A playoff spot is secure for the Blue Devils (6-3, 5-2). In all likelihood, they will be the No. 3 seed, which means they may be traveling to Valdosta to face Lowndes in the first round.
But the first order of business is taking care of what they can control, and that’s coming out with a win over the Hoyas (4-5, 3-4). The Blue Devils have worked on correcting the mistakes that led to a 45-32 loss to North Cobb last week.
One is to cut down on the turnovers and another is converting third down opportunities.
“Any lessons learned would be the ones we already knew,” Marietta coach Scott Burton said. “You can’t turn the ball over, and you have to convert third downs. We dug ourselves a big hole against a good team and they were able to convert a lot of third downs, which turned to long drives and allowed them to put points on the board.”
Marietta turned the ball over three times against North Cobb on two lost fumbles and an interception, and the Warriors took advantage with 17 points. Fourteen of those points came in the first quarter, when North Cobb scored on a fumble return and interception return.
The Blue Devils rallied in the fourth quarter and had two fourth quarter touchdowns but their deficit was too severe for them to overcome. They trailed
35-14 at the half. In moving forward, Marietta is looking to pick up where it left off in the second half when it outscored North Cobb
18-10 in the second half.
“We try to make sure that the kids understand that there are plays to be made and that everyone does their own job,” Burton said. “I guess you can call it ‘going back to the basics.’ They are resilient and believe in each other and that they continue to believe in each other.”
Marietta’s offense starts with Anthony Jennings who had 323 yards and two touchdowns last week. He currently has 1,809 passing yards and 19 touchdowns with only six interceptions.
He’s got Tyree Mathis and Jordan Mathis he can throw to with both combining for 11 touchdowns and KirVonte Benson has been solid on the ground with 735 yards and seven touchdowns.
Harrison was ousted from the playoffs after its 61-21 loss to McEachern last week but the Hoyas are looking to win in Bruce Cobleigh’s final game as interim coach.
Receiver Drevon Jones has had a solid year with 668 yards and seven touchdowns.