Carrollton needed four overtime periods and a goal-line stand to outlast Marist 46-44 Friday night in a Class AAAA semifinal, advancing for a shot at the school’s first state crown since 1998.
Marist (11-3) fell short of playing in its eighth state title game. The War Eagles’ last appearance in a state title game was a 15-3 loss to DeKalb County rival Tucker in the 2008 Class AAAA match. Carrollton (13-1) will attempt to bring home its sixth football title next Saturday against Griffin.
Facing 4th-and-4 from the 9 in the fourth overtime, quarterback Chase Martenson called his own number and scored after breaking a tackle at the 5. His repeat attempt on the 2-point play was stopped just short of the goal line.
The teams played to overtime for the second time in as many years, and almost matched their effort from last year’s second-round matchup, a 43-37 Marist win after five extra periods.
Griffin King scored just inside the left endzone to begin the third overtime period, but Marcus Miller’s run around left end failed to convert the 2-point play. Carrollton took over, and Jarvis Terrell’s 12-yard run set up a 1-yard sneak from Wil Garrett to tie the game at 38. A Garrett pass into the end zone fell incomplete.
Marcus Miller found Will Hale alone in the end zone to put Marist up 29-22 in the first overtime period. Miller’s halfback pass was his third score of the night. Carrollton answered with a Wil Garrett sneak on first-and-goal from the 1, and lined up for a 2-point conversion but was flagged for delay. Tyler Houston tied the game with a point-after-touchdown. The teams traded field goals in the second overtime.
Trailing 22-14 with just over seven minutes to play, Marist quarterback Chase Martenson found a wide open Trey Oates for a 29-yard score to pull the War Eagles with 22-20. Marist tied the game at 22 with 7:00 to play after Marcus Miller converted the 2-point play with a run around left end.
As Marist tied the game, a soaking thunderstorm passed over Hughes Spalding Stadium and forced a 30-minute delay. Rain persisted as the teams resumed play, and Carrollton reached the 50 before a hail mary pass fell incomplete as time expired in regulation.
Terrell led all rushers with 156 yards on 16 carries. King led Marist with 103 yards on 16 carries.
C– 7 8 7 0 7 3 6 8 46
M — 0 7 7 8 7 3 6 6 44
C – DeAntoine Cammons 28 int return (Tyler Newsome kick)
M – Chase Martenson 3 run (Joey Gogol kick)
C – Jarvis Terrell 80 run (Wil Garrett pass to Will Hesterlee)
C – Terrell 11 run (Newsome kick)
M – Marcus Miller 5 run (Gogol kick)
M – Martenson 29 pass to Joey Oates (Miller run)
M – Miller 12 pass to Will Hale (Gogol kick)
C – Garrett 1 run (Newsome kick)
C – Houston 27 FG
M – Gogol 26 FG
M – King 15 run (run failed)
C – Garrett 1 run (pass failed)
C – Terrell 6 run (Terrell run)
M – Martenson 9 run (run failed)