On a wet Friday night in Atlanta tailgating grills were burning, infamous southern fried catfish was being served and spectators were packing the stands waiting enthusiastically for the 7:30pm kick-off at Evans Stadium. The Great American Rivalry Series game between Tucker and Marist was a matchup between two top ten teams in the state of Georgia. As the defending 4A state champion Tucker was favored to win, however that did not intimidate nor deter Marist in their quest to take home the USMC Great American Rivalry Series Championship Trophy.
Tucker’s scholarship winner is Devin Scott, son of Dennis Scott. Devin is a half-back and offensive linebacker and has a 3.53 grade point average.
Marist’s winner is Patrick Mooney. The son of John and Ann Mooney, Patrick is a defensive lineman for the War Eagles with a 4.11 GPA.
The game was jam packed with big plays and intense moments. Unfortunately for Tucker, most big plays came from the Marist offense. Marist's running attack was unstoppable. They rushed for 376 yards, including 317 yards of total offense. While Tucker respectively rushed for 228 yards, it just was not enough. Tucker had little success running ball and just could not shut down Marist.
After the Marine's Hall of Fame presentation Tucker, known as "Running Back University", became more energetic in the third quarter but, it was too little too late. Marist's Sam McNearney, game MVP, could not be shut down and Marist went on to win the game 32-7.
The crowd loved the Marine's presence. The Chin up Challenge was a huge success with a constant crowd surrounding the Marine's booth. The Marines were graciously thanked for their involvement as they awarded the MVP and handed over the Championship Trophy
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