SUWANEE -- McEachern had another game delayed, but it did not have to wait for the next day to complete another victory.
One week after seeing their game with Cedar Grove postponed due to severe weather, the Indians overcame a short power outage, handing Collins Hill a 30-14 loss to spoil the Eagles' homecoming night.
“We did some good things tonight,” McEachern coach Franklin Stephens said. “I thought we performed very well early in the game defensively.”
No. 2 McEachern (4-0) had three sacks in the first quarter and held Collins Hill (2-2) to just two first downs in the opening frame.
Meanwhile, the Indians only needed one play to get on the board.
“When my offensive coordinator called a double pass, I thought it would be interesting,” Stephens said. “It’s one of those things. We’re either going to hit it or miss it. We hit it and got off to a good start.”
Carlos Del Rio-Wilson tossed a lateral to Johmanuel Arnold, and after a few steps, the junior receiver launched a pass to a wide-open Gary Simpson for a 39-yard touchdown.
“We’re in a Cover-3 defense and preached all week to stay deep,” Collins Hill coach Lenny Gregory said. “Guys blow assignments, there you go, and it’s a touchdown.
“That’s just one example. There were multiple mistakes on both sides of the ball.”
While Collins Hill was making mistakes, McEachern went up another score behind the legs of Jordon Simmons. The senior tailback had five carries for 41 yards, including a touchdown run from 5 yards out and a 2-point conversion for a 15-0 lead before the lights went out at Fahring Field with 1:45 left in the first quarter.
The lights also went out at Collins Hill the last time in hosted a Cobb County team Sept. 6, when Marietta went on to win.
“From a preparation perspective, I thought our guys handled it like a mature football team and came out and performed well,” Stephens said.
The electrical issue led to a 15-minute delay for both teams before the game continued.
McEachern started the second quarter in similar fashion to the first with Del Rio-Wilson hitting a wide-open Dacari Collins, who ran with a convoy of blockers 40 yards for an easy touchdown and a 23-0 lead after the 2-point conversion.
The Collins Hill defense bent but did not break, earning a turnover on downs when Del Rio-Wilson could not connect with Simpson on a fade route late in the second quarter.
That momentum carried over for Collins Hill’s offense, which put together four first downs to drive deep into McEachern’s territory in the closing moments of the first half. The quarter came to an end with Sam Horn’s fourth-and-goal pass from the 2-yard line batted down, and the Indians went into the locker room up 23-0.
“Right before the end of the half, (Collins Hill) had a good drive, and I was proud of the way our defense stood up and kept them off the board,” Stephens said. “That’s one of our important goals -- don’t give up points before the half.”
McEachern started the second half by taking advantage of good field position.
After a punt put the Indians on their own 44-yard line, it took nine plays for Del Rio-Wilson to find Collins again, this time for a 5-yard score and a 30-0 lead and a running clock into the fourth quarter.
“We were executing early on and getting some one-play drives,” Stephens said. “We feel we came out in the second half and did what they’re capable of doing -- running the football and putting points on the board.”