The Indians outscored the Hoyas 35-0 in the second quarter of their seventh straight win, a 61-21 victory at Walter Cantrell Stadium on Friday night.
Ty Clemons, who only played in the first half, ran for 159 yards and two touchdowns, threw another and caught a touchdown for McEachern (7-2, 7-0 Region 4AAAAAA), which tied Marietta for the most region titles in Cobb County history with 15.
“I think that is a significant thing for the history,” McEachern coach Kyle Hockman said. “Our kids they know but it doesn’t mean a whole lot to them. But it means a lot to McEachern. A lot to Powder Springs. A lot to former players.”
“It’s a significant situation and I’m proud to be a part of the great history that we are catching the tail end of.”
In the first quarter, when the Indians took care of the ball, they got a 67-yard touchdown run from Clemons and a 44-yard touchdown reception from the versatile quarterback. But when they didn’t, Harrison (4-5, 3-4) turned two fumbles into scores for a 14-14 tie.
“We weathered the storm,” Hockman said. “They took the ball from us and did a nice job. Just a lot of credit to our guys for hanging in there and just believing what we were doing.”
But in the following frame, McEachern proved how dangerous its offense is when the miscues are eliminated.
On the Indians’ first possession of the quarter, Mike Sherman got the barrage going with a 42-yard sprint to the end zone, giving McEachern the lead for good.
After the Hoyas missed a field goal, Clemons capped a two-play drive with a 73-yard touchdown run, which included a nice pair of cutbacks, for a
On the third play Harrison’s next possession, Glenn Frazier recovered a fumble by Lorenzo Nunez at the Hoyas’ 49. Three plays later, Ty Griffin burst up the middle for a 41-yard sprint to paydirt with 3:10 left in the half.
Then Harrison’s Drevon Jones lost a fumble on the ensuing kickoff, setting up McEachern at the Hoyas’ 31. On the next play, Clemons completed a 31-yard touchdown pass to Malik Williams, who tiptoed along the sideline into end zone for a 42-14 lead.
After a Harrison punt, Taj Griffin capped the first-half scoring with a 44-yard TD scamper, widening the margin to 35 points with 1:51 to go.