Marietta 52, Newnan 21

Newnan – The start could hardly have been sloppier for the Marietta Blue Devils.

They managed 17 yards in the first quarter, turned the ball over to end their first possession and amassed more than 100 yards in penalties in the first half.

When they weren’t doing all that, Newnan couldn’t stop them.

Quarterback Brenton Martin shook off the early interception and passed for five touchdowns, including two in the final five minutes of the first half, sparking the Blue Devils to a 52-21 win Friday night at Drake Stadium, avenging a 38-29 loss to the Cougars last year.

Marietta, which went 8-4 in 2012, had lost the previous three meetings with Newnan in a series that dates back to at least 1923.

The Blue Devils converted a fumble and a blocked punt into 10 first-half points.

Martin finished with 248 yards passing as the Blue Devils compiled 463 total yards.

KirVonte’ Benson added 144 rushing yards on 17 carries.

That was more than enough to negate Marietta’s 18 penalties for 155 yards.

Nenwan quarterback Bailey Bryant passed for 217 yards and three touchdowns.

Marietta’s Kadeem Wallington recovered a Newnan fumble at the Cougars’ 23 and converted it into points despite going backward with a pair of penalties. Ian Shannon’s 45-yard field goal was good with plenty to spare for a 3-0 lead.

The Blue Devils drove 53 yards in eight plays to in the second quarter, scoring on Martin’s 21-yard pass to Jordan Mathis for a 10-0 lead with 4:58 left in the half.

Following a blocked punt, Martin connected with Marcus Bennett for a 20-yard touchdown with 50 seconds left in the half to go up 17-0.

Newnan, which went 9-3 in 2012, drove 70 yards in seven plays to get on the board, aided by a pass interference penalty that gave them a first down at the Marietta 33. Four plays later Bryant lofted a pass to the corner from 11 yards out and 6-foot-8 receiver Immanuel Griggs brought it down for the Cougars’ first score.

Marietta capitalized on another fumble that stopped a Newnan drive to open the second half. Benson broke off a 41-yard run to put the Blue Devils in position to score, then Martin connected with Mathis on a 7-yard pass, sparking a 28-point third quarter.

Bryant connected with Chrishawn Dix on a 75-yard touchdown pass to pull Newnan within 23-14, but Martin 75-yard strike to Bennett and Tyrell Martin’s 10-yard run put the game out of reach.

Marietta 3 14 28 7 – 52

Newnan0 7 14 0 – 21

M – Ian Shannon 45 field goal

M – Jordan Mathis 21 pass from Brenton Martin (Shannon kick)

M – Marcus Bennett 20 pass from Martin (Shannon kick)

N – Immanuel Griggs 11 pass from Bailey Bryant (Conner Cox kick)

M – Mathis 7 pass from Martin (kick failed)

N – Chrishawn Dix 80 pass from Bryant (Cox kick)

M – Bennett 75 pass from Martin (Mathis run)

M – Tyrell Martin 10 run (Shannon kick)

M – Marlon Gober 13 pass from Martin (Shannon kick)

N – Randell Arnold 61 pass from Bryant (Cox kick)

M – Nakia Berniard 2 run (Shannon kick)

11 comments Add your comment

old school

August 23rd, 2013
10:11 pm

Marietta is a good team. They were the more poised team tonight. Newnan has alot of growing up to do and will be dangerous by years end.


August 23rd, 2013
10:34 pm

Check the box score at the bottom. The teams need to be switched.

Dekalb Co Guy

August 24th, 2013
7:17 am

Where DRock13 at? I thought you said Newnan was gonna surprise us this year and challenge for the region title? From the looks of it, guess that was just wishful thinking on your part. As I said, Newnan lost too many players from last season. I do expect them to make the playoffs simply because of the weak region they play in and their team depth. But Newnan at best will be an average 5-5 team this season. And with Lagrange and Sandy Creek next on the schedule, an 0-3 start is looking likely.

BTW fan

August 24th, 2013
11:55 am

Post Anthony Jennings Marietta

This team could be special, Burton first group of Seniors I believe

old school

August 24th, 2013
3:46 pm

Don’t count Newnan out just yet. It’s just one bad game, and those 10th graders that are starting will get better each week. And Marietta has perhaps an under rated team.

Newan/Marietta game

August 24th, 2013
4:07 pm

Newnan is a well coached team with several very good athletes, but unfortunately not an Ogletree or Trey Matthews last night. However, they will be back in the playoffs to upset someone by season end. Marietta has a terrific punter/placekicker in Ian Shannon; a 100 meter champ at RB KirVonte Benson and a real athlete 2 way player in UNC commit Tyrell Tomlin and a bunch of athletes all over the place. Was surprised at how well they ran the ball, over 200 yards, very balanced. Very well coached team as well.


August 24th, 2013
7:46 pm

Does anyone really know what has happened to the Newnan program. They have not had the powerhouse type teams they have had in recent years.


August 24th, 2013
8:33 pm

Hey Marietta, welcome to the New Party.

Marietta fan

August 24th, 2013
8:55 pm

Hopefully this game gets us some recognition. I thought all summer no one was respecting us. Maybe thats a good thing. We could have something special cooking!


August 25th, 2013
10:20 am

Great Job Marietta! can’t wait to see y’all in a few weeks, always guaranteed a great game against our cross town rivals!

Dekalb Co Guy

August 25th, 2013
11:20 am


I expect this to be a bit of a down year for Newnan. I lived in Newnan for several years and I would hear whispers (usually from parents of players) that they didnt develop their players. They have unbelievable depth there, but the feeling I get is that sometimes they tended to ride a certain few players. Last year team wasnt great, and struggled at times, but they won the games they were suppose to, and really should have beaten Colquitt in the playoffs, which would have put them in the quarterfinals. As far as this year, though am not certain, I suspect they are stuck where they will have to play a lot of players who havent gotten on the field a lot in the past. So this years teams will have a lot of growing pains, but the weak region they will be a playoff team and should be back up to par by next year.