McEachern goes to 5-0 by routing the Mustangs
by Greg Oshust
MDJ Sports Writer
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McEachern running back Taj Griffin sprints into the open field Friday night as Kennesaw Mountain’s Zack Edgar makes a futile dive for the tackle. Unbeaten McEachern now is 3-0 in the region.
McEachern running back Taj Griffin sprints into the open field Friday night as Kennesaw Mountain’s Zack Edgar makes a futile dive for the tackle. Unbeaten McEachern now is 3-0 in the region.
POWDER SPRINGS — McEachern took control of the game early and never looked back as the second-ranked Indians went on to defeat Kennesaw Mountain 41-7 in a Region 4AAAAAA game at Cantrell Stadium Friday that gives them a 5-0 record at the halfway point of the regular season.

The Indians jumped out to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter and added two more touchdowns in the second period to take a 35-0 halftime lead.

“Kennesaw Mountain came in with a good game plan,” McEachern coach Kyle Hockman said. “Defensively, we did a good job of being disciplined. Our defense is what set us up and got us the ball back quick.”

Quarterback Ty Clemons accumulated 148 total yards — 77 rushing on seven carries, including a 75-yard touchdown run, and completing 4 of 7 passes for 71 yards and two more scores to lead McEachern (5-0, 3-0).

“Offensively, Ty is our catalyst,” Hockman said. “We were trying to spread the ball around. The offensive line played pretty well, though (Kennesaw Mountain’s) blitz scheme did give us some problems with some different things.”

On the first play of McEachern’s second offensive series of the game, Clemons was thrown for a 10-yard loss to move the ball back to the Indians’ 25-yard line with 7:51 remaining in the first quarter.

However, the senior quarterback came back on the next play to storm down the field 75 yards for a touchdown and Dennis Dominguez kicked the extra point to give McEachern a 7-0 lead with 7:25 left.

The Indians scored on their next series as Ryan Sherman’s 3-yard touchdown run and Dominguez’s extra-point kick with 3:34 left in the first quarter made it 14-0.

McEachern scored for the third series in a row when Clemons threw a 24-yard scoring pass to Elijah Van Dorn and Dominguez again converted the extra point to increase the Indians’ advantage to 21-0 with 1:27 left in the first quarter.

Clemons got his second touchdown pass of the game with 7:05 remaining in the first half when he connected with T.J. Rahming on a 26-yard scoring strike, followed by Dominguez’s extra point kick, to extend McEachern’s lead to 28-0.

It didn’t take long for McEachern to score again as Christian Ford intercepted Nigel Hayes’ pass on Kennesaw Mountain’s first play of the ensuing series and ran it back 30 yards for a touchdown, with Dominguez making the extra point, at the 6:46 mark to push the Indians’ advantage to 35-0.

Kennesaw Mountain finally got on the scoreboard on the first offensive series of the second half as Jamari Carter’s 4-yard run completed a 16-play, 80-yard drive that lasted 9:34, with Chris Wink kicking the extra point, to help the Mustangs cut their deficit to 35-7 with 2:06 left in the third quarter.

McEachern would have the final word in the game, however, as Bailey Hockman threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Jeremiah Shaw with 6:49 remaining in the third quarter, with the extra point kick being blocked, to give the Indians their final margin of victory.

For Kennesaw Mountain coach Andy Scott, it was still an improvement over the Mustangs’ performance in their 55-13 loss to North Cobb last Friday.

“Probably the biggest thing is, even though the score didn’t indicate it, I thought our kids competed harder than they did last week,” Scott said. “I thought there were some incremental improvements that we made. Offensively and defensively, I thought we did our best to make McEachern earn every single yard. I thought our kids did a good job and we just have to continue to get better. McEachern is a really good football team.”

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