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)