December 12, 2003
(Atlanta-AP) -- Michael Ashkouti scored two touchdowns and Number six Marist ended a string of frustrating games against Thomas County Central, taking a 35-to-21 win in a Class Quad-A state semifinals tonight.
The War Eagles (13-1), who won the Triple-A title in 1989, advanced to play in the state final next week against the winner of tomorrow's game between Statesboro and Tucker.
Sean McVay rushed for 56 yards and passed for 57 for Marist, which had lost three previous semifinal games at the Georgia Dome to Thomas Central, including a 35-to-34 overtime loss in 2002.
Marist took its first lead midway through the third quarter on Ashkouti's 25-yard run. Four plays after Thomas County Central fumbled away the ensuing kickoff at its 10-yard line, Ashkouti scored from a yard out to make it 27-to-14.
Christopher Ashkouti's 44-yard interception return put the game out of reach. Erik Walden rushed for 104 yards and passed for 139 Thomas County Central (12-2).
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