Later in the quarter, Lowndes partially blocked a punt deep in Marietta territory and gained possession at the 14-yard line. Four plays later, Jacurri Brown threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Ferringhetti Brown on fourth-and-12 to make it a 17-9 game (the Vikings’ extra-point attempt was partially blocked) with 11:09 remaining.
Lowndes got possession one more time with a chance to tie the game, taking over at its 20 with 8:07 left, but Marietta’s Peter Warrick intercepted a fourth-down pass at his 2-yard line with 4:42 to play.
Marietta was able to run out the clock with seven consecutive runs by Vidal that covered 50 yards.
Vidal finished with 67 yards rushing on 15 carries.
Quarterback Harrison Bailey was 22-of-31 passing for 271 yards. Arik Bailey had 11 receptions for 146 yards.
“It’s a great feeling, the best feeling I’ve ever had. They’re great players, they’re my brothers, and this is the best way of going out,” Vidal said of his fellow seniors.
Marietta wasted no time seizing control. The Blue Devils drove 79 yards in 14 plays on its first possession, taking 6:19 off the clock, and scored on Vidal’s first touchdown run. Bailey was 7-of-8 passing for 54 yards on the drive.
Vidal scored his second touchdown early in the second quarter to make it 14-0, and Kipp kicked his field goal with 21 seconds left in the half.
Lowndes - 0-0-3-6 - 9
Marietta - 7-10-0-0 - 17
M - Kimani Vidal 2 run (Cooper Kipp kick), 5:41
M - Vidal 2 run (Kipp kick), 9:27
M - Kipp 26 field goal, 0:21
L - Jose Palacios 27 field goal, 1:52
L - Ferringhetti Brown 16 pass from Jacurri Brown (kick blocked), 11:09