MILTON — Marietta senior receiver Kamryn Perry had a big game, but Milton seniors Jordan McDonald and Devin Farrell had even bigger games.
McDonald and Farrrell combined for more than 400 yards in a 38-21 win for the Eagles on Friday in the second round of the Class AAAAAAA playoffs.
While Perry hauled in five catches for 112 yards and two touchdowns, Marietta (6-5) did not have enough defensively to slow down Milton (10-1).
Marietta coach Richard Morgan was unable to reflect too much on the season as a whole, but he was naturally disappointed with the outcome, especially with his team turning the ball over three times in the first half.
“We weren’t ourselves,” Morgan said. “The first half was terrible. It’s hard to win playoff games like that. We came back and showed fight in the second half, but we didn’t play well tonight, and this is what happens.”
The Milton defensive line made life tough for Marietta quarterback Tyler Hughes all game long.
Defensive end Lebbeus Overton, a five-star recruit and the son of Kennesaw State athletic director Milton Overton, was in the backfield often. Hughes did throw two touchdowns, but he also had two interceptions.
On the other side, linebackers Ellis Reed and Carlos Cervantes led the charge for the Marietta defense, but Milton’s run game was stout. If Central Florida commit McDonald was not bruising up the middle, it was often the Virginia Tech-bound Farrell keeping it and finding room on the edge or up the middle, which the Blue Devils could not stop as much as they needed to win.
The game began with both teams trading turnovers on seemingly every drive, combining for four giveaways in the first quarter.
McDonald finished the game with 23 carries for 230 yards and three touchdowns.
While Marietta’s season came to an end, Milton moved on to host Mill Creek in the quarterfinals.
“It’s hard to put into words right now,” Morgan said. “I’m proud of my guys, but I just wish we would’ve played better tonight.”