by Kristen Parker
In Atlanta GA for the annual matchup of Marist vs. Tucker, the Tucker Tigers were favored going into the game and got on the scoreboard first with a field goal. They quickly added to their score with a touchdown, making the score 9-0 with 6:56 remaining in the first quarter.
Marist drove the ball downfield to answer the Tucker touchdown with a field goal, making the score 9-3 with 1:31 left in the 1st quarter. The Marist defense held off Tucker at the 20-yard line as they forced a fumble with 0:01 remaining in the quarter. Both teams remained scoreless throughout the second quarter.
Entering the second half here at Marist HS, the War Eagles came out strong. With 3:19 left in the 3rd quarter, Marist scored and got the extra point, taking the lead 10-9. The Marist defense held Tucker to 0 points after 4 downs within the 5 yard line. After Marist recovered a Tucker fumble, they scored one more touchdown and extra point, but Tucker scored a TD and 2-point conversion, with the game ending in a 17-17 tie and headed into overtime in front of an excited and energized crowd of fans from both sides.
Tucker won the overtime coin toss, choosing to be on defense. Marist took offense at the 15 yard line and scored a touchdown and extra point, making the score 24-17. Tucker answered, however, taking the ball at the 15-yard line for their four downs and scored as well. 24-24. Marist got the ball again and could not get the ball into the end zone, stopped at the four yard line. In the final play of the game, Tucker took the game, scoring a touchdown and ending the overtime game with a score of 31-24.