Corbin Alkire helps Marietta surge past rival Warren, 55-21
The southpaw quarterback passed for 113 yards and rushed for 91 yards as Marietta High downed the host Warriors, 55-21, in prep football action Friday night.
“He played well,” said MHS head coach Jason Schob, whose Tigers improved their record to 2-0. “The biggest thing, I thought, in the second half, we were in a few third-down situations, and he made the proper read and got crucial first downs.”
The 6-foot-2, 190-pound Alkire scored one touchdown and passed for another. Tony Munos, Kory Science, and Chase Taylor each added two TDs, while Kail Hill ran a punt back for a score.
“We’re pretty versatile offensively,” Schob said. “But there’s still a lot of things we need to fine-tune.”
Defensively, Marietta limited Warren to 19 first-half total yards. Quinton Southerly had a first-half interception, while Brady Vincent picked one off in the second half.
And, on special teams, the Tigers ran two kicks back for touchdowns.
“We’re pretty well-rounded right now,” Schob said.
Dan Day-coached Warren (0-2) struggled offensively in the opening half, but came alive after the break as Kurt Taylor threw three TD passes, two to Brandon Simoniette and one to Brett Gandee.
On defense, freshman J.T. Rice recovered a fumble, which led to a Warrior score.
Marietta spent most of the first half in Warren’s half of the field. With that kind of field position, the Tigers scored four rushing TDs, two in the first quarter and two in the second.
Chase Taylor staked MHS to a 6-0 advantage with a five-yard run. About three minutes later, Munos ran eight yards to paydirt, and the Tigers led 14-0 at the end of one.
Both of Marietta second-quarter TDs came late with Alkire running one yard and Science rushing nine yards to the end zone.
At halftime, the Tigers led 28-0, and had amassed 239 total yards.
Early in the third quarter, Alkire passed 23 yards to Science for a score and after the PAT conversion, Marietta led 35-0.
With a running clock, the Tigers stretched their lead to 42-0 on Chase Taylor’s second six-pointer, a one-yard run, of the contest.
Then, Hill made some nifty moves on a punt return, and scored from 33 yards out making it 48-0.
Late in the third, Warren got on the board when Kurt Taylor hooked up with Simoniette for a 73-yard scoring strike.
Early in the final period, Warren’s Rice recovered a Tiger fumble deep in MHS territory. Capitalizing on the turnover, Taylor passed 14 yards to Simoniette for a TD.
But on the ensuing kickoff, Munos ran it back to the house, and Marietta led 55-14.
“It was a nice return,” Schob said. “He’s an athlete.”
With seven seconds left in the game, Taylor tossed his third TD to Gandee.