Marietta 24, North Cobb 21

By Ricky Dimon

Score Atlanta

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.

11 comments Add your comment

Sportsnut

November 1st, 2013
10:37 pm

Congrats Marietta on the big win. Get ready for the 2nd season.

only a matter of time

November 1st, 2013
10:44 pm

WOW! Three way tie in region 4. Nice “W” Blue Devils.

North Cobb Fan

November 1st, 2013
10:45 pm

Congratulations to Marietta. They outplayed us and deserved the W. Good luck in the playofffs

North Cobb Fan

November 1st, 2013
10:46 pm

Best high school kicker I have seen since Rex Robinson!

westcobb5

November 1st, 2013
10:50 pm

Quote from ‘Marietta Fan’ last night on one of these blogs: “Our kicker is a weapon. Almost every kickoff is a touchback and he has a 45 yd punt average. He’s also made 9 FGs with a long of 50. If we have any advantage it’s in the kicking game.”

Well put. Dead on with that analysis!

westcobb5

November 1st, 2013
10:57 pm

Congrats Blue Devils. Great win. Don’t overlook Harrison next week and then good luck in the playoffs.

westcobb5

November 1st, 2013
10:59 pm

Anybody know the tie-breakers in region 4? Kind of assumed it was head-to-head, but not sure about that.

region4fan

November 1st, 2013
11:05 pm

Great game at North Cobb. North Cobb still controls its destiny but must beat Campbell next week.

Marietta fan

November 1st, 2013
11:23 pm

WOW! WHAT A GAME! I thought we were in trouble in the first quarter and then the defense started making stops. We pretty much kept Queen in check all night. There were some bizzare plays in the 4th quarter. Kirvonte Benson almost never fumbles then TJ Bullock should’ve had a pick and I believe it was Albright pulled off the look what I just found on the tip drill. But like I said Ian Shannon is a weapon and will be back next year since he’s only a junior. Now we got to make sure we take care of Harrison next week to make the playoffs! Proud of the Devils tonight!

Old Bear

November 2nd, 2013
1:27 am

Who has offered the Marietta K?

5-Time

November 2nd, 2013
3:53 am

Marietta takes down North Cobb? Wuuuuuuuuuuuuuuttt?!