Lassiter Storms Back From 14-Point Deficit, Defeats Marietta Blue Devils 21-14
The Lassiter Trojans remained undefeated (4-0) in the 2016 season, by roaring back in the 2nd half, behind the legs of running back Mason Waters, the arm of quarterback Bradley Riopelle, and the hands of wide receiver Dawson Brown. The Trojans have shown once this season that they are a 2nd half team. After being down 21-0 last week to the Pope Greyhounds, the Trojans came bolstering back, scoring 42 points in the 3rd and 4th quarters of last weeks game. The Trojans started off very slowly on offense tonight as well, not really gaining many yards. 3 and out after 3 and out and punting the ball on every possession in the first quarter. Unlike the “Red Hot” Marietta Blue Devils offense, who came out smoking. And the reason I say “red hot” is because of the passing game arsenal that they possess. The Freshman Phenom Harrison Bailey has only played in 4 Friday Night High School games, and his passing stats are good enough to lead Cobb County. Their 1-3 record does not indicate their ability to move the ball well. Sophomore Wide Receiver Ramel Keyton, his “Go To” target leads the County in receiving catches, yards, and touchdowns.
In the games first drive, Harrison Bailey hits his favorite target 2019 Wide Receiver Ramel Keyton, on a 43-yard bomb on the first play of the game. Which set up Harrison Bailey's 1-yard quarterback sneak a few plays later, jumping on the board first. Bailey went 3-3, for 55 yards passing on that drive. He opens up his 2nd drive of the game with another 31-yard strike to Keyton, but turned the ball over on downs. Marietta up 7-0 after the 1st quarter. Lassiter stared out the 2nd quarter moving the ball pretty well, until an ill advised throw by Lassiter QB Riopelle, that was picked off by Marietta defensive back Dewayne Smith. A few plays later, Bailey connects with Keyton on a 45 yard bomb, in the end zone for another score....but the play was negated by a holding call on the offense. The Marietta defense lead by Senior Defensive End/Outside Linebacker Kendrick Knight and Junior Defensive End Azeez Ojulari, who accounted for 80% of the tackles between the two, were very stingy in the first half. Giving up under 70 yards of offense, and an interception by Dewayne Smith. The Blue Devils took a 7-0 lead into the locker room. The Blue Devils continued in the 2nd half to rely on the arm of Harrison Bailey, who connected with WR/CB Dewayne Smith on a touchdown strike, to take a 14-0 lead over the Trojans, with 6:46 reaming in the 3rd quarter. The game looked to be put out of reach, due to the inability to move the ball by Lassiters offense. The Blue Devil offense looked to have their way against the Trojans defense. That all changed in the later part of the 3rd quarter. Lassiter put together a lengthy 4 and a half min drive, topped off with a touchdown run by Running back Mason Waters. The Trojans also put together another run heavy drive, trying to wear down the very quick and fast Blue Devil defense. Well, it paid off as Mason Waters scored his 2nd rushing touchdown on the evening, knotting the score at 14 a piece. 4:11 remained on the clock and it looks as if it may be heading to overtime. Marietta goes 3 and out, and punts the ball to the very dangerous and speedy Dawson Brown of Lassiter. He returns it 32 yards, all the way to the Blue Devil 22 yard line. Lassiter Quarterback Bradley Riopelle launches one over the head of the defensive back for a touchdown strike to his Wide Receiver Cervantes Holt, to take a 21-14 lead, after a successful PAT.
Not to turn away from the Freshman Phenom Harrison Bailey, and the county's leading passing attack. Bailey makes his first mistake of the game, and threw an interception. Picked off by the Trojans Chris Jackson, sealing the Trojan victory. That makes the 2nd week in a row that the Trojans had to battle back for a victory. Lassiter Trojans 21 Marietta Blue Devils 14