No. 17 Marietta holds off No. 8 St. Joseph's Prep 21-17

No. 17 Marietta (Ga.) took down No. 8 St. Joseph's Prep (Philadelphia) 21-17 in front of a national audience Friday night on ESPNU.

The Top 25 showdown lived up to the billing and then some with a heart-stopping final 2:22 that put a cap on an entertaining back-and-forth affair.

St. Joseph's Prep opened the scoring mid-way through the second quarter with an eight play, 80-yard drive culminating with a 29-yard diving touchdown catch by Malik Cooper.

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Marietta quickly evened things up at 7-7 on a one yard touchdown run by Kimani Vidal on an 11 play, 80-yard drive set up by three big grabs by 5-star tight end Arik Gilbert.

Marietta struck first in the second half, finishing a five play 70-yard drive with a 39 yard touchdown reception by Gilbert to take a 14-7 advantage early in the third quarter.

As both teams struggled to gain traction, defensive lineman Anthony Leneghan made a momentum-shifting play with a 30 yard interception return late in the third. ...

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