For the fifth time this season, the Marist War Eagles came out of their game with a shutout, this time in the first round of playoffs against Gilmer County High School from Elijay. The 56-0 Marist win puts the team just shy of the shutout record that came with the 1989 state championship team.
“It’s always great to get a shutout, but we certainly know that we’re going to be challenged more each and every single week,” Coach Alan Chadwick said. “It’s a big reward to our players to get those shutouts, but those will be coming few and far between from here on out.”
According to Chadwick, seniors Gray King, Myles Willis, and Steven Wallace and junior Chase Martenson scored big touchdowns in the game, but King’s even came in the first play of the game.
“Certainly scoring on the first play of the game was a huge factor [for the win], but we had a great field position all night and really good, big plays, and we had a really good time of possession that wore them out.”
Defensively, Chadwick said, “Greg Taboada had a really fine, physical game with the pressures and sacks and tackles for losses. Jason Morris as a linebacker had a good game against their offense with about seven or eight tackles.”
Now the War Eagles look to their second round of playoffs against Carrolton High School, which ranked number two in region five going into the playoffs. (Marist ranked number one in region six.) Marist has only played Carrollton once (in the 1990s), and the Trojans beat the War Eagles 48-7.
“They’re doing pretty much the same thing that they did then. They have a very consistent coaching staff, as we’ve had. They just have a very fine team; I don’t see many weaknesses on this team at all.
“I just know that at this stage in the game, we don’t have any bad football teams left. We have to play well and execute well each and every single week. We have to be ready to fight the four quarters; I think it’s going to be a four quarter game. We’re going to be tested to the max this week. We have to bring our A-game.”
This game is this Friday evening at Marist.