Marietta’s only points during that stretch came on a 37-yard field goal by Clay Tolar that cut the lead to 31-24.
Marietta stayed in the game in the first half because of its special teams. A 17-yard punt return by Dorion McMickens set the Blue Devils up at the McEachern 20-yard line, and McMickens scored five plays later on a 3-yard pass from Jennings to cut the lead to 14-7 early in the second quarter. Marietta scored again three minutes later when Johnell Gipson blocked a punt and returned it 20 yards to tie the score 14-14.
It was the second consecutive week in which McEachern was hurt by its punting unit. Against Lowndes last week, 16 of the 22 points allowed by McEachern came at least indirectly from mistakes by its punt team.
The Indians outgained Marietta 244-102 and allowed just 30 yards rushing on 13 carries in the first half.