Georgia Bulletin

The Newspaper of the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta


Marist Runs Off Fifth Straight Victory

By MICHAEL ALEXANDER, Staff Photographer | Published October 16, 2008

After an opening season loss to St. Pius X High School, Marist School has gone about its business knocking off all subsequent contenders in its path. The team has been victorious in its last five games and is undefeated in region play. Marist furthered its cause Oct. 10 with a 37-7 win over Forsyth Central High School of Cumming. The team is averaging nearly 36 points per game, and the defense is holding the opposition to 9 points per game.

With eight seconds left in the first quarter, the Marist team put its first points on the board when junior kicker Justin Moore kicked a 27-yard field goal. In the second quarter Marist added two more scores. Quarterback Sam McNearny, who also plays defensive back, intercepted a pass and ran it back 30 yards for a touchdown. With 30 seconds remaining in the second quarter, running back Patrick Sullivan took it in from one yard out to give Marist a 17-0 lead. From his quarterback position, McNearny had two touchdown runs, one of seven yards in the third quarter and one of 37 yards in the fourth quarter. He led the team in rushing with 109 yards for the game.

Forsyth Central quarterback Dustin Canon provided his team’s only touchdown on a run from 19 yards out with 2:35 left in the game. Marist scored its final touchdown on a 49-yard run by third-string quarterback Cole Truxillo.

Marist (5-1) plays Miller Grove High School (2-2-1) of Lithonia, Friday, Oct. 17, at Panthersville Stadium. A victory this week would give the Marist football program its 600th win in school history. Marist is currently seventh in all-time wins among Georgia high schools.

Blessed Trinity High School, Roswell, made it a happy homecoming for current and returning students as the team defeated The Lovett School 42-38 Oct. 10. Blessed Trinity fullback Sam Burkhalter led the offense with 24 carries for 227 yards and three touchdowns. That brings his touchdown total to 12 for the season. Quarterback Kohl Hegetschweiler had one rushing touchdown and was also 10 of 18 passing with 246 yards and one touchdown and one interception. Court Kasten and Jake Skole led the defense with 10 tackles apiece. Skole also ran an interception back for a 43-yard touchdown. Blessed Trinity (5-1) faces Cross Keys High School (0-5), Atlanta, Friday, Oct. 17.

Pinecrest Academy, Cumming, shut out its homecoming and region opponent, Mount Vernon Presbyterian School, 30-0, Oct. 10. Pinecrest quarterback Zach Wilson had 117 yards on 17 carries, 65 of them coming on a touchdown run in the first quarter. Mount Vernon only managed 68 total offensive yards against the Pinecrest defense. Pinecrest (4-2-1) travels to Macon to take on another regional adversary, Central Fellowship Christian Academy (1-5).


In Other Scores (Oct. 10)

Holy Spirit Prep School 61

Central Fellowship Christian 0

Our Lady of Mercy 35

Southwest Atlanta Christian 8