KINGSTON — Kingston's Garrett Voyles had 320 rushing yards on 25 carries and five touchdowns as Kingston rolled past Marietta 53-34 at Harold "Bulldog Henry" Field.
The win gave Kingston the fourth playoff spot in District 2A-4 and sends them to Lindsay to take on the Leopards this Friday in the opening round of the Class 2A playoffs.
The Redkins scored on their first eight possessions.
Kingston (5-5 overall and 3-3 in district play) averaged more than 11 yards per run with 481 rushing yards on 42 carries and finished with 521 yards of total offense.
After shaking off some early game jitters, Marietta scored on five straight possessions to keep the game within reach. But ultimately the Indians’ inability to stop Voyles and the Kingston rushing game allowed the Redskins to put the contest out of reach.
Cody Flesher scored on a 15-yard scoring run.
Voyles ran it in from nine yards out to put Kingston up 14-0 in the first five minutes of the game.
Marietta's Govani Sanchez scored on a 3-yard run to cut the lead to one score, but a 6-yard dash right up the middle by Voyles had the Redskins up 21-6 after the first quarter.
"This is the third week in a row that Garrett has gone over 300 yards," Kingston coach John Caraway said. "He is just a sophomore, but he has good vision and is difficult to bring down. This was a typical Kingston/Marietta game. It always seems like when these two teams play something important is on the line. And it doesn't get any bigger than tonight where the winner goes to the playoffs and the losers' season is over. I am very proud of the way we came out and got the job done."
Marietta (6-4,2-4) cut the lead to nine when Jonathan Escobedo scored on a 1-yard run early in the second.
Kingston kicker Trey Keats kicked a 21-yard field goal to up the Redskin advantage to 24-12.
An 18-yard scoring toss by quarterback Kyler Erwin to Michael McCarroll cut the lead to four with 1:15 left before intermission.
With 26 seconds left in the half, Kingston's Cody Flesher hit Stoney Lowe in stride on a post route of 35 yards to give the Redskins a 31-20 halftime lead.
"I was proud of the way our players fought tonight and never gave up," Marietta coach Matt Suffal said. "We had some injuries to some of our key players over the last half of the season, and I was very pleased with the way our younger players stepped up and played. We just did not have the experience with those players that we had with the older ones going down."
Voyles took center stage again in the third with two 55-yard touchdown runs and one of 35 yards.
Erwin hit Chris Campos with touchdown passes of 30 yards and 65 yards.
Kingston headed to the fourth with a 51-34 lead.
"We made some key stops on defense that we had to have to win the game," Caraway said. "Our offense was outstanding all night until we turned it over twice by fumbles in the fourth. We had to keep scoring because Marietta was putting up a lot of points as well. Escobedo is quite a running back, and we had trouble getting him tackled. And their quarterback (Erwin) made some great throws. I'm just thankful we had enough offense to offset their offensive attack."
Erwin was 7 of 13 through the air for 174 yards and three touchdowns. Campos had three receptions for 116 yards and one touchdown.
"This was a record-breaking year for us," Suffal said. "This is the first time we had started the season 5-0 since 1987. We set a record in points in a game when we got 68 against Atoka. Beating Ringling was another high point for this squad. We have a lot to be proud of with this teams' accomplishments. I just wish we could have made the playoffs. The players accomplished a lot of great things this year."