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Marietta Dominates In Geico State Champions Bowl Series

Marietta showed on the national stage just how good they are and how good Georgia high school football is. Less than a week removed from winning the Georgia 7A state title, the Blue Devils defeated Washington 3A State Champion Eastside Catholic 53-14 in Las Vegas as a part of the Geico State Champions Bowl Series. Even the field the game was played on at Bishop Gorman high school had a big G as the midfield logo. On this night that G clearly stood for Georgia.

Harrison Bailey (Tennessee) got the Blue Devils going early and often by scoring on the first play of the game and after 10 plays they had four touchdowns. By halftime Bailey had racked up 410 yards, six touchdowns and an interception on 14-of-18 passing as Marietta led 46-7 without running a single play in the red zone. Bailey was named the games MVP.

By the time the second half started Bailey’s night was done and the running clock was in order for the second half. The massacre was so severe Marietta only had one possession in the second half which ended on a touchdown pass by backup quarterback Tyler Hughes to Taji Johnson in the third quarter.

Marietta completes their first championship season since 1967 14-2 overall including 3-0 against OOS teams St Joseph Prep (PA)(12-2; PIAA 6A State Champs), Edgewater (FL) (13-2; FHSA 7A State Finalist) and Eastside Catholic (WA) (13-2).

Grayson and McEachern- both lost in the quarterfinals of the 7A state playoffs, were the only teams to defeat Marietta this season, combined the two teams held Marietta to 26 points. In the 7A state championship game Marietta defeated Lowndes while being held to 17 points and were shutout in the second half.

Marietta’s dismantling of Eastside Catholic (WA)  not only showed the nation how good they are but how good, tough and rugged Georgia high school football is, most notably in the highest classification.

2019 Georgia High School Football Championship Briefs

The eight GHSA (Georgia High School Association) classifications crowned the 2019 football champions this past weekend. Georgia State Stadium hosted the championships for the first time ever as the GHSA made the decision to move the championship games from Mercedes-Benz Stadium to Georgia State Stadium prior to the season beginning due to cost. Prior to Mercedes-Benz Stadium the GHSA held the state championships at the now demolished Georgia Dome.

Here is a brief look at the eight championship games and the 2019 champs beginning with the 7A Classification which featured two teams currently ranked in the Max Preps Xcellent Top 25 as 9th ranked Lowndes took on 18th ranked Marietta.

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Class 7A:

18th Marietta (13-2) jumped out a to 17-0 lead on a pair of touchdown runs by Kimani Vidal and a field goal from Cooper Kipp in the first half that held up for a 17-9 victory over ninth-ranked Lowndes. Harrison Bailey passed for 271 yards and Arik Gilbert had 146 yards receiving on 11 receptions for Marietta. Ferringhetti Brown caught a touchdown pass and Jose Palcios had a field goal for Lowndes. Marietta won it’s first state championship in football since 1967 and did it in Richard Morgan’s fourth season as head coach.

Marietta will play Eastside Catholic (WA) as a part in the GEICO State Champions Bowl Series this weekend in Las Vegas. Eastside Catholic went 12-1 this season and won the 3A WIAA state championship this season.

Georgia teams are 0-2 in the event since its inception in 2016. Lee County lost to St. Frances Acacemy (MD) in 2018 and Valdosta lost to Chandler (AZ) in 2016.

Class 1A-Private:

Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy (13-1) defeated Wesleyan (12-3) 33-13 to win a state record fifth consecutive state championship. Wesleyan led 6-0 at the half after a pair of Javy Martinez field goals. Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy scored 27 unanswered points in the third quarter on three rushing touchdowns from Keaton Mitchell and one by Josh Rogers to take command of the game. Mitchell finished with 192 yards on 19 carries and 4 touchdowns. Rogers had 132 yards on none carries and a touchdown while Gabe Wright rushed for 113 yards on eight carries.

Class 2A: 

Dublin (14-1) and Brooks County (10-5) exchanged heavyweight blow after blow in the second half of a thrilling championship game. Brooks County, who lost to Dublin in the regular season, led 14-9 at halftime after a stellar goal line stand at the end of the second quarter.  In the second half however Dublin outscored Brooks County 33-18 on it’s way to victory. Mark Mitchell scored the go-ahead touchdown for Dublin on a two-yard run for a 21-20 lead with 2:07 left in the third.

Dublin never trailed again however had to pull away from Brooks County twice. Brooks County pulled to within 28-26 on a 65-yard touchdown run by Omari Arnold. Mitchell answered with a 55-yard touchdown run to extend Dublin’s lead to 35-26. After another Arnold rushing touchdown run from Brooks County made it 35-32, Zion Kemp scored the game-sealing touchdown with 1:51 remaining for the final 42-32 Dublin win.

Dublin rushed for 437 yards and did not attempt a pass in the contest. Jaques Evans led the Fighting Irish rushing attack with 188 yards an a touchdown while Mitchell (94 yards) and Kemp (86 yards) each rushed for two touchdowns. Omari Arnold finished with 103 yards rushing on 10 carries and three touchdowns for Brooks County.

Class 5A:

No matter who won, a 16th state championship between the two school was going to be won. Until the closing moments it looked as though Warner Robins (13-2) would claim it however Buford had other plans. Trailing 14-7 with 4:59 left in the fourth quarter, Buford capped a 14-play 78-yard drive with an Ashton Daniels to Jamarius Issac 22-yard touchdown pass with 27 seconds to tie it up. Warner Robins would get a chance to win the game in regulation but Cary Payne missed a 50-yard field goal as time expired.

In overtime and Issac came up big again intercepting Warner Robins’ Jalen Addie’s pass on their opening possession. Moments later Hayden Olsen hit the game-winning field goal from 24 yards out for the 17-14 Buford (14-1) win. Buford head coach Bryant Appling wins the schools 12th title in his first season as the head coach. Buford has now won state titles in five different classifications (A, AA, AAA, AAAA, AAAAA). Buford moves up to class 6A next season.

Addie rushed for 125 yards and a touchdown and Ahmad Walker added a rushing touchdown for Warner Robins. Gabe Ervin finished with 73 yards and a touchdown rushing for Buford.

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Class 6A:

Harrison (15-0) swept the season series against region foe Allatoona (11-3-1) with a 20-7 victory to win it’s first state championship in school history.  Leading 13-7 in the third quarter Harrison’s Brandon Carter returned an interception 31 yards to the Allatoona two. On the next play Gavin Hall scored on a two-yard touchdown run for the final 20-7 margin.

Hall passed for 122 yards and a touchdown and an interception to go with 28 yards rushing and a touchdown. James Ziglor finished with 88 yard receiving including a 49-yard touchdown reception that gave Harrison a 10-0 lead in the second quarter.

Alex Wilson rushed for 122 yards for Allatoona. Marshall rushed for 45 yards and passed for 39 yards a touchdown and an interception. Receiver Ashante Das had all 39 yards and a touchdown receiving. Allatoona was denied of it’s second state title in history and first since 2015.

Class 1A Public:

Marion County (11-3) vs Irwin County (13-0) won its first stat title since 1975 with a 56-14 victory over Marion County (11-3). Irwin County outscored Marion County 28-0 in the second half but it was the 21-0 unanswered points, all off of Marion County turnovers, in the third quarter that blew open the game.

DJ Lundy rushed for 174 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries, Gabriel Benyard rushed for 96 yards and two touchdowns and Jamorri Colston rushed for 84 yards and a touchdown for Irwin County. Irwin County quarterback Zack Smith tallied a rushing and passing touchdown for the Indians in the victory.

Marion County quarterback Trice McCannon rushed for 135 yards and touchdown and passed for 92 yards and touchdown before leaving the game early due to injury.

Class 3A:

Cedar Grove (13-2) won its third state title in four years with a 21-14 victory over Crisp County. The Saints win the title under first-year head coach Miguel Patrick. Chavon Wright rushed for 140 yards and two touchdowns while Austin Smith passed for 64 yards and touchdown for Cedar Grove. Cedar grove led by 14 points on two different times in the contest.  Crisp County’s final touchdown came on a blocked punt return by Latravious Walker.   in the closing minutes for the final 21-14 margin. Crisp County was held to 161 yards of total offense. Marquise Palmer finished with 64 yards rushing and a touchdown for the Cougars.

Class 4A:

Blessed Trinity (14-1) won it;s third consecutive championship with a 17-14 victory over Oconee County (13-2). Elijah Green rushed for 208 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries to lead Blessed Trinity’s attack. Blessed Trinity trailed 7-3 late in the second quarter when Green ripped off back-to-back touchdown runs of 30 and 66 yards to give Blessed Trinity the 17-7 advantage at halftime.

Max Johnson passed for 97 yards and two touchdowns for Oconee County who was seeking it’s first state title since 1999.

McEachern (GA) Girls Saddled Up For Georgia 6A Title Run

The McEachern (0-0; 0-0) girls basketball squad is gearing up for a 2013-14 title run with a scrimmage against Douglas County (0-0; 0-0). Following the scrimmage game the Lady Indians- 2011-12 Georgia 5A champions (highest class in Georgia that year), will shift their focus to Cobb County rivals North Cobb (0-0; 0-0) and Marietta (0-0; 0-0) before traveling to Norcorss before the month of November is out.

Norcross (0-0; 0-0), winners of 3 of the last 4 state championships behind now North Carolina starting forward Diamond DeShields, churns out talent and produces stars in Women’s basketball. McEachern defeated Norcross in the 5A semifinals in 2011 on their way to a 33-0 finish and the state title, the only year Norcross and DeShields did not win the basketball title in Georgia-Norcross defeated McEachern at home in the regular season that year.

Standout point guard T’ea Cooper- who once committed to North Carolina as an 8th grader, has pulled back on that commitment and is keeping her options open as she enters her junior season.

“We have a lot to work to do as well as getting in basketball shape that McEachern basketball is accustom to,” McEachern head coach Phyllis Arthur said.” “Still knocking out some kinks.”

McEachern girls are nationally known to be a basketball team that gets up and down the floor and playing pressure defense. The Lady Indians won their title game by 33 points over Hillgrove playing that style of ball the entire game and year and played in the Rose Classic in New York last season.

The Lady Indians are ranked No.20 in the Max Preps National Preseason poll.

McEachern Wins At The End Over Marietta

The McEachern Indians entered their game against county and region rival  Marietta 1-2 and both of their losses came to teams that have been highly touted across the nation (Grayson-Nkemdiche at DL/RB and Walton-Jones at RB).

Both Grayson (to Parkview) and Walton (to McEachern Region foe North Cobb) fell and fell hard last week. McEachern won in less than impressive fashion against Pebblebrook last week and so enter Marietta. Marietta came to Walter Cantrell Stadium with a very viable quarterback in Anthony Jennings, who is going to LSU as of today, and an offense that can score and score in multiple ways. Jennings passed for 280 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 90 yards.

However Marietta/McEachern runs deep dating back to 1972 and well you have to line up and play because that’s all you really can go do . McEachern pulled out a win is the most classic of fashions as Ty Clemons found Chris Okeh for a successful two-point conversation to give the Indians a 29-28 lead with 30 seconds left and their defense would hold for the win.

The starting McEachern quarterback, Ty Clemons was 10-16 passing for 112 yards and tacked on 33 yards rushing. The Indians second quarterback Ty Griffin tallied 168 yards rushing and three touchdowns while passing for 10 yards on 1-2 passing. Both Clemons and Griffin played much of the game on the field at the same time and it was Griffin’s first action of the second since an ankle injury in the season opener against Grayson.

iBN Sports had the coverage and you can see it now. If you want to get to the “good stuff” the stuff that won the game seek ahead to the 2:48.00 mark of the footage where McEachern took over with 1:58 left in the fourth quarter trailing by 7 with one more drive and one more special play in their playbook left.