Marist Ground Game Eats up Raiders - VIDEO

Seniors Gary Marshall and Preston Lyons helped the Marist War Eagles advance to the State Finals with a dominating performance on the ground. See the scoring highlights in this presentation by ScoutTV*.

First Half Highlights

East Paulding had the ball first in the second half but was unable to move it. That was bad news for the Raiders as senior quarterback Gary Marshall and senior fullback Preston Lyons went to work with the potent Marist option.

Lyons finished off the drive with an impressive run to the endzone that had him hurtling past would be defenders at the line of scrimmage. Colin Gallagher added an extra point for a commanding 20-0 lead with just over five minutes left in the third quarter.

The 20-0 lead seemed to break the spirit of the East Paulding Raiders as Marshall and Lyons continued to eat up huge chunks of yards on the ground. This time it was Marshall finishing off the drive with a 30 yard burst up the middle to put Marist up 27-0 with 1:37 left in the third.

East Paulding wasn't exactly ready to head for the bus yet though. With the aid of two pass interference penalties, one on fourth and five, and some big running plays from senior running back Chris Smith, quarterback Chas Henry kept the ball on a rollout pass and took it into the endzone to get the Raiders on the board.

Marist led 27-7 with 10 minutes left in the fourth.

Marist used its running game to help run the clock down in the fourth, and the score stood as a final: 27-7 and Marist will meet Northside Warner Robins for the State Championship next week.

2nd Half Scoring Highlights:

Player(s) of the Game:
QB Gary Marshall - Marist
FB Preston Lyons - Marist

First Half Scoring Highlights from ScoutTV

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