There was already plenty of excitement for the Marietta Indians coming into this season with a new head coach in Sam Powers.

There was already plenty of excitement for the Marietta Indians coming into this season with a new head coach in Sam Powers.

After Friday night’s performance against Healdton, it’s easy to see why.

Marietta managed to overcome an early deficit against the Bulldogs to eventually claim a 33-26 victory at Horton Field, giving Powers his first victory in charge of the Indians. 

Following a scoreless first quarter, Healdton struck first when Wade Etter scored a 14-yard rushing touchdown. Healdton led 7-0 after the extra point from Fernando Garvaldi.

But the Indians came right back as Zack Spanglo broke loose for a 67-yard touchdown run, tying the game at 7-7 after the extra point from Javier Serrano.

Just before the break though it was the Bulldogs getting in front through a one-yard touchdown from Josh Harvey, making it 13-7 after the failed extra point.

Midway through the third quarter it was all tied up again at 13-13 when Spanglo got his second touchdown of the evening, this time a six-yard run. The score remained tied following the missed extra point.

The back-and-forth nature of the game continued near the end of the third quarter when Healdton regained the lead thanks to Alex Trent and his one-yard touchdown.

However, the Bulldogs missed the extra point, leaving them with a 19-13 advantage.

Less than three minutes into the fourth quarter, it was once again tied between the two teams.

Nolan Birks found Carlos Whibbey for a 46-yard touchdown pass making the score 19-19.

But just when the Indians thought they had some momentum, Healdton came right back on the ensuing kickoff when Austin Perdue went 80-yards for the touchdown, putting the Bulldogs up 26-19.

However, Healdton couldn’t contain Marietta on the Indians next possession, and more specifically Spanglo.

A 43-yard touchdown run by Spanglo gave him his third touchdown of the evening, and more importantly got Marietta within one at 26-25.

Coleby Ing then gave the Indians the lead as he rushed in for a two-point conversion.

Caleb McGehee finished the game off for Marietta late in the fourth as he pushed his way in for a one-yard touchdown run. 

Harvey finished the game with 13 carries for 73 yards for the Bulldogs, with Trent totaling 17 carries for 68 yards. Etter had nine carries for 62 yards. 

Spanglo was the leading rusher for the Indians, carrying the ball 21 times for 205 yards and three touchdowns. 

Birkes finished the game 6-of-10 passing for 125 yards and one touchdown. 

Marietta (1-0) will play its home opener at 7:30 p.m. Friday night against Elmore City-Pernell, while Healdton (0-1) is also at home as the Bulldogs take on Comanche.