McEachern 43, Marietta 30

Ty Clemons was effective as usual and perhaps as efficient as ever for McEachern on Friday.

The senior quarterback passed for 211 yards and three touchdowns – all to TJ Rahming – and rushed for 144 yards in less than three quarters to lead the second-ranked Indians to a 43-30 victory against Marietta at Northcutt Stadium.

Clemons was 9-of-12 passing, and all three of his completions to Rahming went for first half touchdowns – covering 80, 54 and 20 yards – as the Indians built a 30-9 halftime lead. Malik Williams had the other six receptions from Clemons for 57 yards.

Marietta hung with the Indians through much of the first half, but the game got away from the Blue Devils midway through the second quarter when McEachern (4-0, 2-0) scored 16 points in a minute and half to take a 23-9 lead.

Taj Griffin gave the Indians their first lead when he took a pitch from Clemons, cut back across the middle of the field and ran 30 yards for a touchdown. Dennis Dominguez’s extra point made it 14-9 with 8:11 to play in the first half.

The Indians added to the lead 38 seconds later when Marietta, backed up to its 1-yard line after three penalties on its next possession, snapped the ball out of the end zone for a safety. The Indians needed just two plays after the free kick to score again, this time on Clemons’ 54-yard pass to Rahling for a 23-9 lead with 6:42 to play in the half.

Marietta went 49 yards in 11 plays on its first possession of the second half and scored on a quarterback sneak by Brenton Martin to cut the lead to 30-16. But McEachern answered quickly with a five-play, 80-yard drive to regain the 21-point lead. Clemons sparked the drive with a 65-yard run on the first play. He also set up the touchdown with a 12-yard run to the 3 that turned out to be his final play of the night as he was shaken up on the hit and sat out the rest of the way.

Martin threw three touchdown passes for Marietta in addition to his scoring run.

The second quarter was a reflection of the season as a whole for Marietta. The Blue Devils were impressive in averaging 57.5 points in season-opening victories against Newnan and Pope. Once region play began, however, Marietta (2-2, 0-2) has struggled, losing consecutive games against Hillgrove and McEachern to fall to 0-2 in 4-AAAAAA.

McEachern – 7-23-7-6 – 43

Marietta – 9-0-7-14 – 30

Ma – Jordan Mathis 31 pass from Brenton Martin (Ian Shannon kick)

Mc – TJ Rahming 80 pass from Ty Clemons (Dennis Dominguez kick)\

Ma – Safety (runner tackled in end zone)

Mc – Taj Griffin 30 run (Dominguez kick)

Mc – Safety (ball snapped out of end zone)

Mc – Rahming 54 pass from Clemons (Dominguez kick)

Mc – Rahming 20 pass from Clemons (Dominguez kick)

Ma – Martin 1 run (Shannon kick)

Mc – Alizee Chubbs 3 run (Dominguez kick)

Ma – Marcus Bennett 13 pass from Martin (Shannon kick)

Mc – Chubbs 3 run (kick blocked)

Ma – Mathis 50 pass from Martin (Shannon kick)

17 comments Add your comment

BIG CHIEF WHOOPUM

September 21st, 2013
1:55 am

Just another night on the War Path: MCEACHERN 43, Marietta 30. Much respect to Marietta for a hard fought game. Whose up next? Kennesaw Mtn. See U next week!
GO INDIANS!!! GO BIG BLUE!!!

Hawks got Swag

September 21st, 2013
6:12 pm

Looks like a battle of Powder Springs is coming yet again. Good going McEachern!
Go Hillgrove!!

Westcobbwatcher

September 21st, 2013
6:34 pm

Marietta been complaining for 2 weeks about refs calls and scores. They beat up on bad teams then play good teams and its refs fault? Burton has never won game against equal teams he can’t coach unless he has more talent than opponent. Indians could have scored 70 if they wanted. Blue devil defense stinks whenever they play quality teams. But don’t worry they play bad teams next few weeks so they will win and all if a sudden be champs! Man I miss coach Friday !

BIG CHIEF WHOOPUM

September 21st, 2013
7:28 pm

@Hawks got Swag- Indeed, that looks like a great possibility. However WE, the TRIBE are going 2 take it one game at a time. Obviously the biggest obstacle along the way is North Cobb. U guys play them a week before we do(just like Marietta) so we’ll gauge your success or not. But if everything goes well then “THE BATTLE DOWN IN POWDER TOWN” is on for region supremacy!!! Until then “Stay thirsty my friends”.
GO INDIANS!!! GO BIG BLUE!!!

Marietta never quit

September 21st, 2013
7:59 pm

West Cobb Watcher must have missed Marietta beating Lowndes on their home field last year
(they were 18-1 in state playoff games before the loss), and also Marietta handily whipping Hillgrove last year and Lassiter the year before. Before Coach Burton came we would probably have quit at halftime against McEachern and it would have been a rout, but Marietta came back to whip McEachern in the second half (21-13), despite Marietta having its two linebackers and safety knocked out of the game with two concussions and a broken collar bone. McEachern is a terrific team that may win it all, but Marietta will be in the playoffs before it is all over.

Westcobbwatcher

September 21st, 2013
9:13 pm

Whipped Lassiter? a screen pass that a great player took in at end of game Marietta never quit under Friday they won region titles not slip in 4th place. Lowndes win was due to one great player Anthony Jennings. Indians lost qb best RBI in country had bad ankle and they still could have won by 40 if they wanted to. And let’s not forget the great play calling last year against Indians when we had ball with under 2 minutes and the lead and we attempted 2 passes??? Burton will always be out coached unless he has overwhelming talent. These are Facts and they can not be disputed.

BIG CHIEF WHOOPUM

September 21st, 2013
9:31 pm

@Marietta never quit- I was the first to give credit to your team for a hard fought game, but whipped in second half 21-13??? WOW!!! Sure we were out scored in the second half but still won by 13. And since U brought up injuries, we lost our starting QB and our starting RB only played some in the first half and only at about 70% healthy. I assure U with just one of them we could have put up 60!!! But I digress, Good luck to you guys the rest of the season!

GO INDIANS!!! GO BIG BLUE!!!

Marietta fan

September 21st, 2013
11:33 pm

@chief whoopum I saw your comments on one of the other threads and you’re correct. Marietta never quits and thank goodness Clemons is ok, that was a nasty shot. I also noticed Griffin might’ve twisted his ankle on a plant and spin. @westcobbwatcher I’ve been happy with Burton ever since he came to Marietta. He comes from a winning background and has us going in the right direction. I do question his play calling sometime. For example, in the Mceachern game last year, he called pass plays when we needed to run the clock. Also the win at Lowndes last year was huge. Of course Jennings had a lot to do with it, but the defense played great and Lowndes never made adjustments. Ty Tomlin had a pick and a forced fumble late in the game and we sacked the QB the last 3 plays of the game. I must also note that Mceachern and Hillgrove didn’t make it to the 2nd round last year and all 3 teams lost in round 2 two years ago. With the exception of North Cobb last year, our region needs to get past round 2 to show the state that we have viable championship contenders

only a matter of time

September 22nd, 2013
7:50 am

I know it’s way too early to circle the McEachern-Hillgrove game as the battle for it all. Hillgrove has a lot of work ahead of them before that game and should be just concentrating on Campbell this week. McEachern, Hillgrove, North Cobb and Marietta will finish top four in the region this much we know.

westcobb5

September 22nd, 2013
2:00 pm

Fantastic game Indians. And one heck of a 4th quarter, clock-consuming, smash-mouth scoring drive to seal the game when everybody in the stadium knew it would be run, run, run . . . Three and out there and we were looking at a whole different ball game.

OMacG

September 22nd, 2013
2:25 pm

westcobb5-

Bingo, brother. So many of these new guys coaching today get caught up in trying to play explosive on offense every single possession…I absolutely love that Coach Hockman is – and has been every season since he arrived – committed to having a power running game that can grind clock and move the chains. That last drive was absolutely beautiful…just rammed it down their throats and punched it in after running 7+ minutes off the clock. Wish the D wouldn’t have given up that last Blue Devil TD…but it was irrelevant at that point.

IndianPride

September 22nd, 2013
7:22 pm

I am so proud of the boys in blue they are playing some kinda football yessir. I have to say if we all play how we are all capable of playing and rep Region 4 we can definitely make it far into the playoffs and show the state we are a force to be reckoned with. Much love first to my Indians and neighborly love to Hillgrove, Marietta, and North Cobb, looks like we will represent Region 4 in the playoffs.

IndianPride

September 22nd, 2013
7:27 pm

Praying for Ty and Taj, wishing them a speedy recovery. Also keeping Marietta’s two line backers and safety In the prayers of the tribe wishing them a speedy recovery.

Rocko93'

September 23rd, 2013
7:24 am

Really don’t see anyone out scoring McEachern… Just found out that #7 (Griffin) is just a Junior… WOW…

Sportsnut

September 24th, 2013
7:06 am

I’m glad you guy’s already know who will be representing the region. It gives me time to research as the season progresses.

IndianPride

September 24th, 2013
8:26 am

@sportsnut, I can’t say that I’m 100% sure on Region 4 Representation, just looking at the strengths of each team in the region, IMO the above 4 are the most likely candidates to rep region 4 in the playoffs. However the wildcard team could be Harrison who could just get in. But plenty of season left and anything could happen on any given Friday! I just hope that we clean up our flag addiction by the end of the season LOL

Sportsnut

September 24th, 2013
9:04 am

@ IndianPride == I’m just glad for the switch. To play someone new. It is really to early to tell who will be where at seasons end. You have some good teams in region 4. Mac and Hillgrove I think are the best bets but who knows how things may turn out. Harrison may knock out Marietta or North Cobb.