McEachern 31, Brookwood 10

Taj Griffin and Ty Clemons each rushed for more than 100 yards and scored a touchdown Saturday as McEachern dominated Brookwood for a 31-10 victory in the Corky Kell Classic at the Georgia Dome.

It was the kind of start to the season the Indians needed after going 2-5 in their past seven season openers. McEachern, which entered the game with high hopes as well as the state’s No. 6 ranking, started 0-2 last season before winning eight consecutive games to claim the Region 4-AAAAAA championship.

Griffin and Clemons give the Indians a reason to be optimistic. Griffin, a junior running back, rushed for 156 yards on 10 carries, all but two of which were in the first half. His biggest came on the first play of the second quarter, when he ran 90 yards for a touchdown to give McEachern a 17-3 lead that was never threatened.

Clemons, a senior quarterback who shared time at the position last season with Griffin’s older brother Ty, ran for 109 yards and threw for 67 more. His 11-yard touchdown run midway through the third quarter gave the Indians a 24-3 lead.

McEachern took control early despite drawing more than its share of penalties in a sloppy first half. Brookwood was called for six penalties – not including one that was declined and another that was nullified by a McEachern penalty – for 35 yards. McEachern had 85 yards on nine penalties in the half. One wiped out a 46-yard touchdown pass, and another brought back a 15-yard run by Clemons that would have given the Indians a first-and-goal at the 2-yard line. McEachern salvaged that drive with a 32-yard field goal by David Dominguez for a 10-3 lead with 2:15 remaining in the first quarter. The teams finished with a combined 23 penalties for 189 yards.

Brookwood took a 3-0 lead on its first possession, driving 47 yards on eight plays for Brandon Morrow’s 36-yard field goal with 8:53 to play in the first quarter. But the Broncos struggled on offense most of the night. They were outgained 390-260 and had just 70 yards rushing on 30 carries. Brookwood’s touchdown came on a 5-yard pass from Joey McLane to Matthew Price with 3:59 to play in the game. McLane was 11-for-24 passing for 163 yards in his debut as the Broncos’ starter.

McEachern hosts ninth-ranked Lassiter on Friday in the second half of a doubleheader that begins with Hillgrove taking on Walton at 6 p.m. Brookwood plays at Mill Creek on Sept. 6.

Brookwood – 3-0-0-7 – 10

McEachern – 10-7-7-7 – 31

B – Brandon Morrow 36 field goal

M – Ryan Sherman 14 run (Dennis Dominguez kick)

M – Dominguez 32 field goal

M – Taj Griffin 90 run (Dominguez kick)

M – Ty Clemons 11 run (Dominguez kick)

B – Matthew Price 5 pass from Joey McLane (Morrow kick)

M – Uche Nkadi fumble recovery in end zone (Dominquez kick)

15 comments Add your comment

westcobb5

August 24th, 2013
11:42 pm

Great game Indians! Looking forward the the East-West match-ups next Friday.

westcobb5

August 24th, 2013
11:50 pm

Kind of sad to see the wings come off the jersies. RIP Rajaan.

IndianPride

August 25th, 2013
12:28 am

Don’t be too sad westcobb5, the angel wings have been replaced by the words strength and faith under the arms of the boys under shirt, the placement of the words are where Rajaan had these words tattooed on his arms. We most definitely will always keep 5 alive.

Sportsnut

August 25th, 2013
6:49 am

Good win, McEachern. You guy’s played ball.

Smitty

August 25th, 2013
7:09 am

Cant wait to see the McEachern-North Cobb game later this year. Taj and McEachern will bich slap those boys once again.

CEM

August 25th, 2013
7:47 am

In the name of Dave Hunter, will someone PLEASE remove the smell that is the Brookwood football team from the Kell Classic now, PLEASE? They’ve lost something like eight of the last nine times they’ve played in it, for goodness sake.

IndianPride

August 25th, 2013
10:10 am

Great Job Indians! Defense looked very solid, much better than the defense in the past which was known for giving up 28-30 points per game. Kudos to Coach Grandpa for changing it up this year! That 90 yard run by Taj Griffin was with a sprained ankle and he still blew everyone out with his speed, man oh man, that kid is just plain out FAST! Much Respect to Ty Clemmons made some very good decisions behind center last night! @Sportsnut thanks we played a little sloppy in the first quarter but it was expected with first game jitters but we manage to settle down and play some good football. Good Luck to Lovejoy this year!

Perry

August 25th, 2013
11:23 am

Time for Corky Kell Classic to get some different teams

westcobb5

August 25th, 2013
12:39 pm

Thx for the info re t-shirts, IndianPride. I’m an admirer of the program but not an insider, so I was not aware. Another classy move.

Interested to see how the defense handles Lassiter’s passing game. This will be a much different test than Brookwood.

slim065

August 25th, 2013
1:24 pm

Well, Mac certainly has the speed to burn.

Also some big boys on both lines that are very good.

Hoping my Trojans can limit those big run plays and get some pressure up front. We are replacing a lot, but have some very nice talent.

Will be interested to see how the Lassiter offense looks early with a new QB receiving corps.

Looking forward to Friday at Mac!

athleticsupporter

August 25th, 2013
3:18 pm

CEM and Perry, you must be new followers of the Corky Kell Classic. There will always be 3 teams that will be involved in the line up. They are Brookwood, McEachern and Kell. Those schools and Dave Hunter and Jimmy Dorsey are instrumental in putting on this day so it’s a given their football team will be put on the field. Each program from the 10 schools has to write a check to the Dome organizers for their allotment of tickets, regardless if they have sold them or not. It’s a huge financial commitment to be invited. Many programs go through waves of building and success and it’s tough to open in the spotlight and on TV. Yesterday there were 5 good games and enthusiastic crowds.

CEM

August 25th, 2013
4:53 pm

Without getting too detailed, I have quite a bit of knowledge when it comes to the Kell Classic, and the people involved. And there’s no way anyone can tell me there aren’t plenty of schools that could and would make the commitment. Brookwood has lost in this game seven out of the past years and are 59-28 in that span. Which then makes the question pretty clear: Is Dave Hunter interested in promoting Brookwood, or putting the best teams on the field? I’m not a Sandy Creek supporter, but not only could they probably beat more than half the teams playing yesterday, I’m quite sure they’d be more than happy – and able – to fill a spot. I don’t care who was or is instrumental in putting the game together, one of the requisites of playing should be earning it. I’ve literally sat there and watched Dorsey hold his breath until the thing could be held at McEachern when the roof of the Georgia Dome was damaged and made the place unusable. And he ended up getting an extra true home game out of it, which they barely won 9-6 in the rain and almost surely would’ve lost on turf at a neutral site. Believe me, there are no two more self-serving individuals in Georgia high school football than Dorsey and Hunter.

CEM

August 25th, 2013
5:15 pm

And just to add to the above post – and offer some circumstantial proof to what I said – clearly Hunter and Dorsey (to the extent Dorsey remains involved) aren’t concerned much about ticket sales outside the participants’ fan bases, since if they were, they’d find a better product to put in the final game than Brookwood. Apparently he is delusional enough to believe people with no ties to any school are itching to buy tickets to see his former school get beat again. Who is going to want to see another McEachern/Walton/Brookwood/Peachtree Ridge round-robin again? Now consider how many people might have attended a Buford-Sandy Creek match as the prime-time game. The whole thing might as well be called the Hunter-Dorsey Kickoff Classic.

IndianPride

August 25th, 2013
7:30 pm

@westcobb5 I completely agee that Lassiter will be an altogether different test than brookwood was. Lassiter’s passing game is definitely on point and to be respected. Our defense has our work cut out for us this week. But we have been working all summer and doing pretty well in ths area, we have a couple of junior OLB’s to add to our pass defense arsenal that are sure to cause some disruption. Number 28 is fast and can read the pass very well at 6′ over 200lbs he’s a force, number 51 is 6′ and over 200lbs as well and I have heard that he moves like a cat and has hands like a wide receiver. At any rate I am looking forward to a great matchup between two great teams.

BrunoBars

August 26th, 2013
12:53 pm

@Smitty. Focus on the war not the battle. Get past the first round of the playoffs for a change and then come holler at us.