9:10 pm

jarvis had flu

trojan024

November 24th, 2012
9:11 pm

MaristDad

November 25th, 2012
5:00 pm

Great game Friday night. Like two heavy weights slugging it out in the middle of the ring. The overtime periods were incredible. This one was worth the price of admission!!! Too bad that one team had to lose. Carrollton players, coaches, and fans were a class act!!! With the talent that they will have coming back next year, Carrollton should be pre-season top 5 in AAAA. Congrats to both teams for delivering such an entertaining game. Good luck to Marist as they confront Stockbridge next week!!!

trojan024

November 25th, 2012
5:50 pm

maristdad thank you it want a great great game and the best i have seen and i will watch your team in 3 week on t v at dome. good luck to marist a good team.