Mar­shall’s 2 TDs lead Jackets past Hok­ies

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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.)”

STATE

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.

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