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.