Grayson 31, McEachern 12

Any concerns that Grayson coach Mickey Conn might have had about his offense, which has an inexperienced line and a new starting quarterback, were quickly put to rest at the Georgia Dome on Saturday.

The Rams rushed for 314 yards, had three long time-consuming scoring drives and never trailed in their season-opening 31-12 victory against McEachern in the Corky Kell Classic. It was the 16th consecutive victory for Grayson, which won the Class AAAAA championship in 2011.

Conn knew that his defense, a unit loaded with college prospects, would be a good one, but it was the offense that stood out against McEachern.

“I liked the way we ran the football,” Conn said. “Our offensive line and our running backs really came off the football. And [quarterback] David McTier, for his first game, what a great job he did at the line of scrimmage. My hat’s off to the O-line. That’s the thing we lost off of last year’s team, and that offensive line just came out here and took control of the line of scrimmage.”

McEachern was able to stay in the game for three quarters by doing something no team could do against the Rams last season – successfully run the ball. Grayson allowed just 38 yards per game rushing in 2011, but the Indians had more than twice that much after their second play on offense when quarterback Tymashian Clemons went 79 yards for a touchdown. McEachern ran for 115 yards in the first quarter and finished the game with 165.

“If you go back and look at the points they scored last year, they’re particularly good on the offensive side of the ball,” Conn said. “I was really anxious coming into this game as to whether we could slow them down or stop them.”

What McEachern couldn’t do was slow down Grayson. The Rams scored on their first two possessions, driving 63 yards in nine plays and 74 yards in 11 plays. And they opened the second half with a 10-play, 63-yard drive to take a 21-12 lead.

Grayson had five players with seven or more carries and at least 38 yards. Jordan Germany led the way with 81 yards on 11 carries, and his 34-yard scoring run with 1:35 to play put the game away. David Fennell had 75 yards on 16 carries.

McEachern – 6-6-0-0 – 12

Grayson – 14-0-7-10 – 31

G – Wayne Gallman 16 run (Alex Louthan kick)

M – Tymahian Clemons 79 run (pass failed)

G – Robert Nkemdiche 2 run (Louthan kick)

M – Clemons 10 pass to Chris Okeh (pass failed)

G – David McTier 1 run (Louthan kick)

G – Louthan 26 field goal

G – Jordan Germany 34 run (Louthan kick)

59 comments Add your comment

battleaxekid

August 25th, 2012
6:26 pm

okay,
1. If this is the #1 team in the state, Ga. has an awful weak HS football teams…. NOT..
2. and if they are ranked 1 in a poll, and 3 in another, and etc…. in others, the pollsters have missed it..
3. Grayson may be #1… in their region, maybe????
4. Unless Mce. is Way better that all has been thinkin…

Now I know this is the blog for the above teams, but again the pollsters must have not scouted NG as well as they thought… CC again a highly ranked team gets beat by NG. Hello……..

So Mr. Pollsters ya’ll have missed again…. thought so when the rankings, came out…
Bring it on…… Lowndes hasn’t a chance if and that is IF…… the pollsters are right???? and so far today, they are way off….

All in fun\, and it is just a game…
Now Camden is next……. and this will not be region 3 play……

Sorry to get off of titled topic, but just wanted to share my thoughts…..

GHS 13

August 25th, 2012
7:12 pm

I knew it. I knew it was coming. No matter how well Grayson does, all the outside can see is the negatives. You fail to realize that we had a bad game and still beat McEachern, a very good team, by multiple scores. You also fail to realize teams aren’t perfect. It was an off game. And one more point. These are high schoolers. Its not the SEC or the NFL. They aren’t professionals. But it’s whatever, the same thing happened last year and guess who won state? North lost some good experienced players in the past few years, so why would they put them higher? As we saw today, they are a good team but they have some kinks to ride out. It just seems to me like you’re just another person with a vendetta out for Grayson.

Fighting Hockmans

August 25th, 2012
7:57 pm

Hope to see Grayson again in the playoffs. Go Indians!

grayram

August 25th, 2012
8:45 pm

If you win 31-12 and its considered a bad day, you must be a pretty good team.

Camden74

August 25th, 2012
9:59 pm

In the first half, Grayson suffered from RANKINGS INTOXICATION! The second half, they realized it was put up or shut up………Do not, I repeat, do not come out like you did today, against Miami Central! :-)

Fred

August 25th, 2012
10:13 pm

I saw a LOT of basic errors in all the games I watched today. Starting with the Grayson game through the 1st series of the of the second half of the Camdem/PTR game when I left, there were 18 bad snaps! Come on, can’t you get the bag to the QB? I understand Coach Conn’s concerns about injuries but I wonder how much not having a scrimmage game hurt. We were much, much better in the second half. Funny that I was worried about the O and instead the D didn’t live up to my expectations. I think it will be an interesting week in practice as we work on our issues.

@battleaxekid – as a Lowndes fan and region 1 homer, I’m not surprised by you comments. While you are ragging on the Rams (hmm, sounds like a song title), the Packers didn’t live up to their billing either. To me, it really looked like first game issues for *all* the teams I saw today. Let’s see how the year plays out before we start commenting too much on overrated! It will be interesting to see Lowndes first game and see if there are some jitters there.

Fred

August 25th, 2012
10:17 pm

@Camdem 74 – Not sure it was ratings intoxication although I like the phrase. New QB and O line and some changes to the D meant we had lots to work on. Obviously, we didn’t get all of that worked out before the game but Like you said, we looked much better in the second half. We dadgum sure can’t turn the ball over like we did and expect to win!

grayram

August 25th, 2012
10:43 pm

@Fred
It looks like the Rams may have a place kicker this year. Thats usually been a pretty glaring weakness. What do you think?

TJ4Pres

August 25th, 2012
10:43 pm

This is what happens when a team decides they do not want to do a preseason scrimmage. Grayson always looks like poo the first game of the season, remember Kell game. At no level does anyone not scrimmage, but then again why scrimmage when your JV is as good as some varsities. End of the day it was a win by a considerable margin. I do not think they wanted to show too much eaither for next weeks game. They just ran their basic package and won it. Last comment, it is not what you do the first game of the season it is what you do the last.

Camden74

August 25th, 2012
11:01 pm

Whatever kinks Grayson has, they’d better be worked out by Friday! :-)

Grayson Fanatic

August 26th, 2012
12:16 am

It would be really nice if one of the coaches would teach ROBERT how to receive a handoff and carry the ball properly while running… If not keep him off of O The other backs were running like they were on fire.

Fred

August 26th, 2012
12:33 am

@grayram – last year was really the first year we haven’t had a kicker in the past 5 years. I think people just took Austin for granted you know? I’m glad to see we can kick again. It should mean we don’t have to take stupid chances at times like we did last year. I know the kicker was doing his best but it just wasn’t working last year for sure.

Fred

August 26th, 2012
12:40 am

@TJ4Pres – I know what you are saying but did you know that the past two years our QB was hurt in the scrimmage? It is a crap shoot either way. New QB and new (mostly) O line is a prescription for disaster. Fortunately, we got better as the night went on.

@Camden74 – Boy Howdy! And there is little to no time to do so. We did look much, much better last year in the second game so there is hope.

@Grayson Fanatic – Robert wasn’t the only one that trouble holding on to the ball. Jordan very uncharacteristically coughed one up as well.

Camden74

August 26th, 2012
1:10 am

@Fred…..Grayson has never seen speed at the skill positions like they will see on Friday. If they play good defense, play keep away on offense by grinding it out on the ground and limit turnovers, they’ll win easily! But if they don’t accomplish all three of the above, they’re in trouble! Miami Central has a tendency to show a lack of discipline at times. When they do, Grayson has to make them pay the price. They have to match them point for point and not fall to far behind! Most times, good defense will trump good offense…….. :-)

GA Fan

August 26th, 2012
7:22 am

MC played a good game considering the starting QB (who ran a 79 yard TD) had to leave the game in he 2nd quarter. MC lost one of it’s starting offensive players in the 3rd quarter. For those drunk on “mC hater-rade” the score didn’t represent how well the game was played. Grayson looked ok. Most of Mc’s starters on Off and Def are Jr’s. To go against the number team and have one touchdown called back and too many flags to count………… you gotta love those Indians chances!!

RamFan

August 26th, 2012
8:36 am

@GA Fan — Your are right one of their QB’s went out in the 2nd qtr, I believe #10, but it was #2 that was at QB and ran for the 79 yd TD. He ran the option exceptionally well and has great speed.

GA Fan

August 26th, 2012
8:47 am

@Ramfan_ #10 ran the 79 yarder and #2 ran a TD too but I forgot how many yards. #2 TD was called back. I thought our O-line did against #1 but that defense has more than just him. Their good. Hats off to both teams. Good luck to Grayson for the rest of the season. Mc you know I’m rootin for ya!!!!!

Fred

August 26th, 2012
9:33 am

@GA Fan – I was *real* impressed with #2 and the way he ran the option! I watched him time after time pull the ball back out of the runner’s hands and take of with it totally fooling the defense! He was good!

grayram

August 26th, 2012
10:11 am

Fred, I will have to disagree with you on the kicking game. Anything outside an extra point has been outside our kickers range and extra points were not a given.
About Walton they looked good because Jones had such an amazing game, however their defense looked very average. I think if a team slows Jones down and forces their D to step up they will have a little trouble.
I thought Camden looked the best for whatever it means in the 1st game. There will be a big difference in how these teams look as the season goes on. If the Corky Kell was proof of how a season would go Kell would be the best team in the state every year.
Camden seems a little small on their lines so some of their region oppenents may find a way to expose that.
North Gwinnett has a real plater in #1 and their QB looked good as well.

reggaeman

August 26th, 2012
10:44 am

I hope Miami Central beat the hell out of Grayson this Friday. I also expect Grayson to be like Parkview and fall off the map after this year..

Camden74

August 26th, 2012
11:40 am

Maybe yesterday was a wake up call for Grayson. Let’s see if they understand the fact that when you’re on top, every game is a Title game for the other team………..Miami Central fans are talking a lot of smack on the blogs. I reminded them of what happened the last time they ventured over into Georgia. Grayson, show them what Georgia Football is all about! :-)

Camden74

August 26th, 2012
11:54 am

It’s true, Camden is very small on both lines, especially to be in Class 6A. But after a quarter or two of chasing the Camden running backs all over the field, the big defensive lineman tend to slow down a bit. When the DBs start to creep up to the line, they’re going to get burned on the pass play!

They’re small on the defensive line as well, which I thought PTR would take advantage of for sure. But, the speed of the line and the mobility and speed of the line backers was more than PTR could handle. I’m sure all of Camden’s R1 opponents will try and take advantage of Camden’s size. Let’s see how it plays out! :-D

Muncho

August 26th, 2012
11:57 am

Seems like whenever McEachern wins, they are champions of the world, but when they lose it’s because of x,y,z. Excuses are tools of the incompetent used to build monuments of nothing. Just tip your cap and say you lost and stop being so arrogant.

GHS #22

August 26th, 2012
12:20 pm

Welcome back all…….

I see some new comers: Grayson Fanatic, and reggaman. both of whom made comments that shows they are new to this.

Forget the national rankings over the last 5 years, the countless teams Grayson has step up and quietly beating. What EVERYONE should know is the Grayson program is the machine, not varsity team. JV and freshmen teams as well as the youth programs have been going one loss or undefeated for YEARS now!!

What surprise me most is that Grayson just wins and still go unnoticed!

sportsnut

August 26th, 2012
12:29 pm

Where is that D everyone talks about ? They did not look like a national contender. They looked like they could lose 1 or 2 this year. What happens when they face a team with a stout run-stopping D ? They do not throw. This is a problem.

GHS #22

August 26th, 2012
12:52 pm

Another new comer: Sportnut!!

Did you see the score? 31-12 is serious, and it wasn’t a good game at all.
you asked the question: what happens when they come across a good run stopping defense? Then they will Throw!

You must have not been paying attention over the last ten years. You have to prove you can STOP the run before worrying about what ifs………

Fred

August 26th, 2012
1:19 pm

@grayram – not to belabor the point but I have to disagree. Our kicking was down to the point of being non-existent last year but prior to that, we had a strong kicking game. Most kickoffs were into or out of the end zone and field goals were an option out to 50 yards. I graphically remember sitting at Meadow Creek and watching the PATs go *over* the field house on the other side of the fence. We had an issue a few times with long snaps (PTR semis 2008 for example) but the kickers were getting the job done.

In either case, it was good to see kicking is back on the table as an option.

Fred

August 26th, 2012
1:24 pm

@sportnut – we threw a couple of times but not like we did last year. But then we didn’t need to. I think it will come. I need to watch McTier some more to know for sure but I think he will come along nicely. Miami Central next week will be a tough, tough game.

@GHS #22 – Come on now, don’t be a homer. The D yesterday did not look as strong as they have. Still good but they still have some work to do. I think we could use a little more size at nose but I know Motley is a great player.

GHS #22

August 26th, 2012
1:36 pm

Fred, I agree, the D wasn’t as good as it has been, but it was obivous Sportnut was clueless about the Ram nation…….

Fun Motley is a neighbor. small but a good player……..he came up big in the state game though.

HillgroveParent

August 26th, 2012
1:41 pm

All I’ve got to say is Grayson should be extremely happy they did not play McEachern last year. The things I’ve read about Grayson is how they have so many returning players and that this is basically the same team as the last year champs. Well, McEachern lost many players on both sides of the ball and no where near the same team. With that game being as close as it was yesterday, McEachern would have beat them last year.

My prediction for the game next week is McEachern over Walton by six.

OMG

August 26th, 2012
1:49 pm

Proud of the effort the boys gave yesterday- showed a lot to stay in it that long against the defending state champs and all those returning starters the Rams had on defense. Especially impressed by the yards gained in the running game.

Plenty of work to do for all teams playing in the Kell yesterday…same can be said for any team playing their first game against strong competition. You wannabee analysts expecting everything to be clicking in game 1 to the level it would be in game 10 shows us all that you’re mighty lacking in the knowledge department.

Observer

August 26th, 2012
3:16 pm

Hillgrove parent,

Mceachern over Walton by 6? i don’t really think so. If Mceachern cant slow down Graysons run game then i highly doubt they could hold Walton’s rushing attack with Jones on the other side of the ball. If a team like Brookwood couldn’t slow them from what i saw from Mceachern and their attempt to slow graysons run they wont do much better.

stephensonfinest

August 26th, 2012
3:46 pm

hands down the best looking team from region 16A is camden…they look like there were in mid season form already…Colquit didn’t look that good to me..NG had a sloppy game but they had some moments where you could see that they have a chance at state this year…GRAYSON SUCKS if we are measuring them the standard that are contending for a national title..MIAMI CENTRAL will win by to scores or more that is a promise

REGION 6AAAAA THE BEST IN THE STATE

GAfootballfan

August 26th, 2012
5:06 pm

i think all of you are losing sight that this was the first game of the season.. and just like every year teams have to get settled in.. it takes time to get the kinks worked out.. yes it may have been a little rough but mceachern is no joke and they only allowed 12 points! i dont know all the details, but grayson along with every team in the state has to rebuild from the players they lost from last season, the 1st 2 games are where teams find and build their identity. Grayson will be fine and definitely be making a run into the playoffs, i will not be the one to tell you they will win state but they are hands down top 3 in the state. Once that defense gets settled in, look out because they a loaded.. better to start out shaky than end the season shaky. None the less, looks to be an entertaining season ahead and just glad its football season..Would love to see a north vs south GA matchup for state title. Team to watch with not much hype is Milton.. 6A class is loaded with great teams

grayram

August 26th, 2012
6:54 pm

Fred: I can think of at least 3 times right off the top of my head the Rams were knocked out of the playoffs due to poor field goal unit. At Norcross Pemberton led the Rams right down to the gaol line at the end of the game and kicker missed a very short field goal, basically an extra point. The Peachtree ridge game, i think it went overtime and we missed a couple of very makeable kicks. Then of course at home against newnan we had a very short kick to win it and decided not to block Alec Ogletree. There were also many many times the offense has just went for it because of no confidence in the kicker.
Anyway i really liked what i saw from this years kicker.

truth teller

August 26th, 2012
9:59 pm

If Grayson is the best team in Georgia, Georgia High-school football is in a sad position, that team is vastly overrated. As well as the Robert kid. No ducks in the race but that Camden County team looks impressive. JJ Green is the real deal as well as the Ramsey kid. Colquitt Co was terrible. Grayson will loose this weekend by two scores

[...] week, the Raiders will be fully focused on Friday’s game at McEachern. The Indians lost 31-12 in the Corky Kell Classic Saturday by Grayson, which defeated Walton in last season’s Class [...]

Fred

August 26th, 2012
11:29 pm

@HillgroveParent – The play from the state championship was vastly better than yesterday in no small part due to it being the first game of the season on 1/3 less practices due to the new heat rules. Every team did not play to last year’s standards.

@stephensonfinest – When you win it all in the highest classification, come talk to me. It is interesting that Grayson is so bad yet Colquitt “didn’t look that good to me” and NG “have a chance at state this year.” While I don’t dispute that NG has a chance, your dislike of Grayson is perhaps coloring your perspective.

@grayram – I don’t want to argue with you. I don’t remember the issue at Norcross and will give you that although even the pros miss sometimes. At PTR, it was *not* a failure of the kicker. It was the failure of the long snapper who had 4 bad snaps that night after being near perfect the rest of the year. You can’t lay that on the kicker nor can you lay a missed block on Ogletree on the kicker. That particular game was especially frustrating as the kicking game had been so solid all year. Check with the coaching staff if you think I’m wrong on that. I, too, liked what I saw from the kicker and am glad that portion of our game appears to be resolved this year.

@truth teller – Had Grayson played PTR I think your perspective of the Grayson team might be somewhat different. PTR had a very bad night and that helped to make Camden look better than they were. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that Camden is not good as they clearly are. Nor am I saying that Grayson doesn’t need some work as we do. Next week will be interesting indeed. Are you going to come to the game?

Lamar

August 27th, 2012
12:02 am

What everybody fails to see is Mceachern has about a 8 square mile school district, which is VERY SMALL AREA THAT PLAYERS COME FROM. They use to have a district that included Hill grove to, but they split the area and that itself HURT McEACHERN REAL BAD!! If their district had not been shrinked so small, they would have the players from Hillgrove and Mceachern AND THEN NOBODY COULD COME CLOSE TO BEATING THEM!! Hell Grayson probably has a 20 mile district they can pull players from. THIS GIVES A HUGE ADVANTAGE!! Just like Valdosta, they have about a 20 mile district and this helps them get good players all year. JUST SO YOU PEOPLE KNOW, Mceachern has a DANG GOOD TEAM CONSIDERING HOW SMALL THEIR DISTRICT IS NOW!!

Thester

August 27th, 2012
8:01 am

#1 in the state? They’re ranked #1 in the country!

Mceachern Parent

August 27th, 2012
8:54 am

Ty Clemons is getting better. I’ve watched him play since about the 7th grade. most of those kids are Jr’s.. He’s becoming a better passer, I hope he continues to progress. I hope Ty Griffin #10 is back in short order. He is a better player at this time than Clemons

ole ram

August 27th, 2012
8:59 am

just sayin—shrink your big head–you aint playin like a ranked team–wake up–the miami team will hurricane you badly–get ready for a lesson in passing football–just sayin beware you dont trip over your big head and fumble da ball again and again and again.

shimshawne

August 27th, 2012
9:06 am

Congrats to Grayson! McEachern is a young team and they played well, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Indians win the rest of their games.

JAGNATIONSUPPORTER

August 27th, 2012
11:05 am

I would like to congratulate David Fennell and the rest of the RAMS on their victory! It was GREAT watching David compete at such a high level after missing his junior year. Good luck with the rest of the season!

Fred

August 27th, 2012
11:26 am

@ole ram – Oh I think the staff knows exactly what they need to get done based on a discussion I had yesterday.

Fan of the Game

August 27th, 2012
11:41 am

As a McEachern Fan, I tip my hat off to Grayson. I thought they were the better team Saturday. We could not do anything with their running game. Their offensive line did a good job upfront….what over 5 yards each carry most of the time. However, I was very proud of the young Indians. They played with sooooo much heart and determination. The game was closer than what the score indicates. I can see these young Indians getting better and better each week. Look forward to seeing you all next week.

TJ4Pres

August 27th, 2012
12:36 pm

All being said, remember Grayson last year at Kell played Kell and was unimpressive as well. Grayson barely beat Kell 7 to 0. End of the day they won and got better every game to win state. They will do the same this year. Offense was better than I thought they would be. Defense just had wakeup call…should be lights out in near future.

GHS#22

August 27th, 2012
3:26 pm

@Lamar

I guess you don’t realize the Grayson, Brookwood, Archer, S.Gwinnett are all literally in a 6 miles radius of each other. So don’t cry about your small district. What if all these school pooled together?

What if, What if, What if………….

GHS#22

August 27th, 2012
3:52 pm

Why are thier so many Grayson Haters?

This is a quite team that just wins every year!! Other than the Brookwood video last year Grayson pretty much flys under the radar. Yet the record speaks for itself. Grayson has not lost a regular season home game in 6 years, The list of Accomplishments can go on and on, but the one all the new comers should know is: Grayson has beaten all of the following teams:
McEachern 3X
Camden Co 1X
Valdosta 1X
Warner Robbins 2x
Lowndes 2X
Walton 1X
Marietta 1X
NG 1X
Spain Park 1X
Florida Central 1X
Brookwood 2X
Roswell 1X
Colquit Co 1X
……………………….and 95% of these games was thier first meeting!

truth teller

August 27th, 2012
6:19 pm

Grayson has also lost to some of these teams, you fail to mention that.