“It’s important to see the fruits of our labor,” McEachern coach Kyle Hockman said. “We’ve had 22 practices in the last 19 days and it’s been a grind. Seeing the fruits of our labor is the important part. (Running the football) is a big part of the game, especially when you have two guys (Griffin and Clemons) who can do it.”
While the offense racked up 390 total yards, with 323 of them coming on the ground, McEachern’s defense clamped down on the Broncos opening drive, which resulted in a field goal.
The Indians (1-0) forced Brookwood (0-1) to punt on its next four possessions and no Brookwood rusher had more than 30 yards in the game.
“I have to give a lot of credit to the defense,” Hockman said. “They were giving the offense opportunity after opportunity after opportunity. It was a dynamic performance.”
It wasn’t the cleanest game McEachern has played. The Indians were penalized 14 times for 120 yards, but even that couldn't slow their offense down.
McEachern scored 24 unanswered points. A 47-yard run by Griffin on the third play of the Indians opening drive of the game led to a 14-yard touchdown run by Sherman.
After Dennis Dominguez booted a 32-yard field goal with 2:15 left to play in the first quarter, Griffin opened the second with his 90-yard sprint to the end zone and the Indians went into the half with a 17-3 lead.
McEachern would extend its lead on an eight-play drive to open the second half. It started with a 20-yard scramble by Clemons, followed by 15 more yards when Brookwood committed a personal foul, and Clemons capped it with an 11-yard run.
McEachern’s 24-3 appeared secure enough to insert a few of its backups into the game but Brookwood scored a touchdown on 5-yard pass from McLane to Matthew Price with 3:59 left to play in the fourth quarter.
The Indians sent in their starters in for the final drive and Uche Nkadi scored when he recovered Alizee Chubbs fumble into the end zone following a 14-yard run.