That's how long Marietta High will need to play hard and be successful when it hosts Williamstown (2-0) in a cross-river football game at Don Drumm Stadium at 7 p.m. Friday.
Not one, or two, or three, but four.
Marietta High’s Quinton Coffield (10) is knocked out of bounds by Warren’s Justus Johnson (5) during prep football action at Don Drumm Stadium on Sept. 6. The Tigers lost 20-13 and hope to bounce back against visiting Williamstown Friday night.
Williamstown’s David Hastings (32) attempts to split two Magnolia defenders during prep football action on Sept. 6. The Yellowjackets won 15-14, and now play at Marietta Friday night.
And, if the contest should go into overtime, well...there can be no let-up.
If the Adam Eichhorn-coached Tigers (1-1) learned anything from their 20-13 setback to arch-rival and visiting Warren in Week 2 of the campaign, it's that one half of having the upper hand really isn't going to cut it.
In the opening period against the Andy Schob-led Warriors (1-1), Marietta trailed 7-0 after giving up a passing score. But before the end of the stanza, the Tigers were able to cut it to four on Eric Pierce's 32-yard field goal.
Late in the second quarter, Marietta linebacker Garrett Davis tackled the Warren QB in the end zone for a safety, making it 7-5. Then, just before the break, Tiger signal caller John Henry, filling in for starter Anthony Kimbrough, who rolled his ankle, hit freshman Aaron Elliott with a 39-yard scoring strike to give the orange and black its first advantage of the game, 11-7.
Looking at the halftime stats, Marietta outgained Warren in total yards, 248-28.
"We were able to move the ball against them, but some penalties got us, stopped our momentum, and hurt us," Eichhorn said. "We played really tough D against Warren in the first half."
Chance Wright led the Tigers' ground attack, rushing for 51 yards on seven carries. Unfortunately, the 6-foot-1, 201-pound senior got injured.
After completing 5-of-7 passes for 79 yards, the 6-foot, 182-pound Kimbrough also got hurt but did come in a play in the defensive secondary in the second half.
"Chance and Anthony will be day to day at this point," Eichhorn said.
Henry, who quarterbacked the Tigers to a 41-28 triumph over Morgan in the Aug. 30 season and home opener, came in for Kimbrough, and threw for 44 yards and one score.
MHS stretched its lead to 13-7 early in the third quarter when Warren hiked a ball out of the back of the end zone for another 2-point safety.
As it turned out, that would be the only points the Tigers would score in the second half. And, for the second straight game, the orange and black would not complete a pass after the break.
Meanwhile, Warren's offense got on track in the third period, and scored on two play action, aerial strikes to regain the lead.
When the game ended, the Warriors were inside the Marietta 10-yard line, and on the verge of possibly scoring.
Stat-wise, Marietta outgained Warren in total yards 282-187.
But the idea is to outscore not outgain an opponent.
MHS is hoping to bounce back against Williamstown, a perennial Class A power in W.Va.
The Terry Smith-coached Yellowjackets are coming off a 15-14 come-from-behind win against Magnolia. Kade Kiselica's 26-yard field with about 30 seconds remaining in the contest. Kiselica also hit from 24 yards out in the third quarter. The Williamstown victory was Smith's milestone 100th since taking over the reins 10 years ago.
"Anytime you talk Williamstown, you're talking about tradition," Eichhorn said. "(Jake) Tracewell is a very good QB with a lot of experience and a great athlete. He is the type of kid that can be a game-changer for them."
Against Magnolia, Tracewell completed 15 of 22 for 195 yards and one 35-yard TD pass to David Hastings. The 6-1, 170-pound Jacket signal caller also rushed for a team-high 28 yards on 17 carries.
Hastings finished with five receptions for 149 yards. Hunter Neely had five catches for 30 yards.
Marietta should be able to run on Williamstown as the Yellowjacket D gave up 210 Magnolia yards on 40 attempts.
"I don't see us having to make many adjustments to what we do," Eichhorn said.