Preview: Class 4A -- Marist vs. Jefferson
Class 4A Championship
Who’s playing: No. 2 Jefferson (12-0) vs. No. 1 Marist (12-0)
When: Tuesday, 3:30 p.m.
How they got there: Jefferson def. Mt. Zion Jonesboro 65-0, def. Hapeville Charter 35-0, def. Carver-Columbus 28-22, def. Benedictine 42-35. Marist def. Central Carroll 49-0, def. Flowery Branch 24-0, def. Perry 36-7, def. Bainbridge 42-0.
Previous meeting: First meeting.
Top players for Jefferson: QB Malaki Starks, RB Kolton Jones, WR Jordan Neese, OL Colton Steele, LB Rem Maxwell, LB Kadin Bailey, DL Paxton Conley. Top players for Marist: QB Champ Davis, QB Hayden Richardson, RB Lincoln Parker, LB Grey Taylor, LB Derek McDonald.
Game notes: Jefferson is playing in its first championship game since 2012 when legendary coach T. McFerrin took the Dragons to the title in his final game. It will be Jefferson’s fourth appearance in the title game. Marist has won two championships under coach Alan Chadwick (1989, 2003) and last played for the title in 2017. Chadwick is in his 36th season and is two wins shy of his 400th career victory.