Pebblebrook, with losses at home to Southwest DeKalb and on the road against Mountain View, has looked the part of a 0-2 team. The Falcons totaled minus-11 rushing yards, gave up 268 yards on the ground and committed turnovers and penalties in a 23-0 loss against Southwest DeKalb two weeks ago.
Pebblebrook followed with three turnovers in a 14-3 loss against Mountain View while having problems with the snap and other miscues.
Another tough test begins tonight as the Falcons try to put everything together and play consistently in all phases of the game.
“In our first game, we played a very good football team in Southwest DeKalb,” Pebblebrook coach Tommy Macon said. “We played a hungry team in our second game against Mountain View. In both instances, we just weren’t up to par and made mistakes in both games.”
McEachern, on the other hand, with losses against Grayson and home against Walton, has looked nothing like a 0-2 team. The Indians played well against Grayson — the No. 1 ranked team in the nation according to both ESPN and rivals.com — for mostly three quarters before two fourth-quarter turnovers gave the teams some life as they eventually pulled away for a 31-12 victory.
The Indians also had chances against a very good Walton team and led 35-34 with just over 2 minutes remaining in the game before Anthony Price hit a game-winning 43-yard field goal with 25 seconds left to put McEachern in its first 0-2 hole since 2008.
Grayson and Walton are two of the best teams in the state in Class AAAAAA and the Indians held their own against them in both contests, begging the question of if McEachern is the best 0-2 team in the state.
“I don’t know if McEachern is the best team in the state at 0-2 because there are a lot of good teams,” Macon said. “McEachern’s played some good competition to be at
0-2 and our skill levels are very different. They have a lot of speed like Southwest DeKalb and we weren’t able to match their speed. We did a better job against Mountain View, so we understand what we’re up against. It will be a challenge, and we’ll have to limit our mistakes.”
McEachern coach Kyle Hockman also had an opinion on the best 0-2 team in the state debate.
“I think I would laugh if someone asked me that question,” he said. “Because, at this stage, it doesn’t matter. It’s pre-region for us, and it’s a period of time when I want to find out as much about my team as possible.
“You may feel good and have a lot of confidence at 2-0, but at this stage it’s about wanting to focus on getting better and making progress towards the end of the season.”
Heading in opposite directions offensively, McEachern is averaging 23.5 points per game compared to 1.5 for Pebblebrook.
“(Pebblebrook is) struggling offensively, but defensively, they’re pretty good,” Hockman said. “They have some active defensive backs and linebackers and they make a lot of tackles. Anytime you can play one-on-one defense you have a chance to succeed and they have the personnel that can do that.
“If they progress offensively (tonight), they could be a big challenge.”