McEachern runs to victory over Lassiter
by Adam Carrington
August 31, 2013 02:49 AM | 4741 views | 8 8 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
POWDER SPRINGS — In a game that nearly took 3 1/2 hours, McEachern ended up grinding it out on the ground.

The Indians rolled up 420 rushing yards to outlast the Trojans 42-28 at Walter Cantrell Field late Friday – and early Saturday -- in the second game of the “Battle of I-75.”

Taj Griffin led the way with 154 yards on 22 carries and Ty Clemons finished with with 128 yards on 13 carries.

With the game tied at 21-all after two quarters, the normal 20-minute halftime became roughly 40 minutes when the the stadium lights went out. The lights were on a timer that was set to go off at midnight.

When the lights came back on, McEachern (2-0) came out running the read option with Clemons getting carries of 9, 14 and 15 yards before scrambling 18-yards for a touchdown.

McEachern never relinquished the lead, and added to it, when Ryan Sherman scored on a 12-yard burst.

“There were a lot of good plays (in the second half) and we did a lot of good things,” McEachern coach Kyle Hockman said. “The offensive line gave (our backs) a lot of space.”

They also got help from McEachern’s defense. In the third quarter, the Indians held the Trojans to just six snaps for minus-8 yards.

Lassiter (0-1) seized the fourth quarter momentum when it blocked a McEachern field goal attempt and Derek Lloyd recovered on the Trojans’ 45.

Lassiter would go on to score on a 13-yard run by backup quarterback Russell Aarons to cut the McEachern lead to 35-28 with 8:43 left to play.

But McEachern responded when Alizee Chubbs scored on the next drive from four yards out.

“Lassiter’s a tough team and very scrappy,” Hockman said. “They’ll be one of the tougher teams we play.”

McEachern led by two touchdowns early in the second quarter before Lassiter climbed its way back into the game.

The Lassiter rally started with less than 7 minutes left to play in the half when Clemons threw an interception to Clay Roelle while trying to make a play under pressure. The Trojans made him pay immediately when Anderson threw a 17-yard screen pass to Lane Jackman for a touchdown.

After Corey John sacked Clemons to force a fourth down and make McEachern punt on the next possesion, Lassiter drove 83 yards to tie the game on 11 plays -- all on the ground -- when Corey John scored on a 2-yard run with 7 seconds left.

Clemons and McEachern were cruising before he threw the interception.

McEachern had just scored back-to-back touchdowns, the second coming on a 42-yard scramble by Clemons to give the Indians a 21-7 cushion in the opening minute of the second quarter.

McEachern’s scored on its opening drive on a Clemons 17-yard pass to Artise Clarke.

Lassiter answered by converting on fourth-and-8 when Anderson connected to Quincy Pursue for a 22-yard gain, before Anderson scored from three yards out two plays later.

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Long Time Trojan
September 03, 2013
I was happy to see Russell Aarons get in the game at QB. I think the team responds better when he is in the game.
Long Time Trojan II
September 07, 2013
You are absolutely correct! Aarons has been here a long time and I'm very surprised that Coach Irwin didn't see his potential. The headlines and speculations would be totally different if Aarons had been the starter... He could have been Lassiter's "next" Hutson Mason or Eddie Printz, instead the QB situation was "shaky" because of a "move-in" AAA private school kid. The choice to rent in the district doesn't come without consequences. Let's be smart and see REAL QB comparisons!
September 02, 2013
Tough start to the season for Lassiter, but McEachern is going to be a very, very good team. Sounds like penalties hurt Lassiter (their 1st game vs Mac's 2nd) may have hurt a little too, especially in the 2nd half. Hopefully they got those jitters out of the way and can focus on getting better each week.

From the stats also sounded like the Trojans' air attack was shaky at best, but I expect that to get better. Definitely think the running game will be a focus for at least the next couple weeks until the WR and QB can get a flow going. Really liked what I saw of the freshman RB in their scrimmage a couple weeks ago. Also, anyone know if Anderson was hurt seriously? I know they changed QBs after he got sandwiched.
August 31, 2013
We were at the Walton game and made the decision to stay for a while....Man I'm glad we left but it sounds like a exciting game. Give us stats, please.
4th Row
August 31, 2013
If Lassiter is ever going to compete in big games they are going to have to learn how to play in the 2nd half. The run game is looking good behind a very experienced line. Mason Waters is a name we will be hearing about for the next four years.

August 31, 2013
Its awesome t see Lassiter loss to West Cobb Team. Good Job Indans
1 and done
September 02, 2013
Enjoy it. You don't see it very often and you never see it in the play offs.
August 31, 2013
You use the name 'Anderson' 3 times without adding a first name. I'm assuming you are referring to Lassiter's move-in, quarterback Will Anderson?
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