Runaway win ends 2-game Marietta skid
by Steve Ruthsatz
MDJ Sports Correspondent
September 28, 2013 02:41 AM | 2284 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Marietta defensive back TJ Bullock applies the breaks to Pebblebrook runner Hakeem Bailey.
Marietta defensive back TJ Bullock applies the breaks to Pebblebrook runner Hakeem Bailey.
MARIETTA – Marietta and Pebblebrook were each looking for their first Region 4AAAAAA win of the year Friday, and it was the host Blue Devils who came out on top 38-6.

Marietta’s defense limited the Falcons to 141 total yards and aided its own cause with an interception return for a touchdown by Devon Henderson.

“I thought our defense played really well,” Marietta coach Scott Burton said. “I know Pebblebrook was hampered a little bit with some injuries, so we were able to capitalize on some inexperience over there. But I thought our defense flew around and played well.”

Marietta took control early with an 83-yard scoring drive that covered eight plays. Brenton Martin’s 13-yard touchdown pass to Marlin Gober gave the Blue Devils a 7-0 lead.

Late in the quarter, a blocked punt by Marietta’s Onterrio Lay gave the the Blue Devils the ball on Pebblebrook’s 1-yard line and one snap later, KirVonte’ Benson plunged into the end zone, making it a 14-0 contest with just five seconds remaining in the first period.

In the second quarter, Benson capped off a short, two-play drive with a 23-yard touchdown scamper and Marietta led, 21-0, with 5:15 to go before halftime.

The Blue Devils scored on the final play of the first half when Martin found Jordan Mathis with a 7-yard touchdown pass, putting Marietta up, 28-0.

Late in the third quarter, Henderson’s interception and 33-yard return for a touchdown built the lead to 35-0.

The Falcons tried a fake punt from their own 22 yard line on the ensuing possession, but a pass fell incomplete and the Blue Devils took over. Marietta settled for a 40-yard field goal by Ian Shannon and its lead grew to 38-0 early in the fourth quarter.

Pebblebrook avoided a shutout with a nine-play, 89-yard drive as time expired.

Jarrett Sharp, playing quarterback in place of the injured Dezmon Huntley, gave the Falcons their only points of the night on a 2-yard touchdown run, making the final score 38-6.

Benson rushed 11 times for 117 yards to lead Marietta’s ground attack while Martin finished 10-of-17 passing for 121 yards. Mathis caught five passes for 81 yards.

Dontra Hall paced the Pebblebrook offense, gaining 71 yards on 13 carries.

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