Ty Griffin scored his third touchdown of the night with 30 seconds to play and McEachern converted on a two-point attempt to rally for a 29-28 victory over Marietta on Friday in a Region 4-AAAAAA game.
Griffin’s final touchdown capped a 65-yard drive that began with 1:55 to play at the McEachern 35. The Indians used seven plays to get to the Marietta 4, and Griffin took it in from there. Tymashian Clemons then threw a jump-pass to a wide-open Chris Okeh for the two-point conversion and the victory in a game in which the Indians trailed by 14 points at halftime and again in the third quarter.
McEachern (2-2, 2-0) used Griffin, who has missed significant playing time since suffering an injury against Grayson in the season-opener, and Clemons at both quarterback and running back and had both players on the field for much of the night.
And both were effective. Griffin rushed for 168 yards on 17 carries, was 1-for-2 passing for 10 yards and had two receptions for 16 yards. He had a 17-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter and a 1-yard scoring run early in the fourth to tie the game at 21-21. Clemons rushed for 33 yards on eight carries and was 10-for-16 passing for 111 yards.
Marietta (2-2, 1-1) struck first on the first play from scrimmage when Anthony Jennings threw a quick pass over the middle to Jordan Mathis, who took it 80 yards for a 7-0 lead 15 seconds into the game. The Blue Devils added to the lead midway through the second quarter, when Jennings hit Marcus Bennett for a 54-yard touchdown to make it 14-0 with 4:21 to play in the half.
Jennings, who has committed to LSU, completed 16 of 29 passes for 279 yards and had 91 yards rushing on 16 carries.
McEachern had its chances in the first half. Griffin’s 48-yard run set the Indians up at the Marietta 24-yard line, but a holding penalty on the next play moved the ball back to the 35. The Indians eventually turned the ball over on downs at the 24.
McEachern also got into Marietta territory on its first drive but turned it over on downs when Taj Griffin’s run on fourth-and-6 was stopped less than a yard short at the 39. Taj Griffin later scored McEachern’s first touchdown on a 16-yard run on the Indians’ first possession of the second half.
Marietta – 7-7-7-7 – 28
McEachern – 0-0-14-15– 29
Ma – Anthony Jennings 80 pass to Jordan Mathis (Ian Shannon kick)
Ma – Jennings 54 pass to Marcus Bennett (Shannon kick)
Mc – Taj Griffin 16 run (Dennis Dominguez kick)
Ma – Kervonte Benson 16 run (Shannon kick)
Mc – Ty Griffin 17 run (Dominguez kick)
Mc – Ty Griffin 1 run (Dominguez kick)
Ma – Tyrell Tomlin 2 run (Shannon kick)
Mc – Ty Griffin 4 run (Tymashian Clemons pass to Chris Okeh)