McEachern shines on both sides of ball in 39-7 victory
by Steve Ruthsatz
MDJ Sports Correspondent
September 29, 2012 02:20 AM | 4601 views | 4 4 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
McEachern at Kennesaw Mountain

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KENNESAW — A balanced rushing attack by McEachern lifted the visiting Indians to a 39-7 Region 4AAAAAA win over Kennesaw Mountain on Friday night at Cobb Energy/Mustang Stadium.

“Our defense played really well and was very disciplined,” McEachern head coach Kyle Hockman said. “We executed offensively and spread the ball around. Overall, I’m pleased with a lot of things.”

After moving deep into the Mustangs’ territory on their first two possessions, the Indians lost the ball with turnovers — the first one on an interception in the end zone and another on a fumble at the 2-yard line. But McEachern sill managed to put the first points on the board when the defense swarmed Kennesaw Mountain quarterback Nigel Hayes for a safety, giving the Indians a 2-0 lead with 4:45 to go in the first quarter.

Following a free kick, the Indians (3-2, 3-0) took possession at midfield and concluded the scoring drive on a 7-yard touchdown run by Mike Sherman. Dennis Dominguez’s first of five successful extra points made the score 9-0 with 38 seconds left in the opening period.

Three more scores by McEachern in just over 2 minutes put the Indians up 25-0 with 8:37 remaining in the first half. Another safety, this one when a high snap from center on a punt attempt by the Mustangs (1-3, 0-3) went through the end zone, and a pair of touchdowns, one on a 4-yard run by Ty Clemons and another on a 5-yard scamper by Ty Griffin, gave McEachern a commanding lead.

On the ensuing possession, Kennesaw Mountain lined up for a 43-yard field goal attempt but faked it. Dennis Bell completed a 26-yard touchdown pass to Brian Piejak, Adrien White added the point-after and the Mustangs trimmed their deficit to 25-7 at the 3:09 mark of the second quarter.

With 2:05 to go in the third period, the Indians’ Kell Parham intercepted a pass and returned it 48 yards for a touchdown, making it a 32-7 contest.

On the next play from scrimmage, McEachern again came up with an interception. Three snaps later, the Indians’ Taj Griffin scored a touchdown on a 2-yard run, making it a 39-7 game with 57.7 seconds remaining.

Kennesaw Mountain had opportunities to score down the stretch, but a lost fumble on McEachern’s 3-yard line and an interception in the end zone as time expired denied the Mustangs.

“McEachern is ultimately a playoff team and we shot ourselves in the foot offensively a number of times,” Kennesaw Mountain head coach Andy Scott said. “But I’m very proud of our kids and how hard they played.”

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@middleof the road
October 01, 2012
You are correct about the sportsmanship, I heard this summer in a "one hand touch" 7 on 7 match against North Cobb, their LB leveled a NC WR and sent him to the hospital, to make the situation worse, some KM players were laughing and high fiving while the player was down.

They werent laughing 2 weeks ago when NC put 50 on them.
September 29, 2012
Observer ...Finley was in most of the game on Special Teams and Defense
middleof theroad
September 29, 2012
Anyone who plays KMHS football team needs to be aware that the football players play 'dirty' ball. Many of the players are throwing punches in most plays on the field. Very bad sportsmanship.
The Observer
September 29, 2012
If Nigel Hayes was under center for the game, was Dallin Finley been benched, or is he injured?
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