Marshall’s 2 TDs lead Jackets past Hokies
The Cedartown Lady Bulldogs went through the season with an undefeated in competition cheerleading, but their hard work wasn’t quite enough to get them a repeat State Championship for 2017.
Cedartown finished up as a runner-up this year in Columbus despite a hard fight to perform well on the floor during the state round over the weekend.
“The squad did not put their best performance of the season on the floor at state, they had a stunt to come down and a tumbling issues with hands down twice,” head coach Brigitte Tillery said. “They are in the strongest region of 4A, with 3 of the 4 winners were from 5-4A today (Saturday.)”
ATLANTA — TaQuon Marshall made the most of his only two completions.
And, finally, Georgia Tech won a close game.
Marshall threw a pair of long scoring passes, including an 80-yarder to Ricky Jeune with 6½ minutes remaining, and Ajani Kerr swatted away a fourth-down pass in the end zone to preserve Georgia Tech’s 28-22 upset of No. 17 Virginia Tech on Saturday.
This one felt especially good for the Yellow Jackets (5-4, 4-3 Atlantic Coast Conference), who had lost three games by a total of six points.
“Proud of our guys,” coach Paul Johnson said. “They showed a lot of grit and determination.”
It looked as though Georgia Tech was heading for another excruciating defeat when Virginia Tech rallied from a 21-9 deficit in the second half.
The Hokies ( 7- 3, 3- 3 Atlantic Coast Conference) went ahead 2221 when Greg Stroman returned an interception 24 yards for a touchdown off a terrible pass by Marshall with 7:27 left.
The Georgia Tech quarterback made up for his mistake just two snaps later, after the Yellow Jackets fumbled the kickoff but fortuitously managed to recover after a wild scramble.
Jeune got loose behind the secondary, hauled in the long throw and just managed to stick the ball inside the pylon before tumbling out of bounds.
It was the longest touchdown pass of the season for the Yellow Jackets (5-4, 4-3), surpassing Marshall’s 60-yard scoring play to Brad Stewart early in the second half. The quarterback finished going 2 of 8 passing out of the triple-option.
“He made, what, two completions and they were both for touchdowns and it ended up being 140 yards?” Johnson said. “We’ll live with that. That’s a pretty good average.”
Marshall also had a pair of short touchdown runs.
TECH Clemson wins the ACC Atlantic Division title with a victory against Florida State. See Page B6 for more.