It’s the first meeting between the two Cobb teams in seven years, with Marietta winning the last matchup 33-7 in 2005. The Blue Devils have won seven of the nine contests with the Falcons.
Last week, Marietta(2-2, 1-1) saw its region title hopes take a hit last week with its 29-28 loss to McEachern as the Indians scored on a touchdown and then converted a
2-point conversion with 30 seconds left in the game to erase a 28-21 Blue Devils lead.
“We have a lot of kids who are really very emotionally invested in the program,” Marietta coach Scott Burton said. “The kids are bouncing back this week, and the senior leadership is getting everyone focused. We’re getting back to work.”
While disappointed with Marietta’s loss, Burton praises the effort that his Blue Devils gave against McEachern.
“The kids played really hard,” Burton said. “We had a breakdown of execution on a couple of plays, but I’m proud of our effort.”
Pebblebrook (0-4, 0-2) knows all about close losses after having lost to Harrison 20-13 last Friday and McEachern 30-23 two weeks ago.
“Obviously, we’re not satisfied with losing the game,” Pebblebrook coach Tommy Macon said. “We played well in each game, except for three or four plays. We made some mental mistakes, but it’s too late in the season to use the youth excuse. We have to cut down on mistakes.”
Macon and his Falcons face a big challenge as they try to find a way to contain Marietta standout quarterback and LSU commitment Anthony Jennings.
“Obviously, he’s a good athlete, Macon said. “He does a good job of throwing the football and also running the football. He’s a good quarterback.”
Macon is also impressed with Marietta’s other offensive weapons like wide receiver Tyree Harris and running back KirVonte Benson as well as the Blue Devils’ defense.
“They can throw the ball and they can run the ball,” Macon said. “They are strong defensively. We have to cut down on our mental mistakes if we’re going to have any chance.”
With players like quarterback Dezmond Huntley and running back Perry Seldon, Burton is impressed with Pebblebrook’s athleticism.
“Pebblebrook has a very athletic team,” Burton said. “They have a big-play capability on offense, so we have to watch out for that. They’re a better team than their record indicates.”