By Ricky Dimon
Marietta kicker Ian Shannon kicked field goals as time expired in each of the two halves as the visiting Blue Devils mounted a comeback to stun North Cobb in a crucial Region 4-AAAAAA contest. The Warriors stormed to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter on a 16-yard touchdown run by Tyler Queen and another rushing score from Torrance McGee. They kept their scoring drives alive by converting all four of their third-down attempts.
Marietta’s comeback began in the second quarter, starting with a safety. The Blue Devils eventually cut the lead to three points at halftime when Shannon nailed a 46-yard field goal. Shannon then tied it at 14-14 on a 43-yarder midway through the third quarter. Marietta’s barrage of unanswered points reached 21 after Brenton Martin scored on a quarterback sneak to cap off an 88-yard drive early in the fourth.
The Blue Devils got the ball back with a chance to increase their lead, but Myles Price forced a Benson fumble and Chandler Wooten jumped on it for North Cobb. Not wasting any time capitalizing on the turnover, the Warriors ended their scoring drought when Queen delivered an 18-yard touchdown pass to Devin Granville. Nonetheless, that only set the stage for more Shannon heroics. After trading punts, Marietta made its way to the Warriors’ 32-yard line and stopped the clock with two seconds remaining. Shannon headed back to the field and his 49-yard boot had plenty of room to spare as it ended the game with the buzzer sounding.
Shannon’s three field goals give him 12 through nine games, setting a single-season school record. The Blue Devils improved to 7-2 overall and 5-2 in Region 4-AAAAAA after winning five in a row. North Cobb saw its six-game winning streak come to an end, and it now stands at 7-2 overall and 6-1 in Region 4-AAAAAA.