Stuttgart 43, Marianna 8

MARIANNA – Stuttgart’s Ricebirds erupted for 40 points in the first half Thursday night and cruised to a 43-8 victory over 2-4A Conference foe Marianna.

The win gave Stuttgart the conference’s top seed and a first-round bye for the state playoffs, which start next week.

Stuttgart (9-1, 6-1 in 2-4A) rode a solid team performance to the decision. Among the players scoring for the Ricebirds were Courtney Carroll, Demontae Vincer, Dre’lon Ice and Jackson Kennedy, who returned an interception for a touchdown.

Marianna concluded its season without a win.