Marietta to play Warren in United Way benefit

MARIETTA – The Marietta High Tigers will once again face off with Warren High’s Warriors Sept. 5 in the third annual United Way of Washington County Bowl Game Campaign Kickoff at Warren High School.

The Warriors have come out on top in the last two bowl games, but the Tigers say they’re hungry for a win in 2014.

“It’s going to be different this year – this is our time. The Warriors are torn,” said Marietta senior Garrett Davis, captain of the MHS team during a press conference Thursday at Marietta High School.

Teammate Grant Lehman agreed.

“I think we’ve worked pretty hard, since football camp in July this year, and everybody’s committed to a win,” he said.

Senior Tiger Zack Hearn said the bowl game is for a good cause and draws a crowd.

“It’s alway’s been a big game with Warren, and it’s one of the better-attended games,” he said.

Volunteer Al Miller said the bowl game is a great kickoff for the United Way’s 2014-2015 fundraising campaign.

“We’ve set a goal to raise $223,000 to fund 17 local agencies this year,” he said. “All 17 will parade around the field prior to the bowl game.”

Those beneficiaries include The Betsey Mills Club, Boys & Girls Club of Washington County, Caring Connection, Cutler Community Center, Ely Chapman Education Foundation, EVE Inc., Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council, Marietta Bantam Baseball League, Marietta Family YMCA, Mid-Ohio Valley Fellowship Home, O’Neill Center, Parents & Friends of Hearing Impaired, The Right Path for Washington County, Salvation Army, Senior Nutrition Program at Washington-Morgan Community Action, Washington County Free Clinic and Washington County Harvest of Hope.

Two trophy cups are presented at the end of the game-one to the winner of the game, and another Spirit Trophy to the team whose school raises the most money during the game for the United Way.

“During the game members of each school’s student council and others move throughout the crowd, collecting donations,” Miller explained. “After each quarter we announce how much each school has raised, which generates a little competition in the bleachers. At the end of the game the school that raised the most money takes the Spirit Trophy home.”

He said approximately $1,500 was raised during the 2013 game.

Tigers senior and defensive tackle Tyler Haught said the team’s ready to take this year’s game.

“We’re looking forward to it,” he said. “And we’re going for both trophies this time out.”