Indians use resounding victory to set their place as region’s top team
by Adam Carrington
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October 20, 2012 02:26 AM | 7079 views | 13 13 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
North Cobb at McEachern

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POWDER SPRINGS — McEachern wanted to make an early statement in Friday night’s game against North Cobb — a game pivotal toward the Region 4AAAAAA standings.

The 10th-ranked Indians did so on their opening drive of the game, when Ty Griffin sprinted into the end zone from 37 yards out to cap a four-play scoring drive that started on their own 20-yard line.

McEachern then went on to score twice more in the first quarter and add another three touchdowns in the second, and it already had a four-possession lead at the half before winning 49-27 at Walter Cantrell Stadium.

“We’ve been working hard, trying to start better, because we haven’t been starting good,” McEachern coach Kyle Hockman said. “They responded. That’s what so neat about this team.”

McEachern (6-2, 6-0) accumulated 481 total yards against North Cobb (5-2, 3-2), with 338 coming from the ground.

Griffin, an offseason transfer from North Cobb, led the Indians with 127 yards on 18 carries. Clemons totaled 95 yards on six carries, and Taj Griffin had six carries for 82 yards.

Even though the Warriors had some success moving the ball — quarterback Tyler Queen threw for 210 yards and rushed for 56 —they didn’t have enough firepower to keep up with McEachern’s weapons. North Cobb’s leading receiver, Xavier Borishade, didn’t have a catch.

“Our game plan was a great game plan,” Hockman said. “Our offensive coach did a great job, and our defense played their tails off and did a really good job against a very good offense. I’m just proud of our guys.”

North Cobb kept the game close for most of the first quarter. It struck back on its second drive after a weak McEachern punt gave the Warriors a short field, and they capitalized five plays later, when Queen found Cameron Albright in the end zone for a 6-yard strike.

But North Cobb was unable to solve McEachern’s offense the entire first half. McEachern consecutive touchdowns in the final 2 minutes of the first quarter to break the game open.

The first touchdown came on an 8-yard run by Ty Griffin, and the second came on a 30-yard scamper by Taj Griffin after Queen threw an interception on the previous play.

The Indians added to their lead on the first play of the second quarter when Clemons disguised a running play before going deep to T.J. Rahming for a 42-yard touchdown. They would strike again 3 minutes later on another touchdown pass — a 39-yard pass from Ty Griffin to tight end Chris Okeh for a 35-6 lead.

North Cobb fought back on its ensuing drive and cut into the lead with a 3-yard run by Queen, but McEachern answered before the half with three straight running plays of 25 yards or more. That set up a 4-yard touchdown up the middle by Ty Griffin for a 42-13 halftime lead.

With a second-half comeback unlikely, the Warriors scored twice in the second half to make it more respectable. Queen had two 20-yard touchdown passes to Nick Miller and J’Vonte Herrod.

McEachern put the finishing touches when Ty Griffin hit Clemons for a 27-yard touchdown early in the fourth.
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Matt P
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November 12, 2012
Isnt the QB from NC A Sophmore? wow 2more years of him! lookout. MHS wont last long either becouse the still need to prove they can beat those big country boys from South Georgia. Oh by the way if the run up on a time that can play smash mouth defense and stop the run, they ARE DONE. NO ARM MHS QB.
Football Fan
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October 22, 2012
To Cobb Football Fan: If you think for one minute that 'Daddy Ball' isn't being played at North Cobb, you need to have your head examined.
west cobber
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October 22, 2012
The McEachern folks I know did not really care about the whole Griffin/Queen issue. My guess is the only ones posting about it on here or any of the boards are the family and/or close friends of the two parties involved.

The bottom line is the final result from the game and it was one of the more surprising results I have seen in a while in a contest that most figured would come down to the end. That Indians team has improved every single week since the Kell Classic game and last Friday night they showed themselves to be the dominate team in Region 4, no argument. The preparation and execution was on another level, the proof being a 42-13 halftime score which allowed me to head out the door. To North Cobb's credit, they never quit, though I heard the frustration of losing showed on the field at times in the 2nd half.

Very, very tough to stop that many weapons on offense...the more impressive thing to me was the Mac defense holding such a high scoring offense in check and shutting down one of the best receivers in the county.
Coach Richt
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October 22, 2012
@west cobber, your comment is about close to the truth as Ive ever read on here. Why, those of us at NC dont care about the Griffins, thus it seems the MHS people dont care about the Queens. Therefore, the only ones on here going back and forth are the parties involved using different names each time to make it look like many people care, NOBODY CARES.

Case in point, obviously Im not Coach Richt but blogs allow you to use handles other than who you really are. So, please move on families. As long as the test scores and grades are there, the Griffin kids and the Queen kid will move onto to college and play ball.

ENUFF ALREADY!
Cobb football fan
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October 21, 2012
Why can't you people leave it alone. Queen never had an issue with the Griffen boys. The young kid would have had as much or more success at NC as he is having at Mac. The issue was with the parents. The parents felt like the older kid was a "pure pocket QB". Even nonfootball people know that's not the case. In fact, he's a wildcat qb at Mac too. There is no doubt that the Queen kid is the better all around QB (average runner, exceptional passer), the Griffen kid is a (exceptional runner, and below average passer). What happened at NC wasn't and still isn't Daddy ball. Queen played the best QB. If only the adults could start acting like adults, the kids could enjoy sports again.
Region One
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October 22, 2012
Leave North Cobb alone. Even if they make the playoffs they will be sent home after one game.

Again.
Reality Check
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October 22, 2012
The same perception you have of Ty Griffin as a African American QB is the same issue every African American QB has to deal with from HS to college to the NFL, which is the perception that because they are athletic it some how dismiss the fact that they have the ability to pass. Lets look at the stats from Friday, you classified Ty as a below avg passer and Tyler as an above average passer. Ty was 4 for 4 almost 80 yards and two TD's with 0 Int's, I personally would categorize that as above averaged performance. Tyler Queen had a passer rating of 58% and 3 INT and that I would put in the below average column. But as I always say perception is reality not reality itself.
Same Success?
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October 22, 2012
The statement that the Griffin kid would have had just as much if not the same success, is a lie. Reason being Queen wasn't going to allow this kids talent to be seen,so he could continue to distort the truth and stats in favor of his kid. Of course the kid on the field is going to have better numbers than the kid on the side line.

NCHS was average last year because defense could only hold a team for so long. There were games where defense hadn't given up anything only to have offense( qb queen in particular) to fumble and give up points and lose games. So yes we were average last year, but did everyone forget it was because offense was so bad?

The Queen kid has improved a good bit this year but is still no comparison to the kid we lost.
Same Success
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October 24, 2012
Hey Cobb football fan, The kids and the parents are ALREADY enjoying sports (football)at McEachern. Go Indians!
the Blueprint
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October 21, 2012
Looks like McEachern defined the scheme for taking out "Shade" and gave the blurprint to the region on how to beat the Warriors.
Creme de le Creme
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October 20, 2012
As Shane Queen likes to say, " the cream always rises to the top". Well, the cream not only rose to the top, it OVERFLOWED in the mceachern Cantrell Stadium last night!
Guy Smiley
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October 20, 2012
Everyone is happy. Mceachern gets the W and North Cobb keeps Daddy ball.

Griffin boys were in beast mode.
Volvo Al
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October 20, 2012
Way to go McEachern my alma mater! North Cobb ran up the score on KMHS this year when KMHS is young and a little down. Thanks for the payback! You showed them they are only wanta-bees and not the real thing like you are!
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