The Marianna Bulldogs picked up their first win of the season Friday night in dramatic fashion. The 31-3 victory says it all for the Dog offense and defense Friday night. After falling in their first two games by a combined five points, the Bulldogs were ready for a win and were not going to settle for anything else. Hurricane Irma sidelined their game against Blountstown last week, and subsequently took two practice days from them. That mattered not when they hit the field Friday night.
An afternoon downpour had the field wetter than either team would have liked but that didn’t dampen the Bulldogs drive to pick up the win. After both teams were three and out on their first possession, Marianna found the end zone on an 18-yard run by Marquis Kelly. Len Nobles was right on the money with the extra point through the uprights and the Dogs had a 7-0 lead with 29 seconds left in the first quarter.
The Bulldogs next scored on a 33-yard field goal by Nobles with time running out in the first half. The Bulldogs held a 10-lead at the half.
South Walton kicked off to Marianna to start the second half and it was Werlean Pollock bringing the crowd to their feet with a 58-yard touchdown run. Nobles sent the pigskin through the uprights and the Bulldogs were in business with a 17-0 lead early in the third quarter.
Werlean Pollock was a man on a mission when he hit the field Friday night, picking up his third touchdown of the night with four minutes left in the third quarter. Pollock went 66 yards to find the end zone and Nobles kept it a perfect night with the point after going through the uprights. The Bulldogs led 24-0.
Malachi Adeyolette joined the touchdown party with a two-yard run and Nobles added his fourth extra point of the night. Marianna was in the driver’s seat with a 31-0 shutout of the South Walton Seahawks.
The shutout came to an end with just four minutes left in the game when the Seahawks opted for a field goal after Marianna held them on three downs.
On the night Marianna tallied 337 yards with Werlean Pollock leading the way with 19 carries for 193 yards with two touchdowns. Marquis Kelly had nine carries for 52 yards and a touchdown. Jeremiah Castro had seven carries for 47 yards, with Malachi Adeyolette having two carries for three yards and one touchdown. Len Nobles made four extra points on the night and a 33-yard field goal.
Marianna will next host Walton Friday night, looking to go 2-2 on the season. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.