Jennings leads Marietta in blowout of Harrison
by Justin Hobday
MDJ Sports Correspondent
November 10, 2012 02:30 AM | 4437 views | 6 6 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MARIETTA — Marietta locked up the No. 3 seed in Region 4AAAAAA with a 52-14 blowout victory over Harrison.

“We wanted to start fast and we were able to do that with two great special teams plays right off the bat, and our defense put us in position to get those special teams plays,” Marietta coach Scott Burton said.

After digging too deep of a hole against North Cobb in their previous game, the Blue Devils (7-3, 6-2) scored four first-half touchdowns off of two blocked punts, a fumble recovery and an interception on their way to a 42-7 halftime lead.

Marietta blocked the first two Harrison punt attempts to race out to a 15-0 lead less than 4 minutes into the game. Peter Savic recovered both blocks and scored when he ran the second recovery in from the 20 yard line.

The Hoyas (4-6, 3-5) mustered a 53-yard drive on their third possession, but turned the ball over on downs at the Blue Devils 5-yard line.

Anthony Jennings connected for gains of 60 and 25 yards with Kenny Norwood and Tyree Harris respectively on the ensuing drive. The Blue Devils did their best to take themselves out of scoring range with two holding penalties and a false start. However, on third-and-31 Jennings stepped up into the pocket before tucking the ball away bolting down the sideline and scored from 40 yards out after side-stepping Harrison’s last defender.

“We played pretty good on offense at times, but we had a tough time stopping those quick screens,” Harrison coach Bruce Cobleigh said.

Jennings connected on scoring passes of nine and 14 yards on the Blue Devils next two positions, and KirVonte Benson ran a score in from 82 yards out after picking up a fumbled handoff just before the end of the first half.

A season rife with adversity comes to an end for the Hoyas as does the illustrious career of Cobleigh, who was filling in after the departure of Marty Galbraith.

“I’m pretty confident that (Harrison) will get the right guy,” Cobleigh said. “You know it’s a good job and I think they can get a good person. We’ve had a lot of adversity, but we’ve had a good group that worked real hard and I wish I could have done a better job for them.”

Marietta will travel to play Lowndes in the first round of the playoffs in lieu of North Cobb’s victory over Campbell.

“It’s an opportunity to go down there and represent the city of Marietta and our great school system,” Burton said.

“Obviously Lowndes is a formidable program but Marietta has got a lot of history too, and we’re going to ride our history down there and hopefully represent folks well and come back with a big win for Marietta and for Cobb County.”
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been there
November 11, 2012
Having had some inside "insight" to the Harrison program, I've got to say that the season is no surprise. You can put all sorts of blame on coaches, but since the opening of 2 other nearby high schools-- the talent level at Harrison has taken a huge nosedive! Parents, face the music. Harrison isn't the lone bully on the block anymore-- as a matter of fact, they are the 90 pound weakling.
November 14, 2012
Not sure what your insight is. Is it the fact that we've lost 7 stand-out players from graduation years 2013-2016...only 1 of those to the new high schools. Poor leadership is our only problem. If we had good coaches those boys would have never left.
harrison fan
November 10, 2012
Its amazing how far this program has dropped. The blame ultimately goes to Donnie Griggers. He has had 2 coaching hires and both have been a disaster. We keep hearing about how many coaches have applied for the job but we get stuck with an Offensive line coach who was a disaster at Sprayberry (David Hines) and an old crony of Cobleighs who can't keep a job for more than 1 year. Griggers either needs to get out of the process or pony up and get the best coach they can find. These great kids at Harrison deserve better.
November 12, 2012
The building of the new highschools has depleted the talent pool however administration decisions/coaching has not helped retain talent. From Hayes at N.Gwinnett..Henry in Arkansas..Posey..Moore..Murphy..Harris..Edmunds and several other students that migrated to Mt. Paran and Allatoona by choice... the current culture does not aggressively promote hardnose athletics. Participation is typically the goal without a measure of excellence. Slate needs to be wiped clean and a complete overall needs to take place.
November 14, 2012
Agreed. The new schools aren't the problem. It's the toxic environment of the program.
Hopeful Hoya
November 15, 2012
It sounds like you need a young energetic coach who is willing to put roots down and rebuild a struggling program. Harrison is not dead! This school has a wonderful fan base and committed parents who want to rebuild a program that has lagged over the last few years! I can remember many years when Harrison was over matched, but won anyway because of shear determination, discipline, and will! Young coaches with HC experience can bring the energy and excitement back to a school rich in tradition!
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