The Marianna Bulldogs are moving on to the postseason after a solid 35-10 win over the Rutherford Rams Friday night at Bulldog Stadium. The win capped off a week of homecoming festivities, and the crowning of Maggie Larkin, the 2017 Marianna High School homecoming queen prior to the start of the game.
Rutherford was three and out on their first possession of the game and punted to Marianna who started on their own 46-yard line. Jeremiah Castro carried the ball to the 38-yard line on a 17-yard pickup. Ryley Lipford had a three-yard reception before Chayton Parrish picked up a first down on an 11-yard reception. Marquis Kelly rushed to the 19-yard line. With the Dogs facing a fourth and one at the 15-yard line, Malachi Adeyolette made good on a six-yard run to reach inside the ten-yard line at the three. Castro was in the end zone on the next play and the Dogs were up 6-0. Senior Len Nobles made good on the extra point and the Bulldogs had the early 7-0 lead with six minutes left in the first quarter.
The Rams bounced back with a quick 66-yard pass to tie the game with 4:18 left in the first quarter. The Rams took the lead temporarily with a 41-yard field goal to take a 10-7 lead.
Marianna’s next possession had them starting on their 49-yard line but they failed to make a first down, giving the ball back to the Rams. The Rams then turned it over to Marianna who ended their drive with a Marquis Kelly punt to the five-yard line. The Bulldogs picked up a safety and the Bulldogs had narrowed the Rams’ lead to 10-9 with 5:38 left in the half.
On the free kick, Damone Rolle returned the ball to the 41-yard line. The Bulldogs were forced to punt but on a fourth and 16, the Rams were forced to punt. Jeremiah Castro downed the ball at the 38-yard line. Paris Harvey ran for eight yards before a fumble gave the ball back to the Rams.
Castro intercepted the ball and followed with a good return. Ona third and eight at the 24-yard line, it was Ben Wiggins coming up with the reception in the end zone. The extra point didn’t make it through the uprights but Marianna was back on top 15-10 with six seconds left in the half.
Marianna held Rutherford on their next possession and took over on offense. On a third and two, Adeyolette had a 41-yard touchdown run to increase the Bulldog lead 21-10.
With a little under eight minutes to go in the third quarter, Rutherford picked up its first official first down of the game on a 29-yard pass play. The Bulldog defense hung tough and held the Rams to a field goal attempt which was no good, leaving the score at 21-10.
After an exchange of possessions, the Bulldogs took over on their 47-yard line. Ryley Lipford picked up his first touchdown of the season on a 53-yard run into the promised land, giving Marianna 27-10 lead late in the third quarter.
Marianna was forced to punt with 10 minutes to go in the fourth quarter with the punt landing on the nine-yard line. One play later, Marianna had its second safety of the game, increasing their lead to 29-10.
With time running out, the Bulldogs kept the ball on the ground and provided lots of substitutions. With 36 seconds in the game, Paris Harvey scurried seven yards for the final Bulldog touchdown of the regular season. Senior Len Nobles made what may be his last extra point of the season at Bulldog Stadium to make it a final 36-10 homecoming win for Marianna.
The FHSAA announced Sunday morning that they will travel to Jacksonville to take on West Nassau Friday, November 10.