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Woodward Academy, Blessed Trinity, and St. Pius X could not match the War Eagles on the gridiron
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Photographer: Maggie Briesacher
The War Eagles offense lines up against a very determined Golden Lions defense, but our varsity team would not be denied.

The varsity football team had the hardest 5-game stretch in the program’s history this season, playing the 2nd best team in 6A, the number one player in the class of 2025, and a top-30 team from Alabama.

The War Eagles currently sit at an outstanding record of 9-1 and are the 8th-ranked team in 6A, all the while being the smallest team in the 6A classification.

Inside this amazing 9-1 record were three massive wins over well-known cross-town rivals:

First, Woodward Academy traveled up to Hughes Spalding Stadium for the War Eagles’ third game of the year.

With the score tied 10-10 going into the 4th quarter, Whit Blackburn came up with a fumble recovery in the red zone for the game to go into overtime.

Marist would have first possession in overtime, and they would drive down and punch it in with 4-year varsity player Jackson Hughes. 

Then in overtime, William Pruitt came up with a fumble recovery. Helping Marist take a 17-10 win in the first cross-town rivalry game of the season, and snapping their 2-game losing streak against Woodward.

The War Eagles would next travel up to Blessed Trinity. This cross-town rivalry, largely sparked by its 2017 state championship, has been very one-sided in recent years.

With a 55-yard rushing touchdown from Jack Eaurt during the last play of the first half, Marist never looked back, winning the game 31-14 and extending their win streak to three against the Titans.

Finally, Marist played against St. Pius X at home for their senior night and the first time at home against St. Pius since 2018. 

In the iconic “Fish Bowl” rivalry, the game featured two talented tough defenses and a lot of triple option. Marist was the only team that scored the whole game and shut out Pius for a 17-0 win.

As a result of the Fish Bowl win, Marist won the region and will now fly into the playoffs on a 9-game winning streak.

About the Contributor
Alex Bok, Staff Writer
Alex Bok joined The Blue & Gold staff his senior year. Alex makes content for the weekly MBC show and is a broadcaster for MST in the winter and spring.  He currently has a podcast called Bok Fantasy Talk, which is currently on the Apple Podcasting charts with its highest rating of 89. Alex is also on the varsity football team. He is an avid Falcons fan and Braves fan. For his future goals, he plans to major in broadcast journalism next fall in hopes of becoming a broadcaster in the future.