McEachern 20, Marietta 7

Twice this season, the top-ranked team in Class AAAAA has lost to a Cobb County team.

Current No. 1 McEachern avoided the same fate at home on Friday against rival Marietta, but it was tested in a 20-7 victory.

The Indians, who knocked off the previous No. 1 team when they beat Lowndes 20-13 last week in Valdosta, did not score an offensive touchdown until 8:33 remained in the game, but a strong defensive performance was enough for the victory.

“Our defense played a heck of a game,” McEachern coach Kyle Hockman said. “Their quarterback is a special player, and we did a great job on him all night, just harassing him and tackling him and keeping him in check.”

Brookwood was No. 1 in the preseason poll but fell in the season opener to Cobb County’s Lassiter at the Corky Kell Classic. That elevated Lowndes to the top spot, which it held for two weeks before losing to McEachern.

“Any time you come off the two victories that we’ve had, emotional and against tough opponents, people start jumping on the bandwagon,” Hockman said. “No matter how much you prepare for it, no matter what you tell the kids, they’re still just teenagers.”

McEachern (3-0) led 13-0 midway through the fourth quarter when its offense finally found the end zone. Alizee Chubbs scored on a 15-yard run to make it 20-0 with 8:33 to play.

The Indians built a 10-0 lead in the first quarter. Nicholas St. Germain opened the scoring with a 32-yard field goal less than two minutes into the game. The Indians scored again with 12.4 seconds to play in the quarter when Darius English blocked a Marietta punt and recovered it in the end zone.

McEachern’s Tray Fletcher returned a punt 46 yards for what would have been a touchdown in the second quarter, but a penalty nullified the score. McEachern settled for St. Germain’s 56-yard field goal attempt, which came up short.

Marietta had the ball inside the McEachern 30-yard line three times in the fourth quarter but could not take advantage until 1:22 remained in the game, when quarterback Anthony Jennings threw 15 yards to Marcus Bennett for a touchdown.

“We’re playing up to our abilities and doing some good things, but there’s still a long way to go,” Hockman said.

Marietta – 0-0-0-7 – 7

McEachern – 10-0-3-7 – 20

Mc – Nicholas St. Germain 32 field goal

Mc – Darius English recovered blocked punt in end zone (St. Germain kick)

Mc – St. Germain 31 field goal

Mc – Alizee Chubbs 15 run (St. Germain kick)

Ma – Anthony Jennings 15 pass to Marcus Bennett (Banks Martin kick)

17 comments Add your comment

The Agent

September 10th, 2011
12:35 am

Darius English was too much for Marietta O line. He would not give their QB a break so the refree’s started help out.

BigMike

September 10th, 2011
12:40 am

Darius English had 3 or 4 sacks, blocked punt, a touch down, and quarterback hurries almost every pass play. The refs made a couple shady calls agaist him to try to slow him down.

BigMike

September 10th, 2011
12:41 am

I suspect they will move him up to atleast 4 stars on rivals

LRJones

September 10th, 2011
12:45 am

Yes Darius did single handledly beat Marietta atleast three quaters of the game. Don’t expect him to be able to pull it off all by his self agaist Camden in the playoffs especially since McEachern dont have a running game.

bksmith14

September 10th, 2011
2:31 am

mceachern should have put up 50 on marietta. wait til hillgrove game, you guys had better improve, just like us (lowndes) had better improve when we play colquitt. We were tied at 22 all with leon with 1 min left in 3rd qtr and then we started playing ball. wound up 39-22

bksmith14

September 10th, 2011
2:32 am

mceachern will not win state or even make it to semifinals, nor will lowndes if both dont improve. i have seen all i need to see

GA Fan

September 10th, 2011
10:19 am

Marietta played a very tough game. That team is young and will be a force for the rest of the season and next year. Good job MC Indians defense!

Gold and Blue

September 10th, 2011
12:14 pm

Gold and Blue

September 10th, 2011
11:58 am

Gold and Blue

September 9th, 2011
11:21 pm

I watched the McEachern v/s Marietta game last night, if you want to call it that!!!!! I have never seen a team play soooooooo bad in my life, than what I saw from McEachern last night. Defense played very well except for having 4 HUGE 15 yard penalties on 3rd and long, which kept several drives going, instead of getting the ball back with great field position. The offense was terrible, missed receivers, dropped passes, unnecessary penalties, bad play choices, you name it,it happened!!!! If McEachern plays anything like what I saw last night, they will have NOOOOOOO chance of beating Hillgrove in 3 weeks!!!!!! Lets hope these young men get their heads out of their A#@$% and start playing to their potential, or this will be another great season that ends with an early exit in the playoffs, which has become our trademark!!!! I am not trying to rip my team, but someone has to keep it real and call it like they see it. Too many people support their teams with blinders on and are always sooooo positive, sometimes the most productive thing you can do for them is be brutally honest, and when they stink up the field, tell them that they stunk it up!!!! And let me tell you, “THEY STUNK IT UP”!!!!!!!
I will NEVER figure out why coaches insist on running the ball to set up the pass, everyone knows that we are going to pass the majority of the game, so just do it. If you have a great QB and explosive receivers then just pass it every play if you have to, make them change their coverage and THEN try and run the ball!!!! McEachern had at least 5 drives last night where they tried to run the ball on 1st and 2nd downs. Once they were stuffed, they tried to pass on third and long against a defense that absolutely knows a pass is coming!!! I don’t care if a team is 10 times better than another, if they call plays like that and keep putting themselves in that position, the games will always be close. On the first play of the game McEachern went to the tight end up the seam for a huge gain, probably because something showed up on film as a weakness, well, they never threw him another pass the rest of the game and attacked the middle of the field only one more time. Marietta did play a good game, but McEachern played unbelievably bad!!!! They should drop from #1 to at least #4 in the state just for putting on a performance like that. For a #1 team to have 11 penalties for 110 yards and their top offersive line man ejected from the game is inexcusable and is not worthy of being #1!!!!!!!

Indian Chief

September 10th, 2011
12:51 pm

Congrats McEachern! A win is a win but we will have to be better. Our offense is not even close to being as explosive as it was the last 2 years. Our offense is missing the overall speed and versatility that Purnel, Wilder, Davis, and Anderson brought to the team. Although we are not as explosive on offense this year we are solid. QB Trent Thompson, and Amba Etta Tawo have experience and talent to do enough to get it done. Also the defense appears to be much better and overall the team appears to be more sound. Good job Indians we are pulling for you but we have to play better because like I said last week HILLGROVE is out there and would love to be king of the hill.

The Agent

September 10th, 2011
1:14 pm

blue and gold

They did play super bad, but you never got the feeling like the could lose the game, Mac was just a better team. It does look like the coach was trying to hold back and work on some things. He never really open up the passing game. Plus Marietta always bring there a game for Mac. In saying that, it still was not enough. The D and the kicker looked really good. Also I know that they have Nick kick the ball short of the endzone just to work on coverage. They looked bad last night and i’m glad. You are working with kids and you want them to understand @ #1 EVERYONE is Gunning for you.

Gold and Blue

September 10th, 2011
5:22 pm

It is definitely much tougher being on top. I think that they will straighten everything out before it is too late. It makes you respect the Camdens and the Lowndes of the world who all ways have to play games with their opponents treating the game as if its the super bowl. You never know, this may have been the best thing that could have happened!

Mac fan forever

September 10th, 2011
8:53 pm

The entire defense kept the Indians out of the L column. Good job D. Puling for a shut out next time.

who are you

September 10th, 2011
9:51 pm

BlueandGold – who in the world are you? I’m curious if you ever played for the indians. I do not care if you are trying to be ‘brutally honest’ or in denial…….i’m curious what ‘credentials’ you have to rip the indians football team. You speak in general football terms which sounds just like ‘barbershop or water cooler talk’

Gold and Blue

September 10th, 2011
10:42 pm

I have no credentials just love football at all levels. You act like all that I do is rip the Indians, which I don’t. I support the team win or lose and like to see the game played at a high level. There is a certain responsibility to play right and act right that should come with any team, at any level, in any sport, who is fortunate enough to be #1. Do you think after the game that the McEachern coaches thought any differently about that game then I did?
Well, I see that my perspective on things is not the same as everyone else, so I will refrain from posting any comments on these posts any more. I was one of the few that said that McEachern would win in the Dome, and at Lowndes, and in every other game this season, so don’t act like I am a McEachern hater. Oh well, good luck to McEachern the rest of the way and if they don’t win it all, then I hope another Cobb County team does!! Everyone enjoy the really nice posts, which tell how great everything is, even when it is not warranted. Peace, I’m out!!!!!!!!!!

Oh yea, I almost forgot: To “Who are you”

When you call someone out and want to know who they are and what credentials they have try stating your name and listing your credentials and explain why I have to justify anything to you! Hopefully, you will enjoy everything that you read from now on, now that it wont include any more “barbershop or water cooler talk” any more!!!!!!!! Go Indians!!!!

True Native

September 11th, 2011
3:55 pm

You know I very rarely post, I just like to read what everyone has to say. Everyone has their opinions, that is what makes these post interesting. I know there are some crazy post that just love to get at you, but it’s all good. It does not matter if anyone has played football in their life. You don’t have to play to understand the game.
I totally agree 100% with Gold and Blue they sucked Friday night. McEachern should have blown away Marietta, but they didn’t. I know every team has a bad game, but when you are ranked #1 in the State, and played that bad to an unranked team. Well, McEachern needs to work harder and play smarter. I just hope McEachern understands that they need to play to their full potential if they want to make to the finals..
@ Blue and Gold I hope you continue to post I love reading what you have to say, so please don’t let someone else’s stupid comment stop you from posting. @ Who you are get don’t bash someones comments for telling the truth. Who cares if someone played football or not. We all have our opinions so move on, and get a life. Peace out to you all and Good Luck McEachern!

STS w McTrain

September 12th, 2011
9:35 am

Hey, just a reminder, we don’t just get into this game, “We really get into it”… So thx to the players who perform for us on Friday Nights! (Esp.theMacTrain,you can do it!!) – But, as to the seriousness of the Indians, the penalties can cloud up the immediate view of success, so guys, don’t really let that stop your offences Domain. Something else … we (the audience) really need to work on is going Crazy in the stands more often! I’ve never forgotten the audience power of Brookwood (1st yr. of the C. Kell classic). It’s an impressive psychology power for the team, It REALLY is… WE CAN DO IT, AND THEY KNOW IT ! ! ! ! !

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