Marbury vs. Wash. County Marbury vs. Wash. County

The Marbury Bulldogs finished off their best season since 1998 by defeating their Highway 31 rivals Verbena Friday night 28-0. The win was especially sweet as the Red Devils upset Marbury in last year's annual battle in Marbury 28-20.

With the victory the Bulldogs ended the 2007 campaign with a sparkling 9-1 record. The only blemish on the schedule came on September 21 with a gut-wrenching 35-28 loss to No.6 ranked Calera. Verbena ended their season with a 3-7 record.
The annual battle started off great for the hometown fans as the Devils took the opening kickoff and kept the ball for nine minutes. However the Devils came away with no points, having to turn the ball over on downs at the Marbury 39.

Quarterback Brad Boswell hit Kelly Lucas with a 25-yard pass and Tyler Kelley ripped off a 32-yard-run. The Marbury defense halted the drive at the Bulldogs' 39. But the Bulldogs offense could not move the football and was forced to punt back to Verbena.

Verbena again made a drive deep into the Bulldogs territory behind the running of Tyler Kelley. ‘Dawgs defense turned Verbena away with out any points at the nine-yard line. Both teams' offense was having difficulties in getting any production for points in the red zone.

Very late in the first half, Darnell Spears picked off Boswell's aerial at midfield and returned it for the first touchdown of the game. Shaun Taunton kicked the first of his four extra points for a 7-0 lead with 1:55 left in the half. The Bulldogs were now cranked up offensively.

Verbena couldn't move the football, and was forced to punt to Marbury. Taking over with a short field, the Bulldogs used the running of Ronnie Johnson and Chris Ingram to move to the Devils' 23-yard line. With 46 seconds left on the halftime clock Jeremy McAdam hit Horace Warren with a 23-yard touchdown pass for a 14-0 lead at half time.

The Bulldogs took the second half kickoff at their 29-yd line and drove 71-yards for the third touchdown. The drive was a constant pounding on the ground with Johnson and Ingram doing most of the damage. Ingram scored the touchdown with a 15-yard gallop around left end.

Holding the Devils to three-and-out on the next possession, the Bulldogs began another drive. Darnell Spears highlighted the drive with a 45-yard blast down to the Verbena 37. But the drive bogged down at the Devils' 26 without any points.

Verbena took over and made one first down with Kelley rushing for the first down. The drive fizzled and the Devils punted to midfield. Marbury couldn't move the ball, and the Devils took over.

The Marbury defense came through on this possession, as Jacoby Browder picked off Boswell's pass at the ‘Dawgs 20-yard line and returned it to the Verbena one. Jeremy McAdam then snaked over for the final points of the game.

"We had a frustrating season, but I wouldn't trade our kids for anyone's. We were out-numbered in every game, but they came to play and played hard in each game," Mike Harris, Verbena's head coach said.

"Verbena came to play, and they gave us a good challenge. We stay with our game plan and persevered. That's what we will face in the playoffs, and needed a stiff challenge and we got it," Marbury coach Kyle Glover said.

Marbury will play Washington County in the first round of the state class 3A playoffs Friday night in Marbury. Kickoff is 7 p.m. source for Alabama high schol football.

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