Marietta 31, Harrison 27

By Alex Ewalt

Score Atlanta

With the final playoff spot in Region 4-AAAAAA on the line, Marietta overcame an early deficit to defeat Harrison 31-27. The victory put Marietta (8-2, 5-2) in the postseason for the third year in a row under head coach Scott Burton. Harrison (5-5, 4-3) finished one game out of the playoffs.

Marietta fell behind 14-0 in the first quarter, but scored three touchdowns in quick succession to take a 21-14 lead at the half. Junior running back KirVonte’ Benson started the visiting Blue Devils’ scoring with a 45-yard run after picking up a fumble by his own quarterback, Brenton Martin, with 5:39 left in the half. Not quite three minutes later, Benson returned a punt 68 yards for a score. Then in the closing seconds of the half, safety T.J. Bulock took an interception back 65 yards.

The Blue Devils held a 31-21 lead in the fourth quarter after a 30-yard Ian Shannon field goal and a 45-yard touchdown pass from Martin to Marcus Bennett. Harrison scored to make it a 31-27 game, but the extra-point attempt failed because of a bad snap. The Marietta defense was able to turn Harrison over on downs with under a minute to play to hold on for the win.

Marietta will travel to No. 1 seed Lovejoy next Friday in the first round of the playoffs.

5 comments Add your comment

Marietta fan

November 8th, 2013
11:32 pm

Harrison played a hell of a game. Their wing t really gave us fits and we benefited from some turnovers. On to the playoffs at Lovejoy next week looking for an upset.

Sportsnut

November 9th, 2013
12:26 am

@ Marietta Fan == Congrats on the big win. I think you already had your upset for this year. We welcome the challenge.

Pshawkfan

November 9th, 2013
9:31 am

Good luck next week Blue Devils. If you guys can keep it close Mr. Shannon can bring it home. Safe travels.

High 5

November 9th, 2013
3:24 pm

No way Lovejoy loses to Marietta! No disrespect to the Blue Devils but Lovejoy is too deep, too fast, and too strong for them. Every year they are primed and ready for that playoff run! They can beat any team in 6A with no problem if they play sound, mistake free football! It will not be a shock to anyone if they make it to the Dome AGAIN for the THIRD year in a row!

only a matter of time

November 9th, 2013
7:56 pm

Good luck Blue Devils! Rep for region 4!! Hey Sportsnut, what kind of team is Alcovy??