North Cobb 28, McEachern 26

North Cobb’s offense had its way against second-ranked McEachern on Friday, but it still took a big special teams play and a late defensive stand to save the Warriors.

Torrance McGee returned a kickoff 94 yards with 8:17 to play to put the Warriors ahead for good, and they held on for a 28-26 victory over the Indians to move into first place in Region 4-AAAAAA.

The victory leaves North Cobb in full control of the region championship race. The Warriors (6-1, 5-0) are the only undefeated team remaining in region play, and they have beaten all three of the one-loss teams. McEachern (7-1, 5-1) falls into a virtual three-way tie for second place with Harrison and Hillgrove, and the Indians play them both in their final two games.

North Cobb finished with 530 yards in total offense but still trailed 19-14 with less than nine minutes to play because of key turnovers and the failure to take advantage of good field position. The Warriors threw two interceptions, lost a fumble and turned the ball over on downs three times – all in McEachern territory.

North Cobb built the lead to 28-19 less than a minute after McGee’s return on a 5-yard pass from Queen to Devin Granville. But McEachern answered with a 59-yard touchdown run by Ty Clemons, his second of the night. North Cobb’s victory wasn’t secure until Clemons threw an incomplete pass on fourth down at the North Cobb 42 with 28 seconds to play.

North Cobb outgained McEachern 266-99 in the first half but threw two interceptions and had a fumble and led just 7-6 at halftime. Queen passed for 156 yards in the half and gave the Warriors the early lead with a 26-yard touchdown pass to McGee with three minutes to play in the first quarter.

McEachern did not have good field position for most of the first half but took advantage the one time it did.

An 11-yard punt gave the Indians the ball at the North Cobb 39. McEachern put together a six-play drive and scored on an 11-yard run by Alizee Chubbs with 4:28 to play in the half. McEachern missed the extra-point attempt and trailed 7-6.

Queen finished with 273 yards passing and 82 rushing, while J’Vonte Herrod rushed for 178 yards for the Warriors.

McEachern – 0-6-7-13 – 26

North Cobb – 7-0-7-14 – 28

N – Torrance McGee 26 pass from Tyler Queen (Mohamed Imneina kick)

M – Alizee Chubbs 11 run (kick failed)

M – T.J. Rahming 52 pass from Ty Clemons (Dennis Dominguez kick)

N – J’Vonte Herrod 17 run (Imneina kick)

M – Ty Clemons 85 run (run failed)

N – McGee 94 kickoff return (Imneina kick)

N – Devin Granville 5 pass from Queen (Imneina kick)

M – Clemons 59 run (Dominguez kick)

41 comments Add your comment

Sportsnut

October 18th, 2013
10:09 pm

Good job Warriors. The second season is coming and you belong there !

Indian Parent

October 18th, 2013
10:12 pm

Alizee Chubbs was killing N.Cobb running between the tackles.. Hockman and his Staff will NEVER EVER win a Championship at McEachern because they don’t seem to understand the game.. I’ll never go back to a game as long as those fools are there

True Blue

October 18th, 2013
10:19 pm

I don’t understand how you don’t run the ball at lineman on the defensive side weighing 190. Your offensive line is 6′3 and weighing 290 or better. You should run the ball down their throat. I watch the game and I am not a fan of either team . I just hate bad coaching

Indian Parent

October 18th, 2013
10:27 pm

@ True Blue, I was at JV game last year. McEachern had the lead and the ball on the other teams 15 yard line with about 2 mins in the game. Instead of putting the QB under center or taking a couple knees to win the game. They put the QB in the shot gun, the ball flew over the kids head and they lost the game.. That’s how dumb some of there Coaches are

calvin

October 18th, 2013
10:33 pm

Good for you Warriors- great game guys

Dallas Highway

October 18th, 2013
10:35 pm

Congrats to North Cobb. I was impressed last week when they beat Hilgrove and I was amazed that they totally outplayed Mceachern tonight. They are a legit top 10 team, no doubt about it.

Olde Towne

October 18th, 2013
10:39 pm

Pay back is heck ain’t it little man?

Old Bear

October 18th, 2013
10:41 pm

North Cobb earned this win. Congrats to them.

Orange Blue & White

October 18th, 2013
10:42 pm

Indian Parent, why don’t you just transfer?

JJ

October 18th, 2013
10:43 pm

Congratulations North Cobb!

Indian Parent

October 18th, 2013
10:45 pm

My last kid is a Sr this year, then we’re done..

Warrior Nation

October 18th, 2013
10:46 pm

Great game boys and great game plan coaches. The defense has improved every game this season. You beat a great team tonight. Keep up the good work.

5-Time

October 18th, 2013
10:47 pm

That was a great game!! North Cobb was Turnt all the way up in this game…

WarriorFan

October 18th, 2013
10:49 pm

Great Win for the Warriors against a great Mac team. Nc made the plays when they had to. The NC D stepped up and bottled up griffin but the couldnt stop chubbs. If they ran him over and over i think the game would have been different, but also NC left a lot of points out there with turnovers and inabilty to convert in the red zone. The lack of a kicking game will hurt NC at some point this season

Ex Observer

October 18th, 2013
10:50 pm

Great game North Cobb

Cobb Mafia

October 18th, 2013
10:53 pm

good game north cobb

westcobb5

October 18th, 2013
10:54 pm

Congrats North Cobb and good luck in the playoffs.

Close game. Tough loss for the Indians, but this ain’t the playoffs and we’re still in the hunt.

Skip Johnson

October 18th, 2013
10:55 pm

Best game I’ve seen all season. By far. Way to leave everything on the field. Congratulations to both teams.

region4fan

October 18th, 2013
11:02 pm

North Cobb’s skill players on both sides of the ball were the difference.Three turnovers in a half after only two all season but they still won. Herrod broke tackles and Queen on the read option was a stud.

Proud Indian

October 18th, 2013
11:11 pm

@indian parent…. Your an idiot!!! You have no clue what your talking about. Calling coaches dumb is so far out of line, when you probably couldn’t coach up every position on a basic zone play if your life depended on it. Shut up and take your kid home if that’s your feeling. Thank god your kid will not be on team next year. Lord knows what BS you are filling his head with and he turns around and brings that into the locker room. Poor parenting on your part. Shameful.

westcobb5

October 18th, 2013
11:14 pm

Indian Parent – For the sake of your kids, I hope your behavior on this blog is not indicative of your parenting skills. Was it really necessary to be so negative towards the coaching staff? There were many reasons for the loss, starting with a heck of an effort on the other side of the ball.

westcobb5

October 18th, 2013
11:18 pm

@Proud Indian . . . Thank you.

slim065

October 18th, 2013
11:39 pm

Impressive win. Seems that NC is maybe reaching that potential that they were hyped with in the pre-season. I didn’t watch the entire game, but does NC have some issues in the kicking game? Seems like that game shouldn’t have come down to the final minute given they tuned the ball over on downs 3 or 4 times.

NC has some very good players, especially at the skill positions. And it looks like KSU might be getting a very good player in McGee…unless some other schools come a knockin’

BIG CHIEF WHOOPUM

October 19th, 2013
12:31 am

First of all CONGRATS to NC for a hard fought victory. Class act and I love the way your crowd keeps in turnt up! Except I hate that techno music.

Now to my Indian Nation: I can’t believe what I’m reading. We don’t air our dirty laundry on a blog. It’s one loss people! Not the end of the world! By the way, a loss to an excellent top 10 team.
@Indian Parent: I would hope your teaching your kid to face adversity head on, not to point fingers. Life is full of wins and losses, it’s how you handle those loses that mold you. Sure you can second guess the coaching staff, but what good does that do. In spite of all the negatives you can focus on, we still could have won this game. Let’s let this loss strengthen the Tribe and keep moving forward.

Ken and Karen Mcknley

October 19th, 2013
12:47 am

Great game Coach Queen and North Cobb. Reminded of those South Cobb days. A nail biter.
Tyler is a beast.

Indian Parent

October 19th, 2013
6:33 am

West Cobb and Proud, I will tell you how my parenting skills are. My oldest son graduated from college this spring. The kid I have at McEachern has core GPA of 3.5 with taking mostly AP and Honors courses. I tell you what, ask any of those Sr what they think about this game.. I bet they’ll tell you things you don’t want to know about your beloved Coaches

only a matter of time

October 19th, 2013
8:12 am

First off, I’m a Hillgrove parent but also a fan of the region. There are four schools in the region that do what it takes to be competitive and two of them went at it lat night. I said after last week that #15 this year has really improved and stepped his play up over last year. He’s arguably the best signal caller in the region. N. Cobb has just enough athletes (#6; #1 just to name a couple) in the skill spots that create match up problems for opposing defenses. That’s how they beat Hillgrove last week and that’s how they survived last night’s game against McEachern. Again, it’s about getting to the second season and making some noise in the playoffs, not what the regular season record ends up being. The four we will have representing the region in the playoffs will do well, especially since we don’t have to face region 1 in the first round this year.

littlet

October 19th, 2013
9:01 am

Way to go Warriors! I have to admit that I was not very confident going into this game, especially after last year’s game but I am so amazed at our team. We are not that big, especially compared to McEachern and we are not as fast as last year but somehow our guys find a way to step it up and win!! I am so incredibly proud of our guys!! @only a matter of time; I agree with you that we have a competitive region. The teams that qualify for the playoffs will be battle tested for sure!

Sportsnut

October 19th, 2013
10:06 am

Region 4, we are coming !

True Blue

October 19th, 2013
10:16 am

Indian Parent some parents are just proud to have their kid on the team. Then a lot of them don’t know football. So when you start to question some of the stupid plays some of these coaches running. They want to call you a bad parent. They want to question your parenting skills. Like i said earlier i watch the game and the GPB COMMENTATORS couldnt understand why MCEACHERN was trying to run outside with 3 D1 lineman on the OFFENSINE LINE. NC average 190 on the DEFENSIVE LINE. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that you keep the ball between the TACKLES and RUN it down their throat. The two long TD by clemmons was straight up the gut. MCEACHERN played to NC strength. You dont run away from SPEED. You run right at Speed and you let them know that we are getting ready to play SMASH MOUTH FOOTBALL FOR 4 QUARTER and i don’t have son on NC or MCEACHERN TEAM.

R31768 Pack

October 19th, 2013
10:22 am

NC looked good last night. R4 is going to make some noise come playoffs. Pack put up 41 points but the offense is still struggling in the red zone against good defenses. One problem is the Pack is banged up worse than usual. We had 5 or 6 players helped off the field last night. Half the team is limping on and off the field.

Indian Parent

October 19th, 2013
11:04 am

@ True, you are correct. Maybe I should have used the PC phrase of “They never make the proper adjustments when they play quality teams vs Dumb Coaches”.. I’ve been around this Sr. Group of kids since Ty Clemons started playing for the Jr Indians in 7th grade along with C.Wade #53, JP # 24, R Sherman #3, CJ Norell and a host of those other kids.. The out come has always been the same. They can beat avg teams all day an nite because they have very talented players. However, when they play quality teams that require thinking and making adjustments they loose.. If they would have continued to run Chubbs, NC would had to bring more people into the box. NC game plan was to make sure Gibson didn’t get to the edge.. They only way the Indians was going to win this game was if Queen was standing on the sideline..

New Indian Dad

October 19th, 2013
12:16 pm

Here is the deal from last night, it was 2 points. So what I told my son all parties himself included is at fault for not getting those two points. Bad play calling, fumbled balls, missed extra points, over thrown passes, missed tackles, bad angles taken on kick off and stupid penalties all contributed to this loss. Any one of these could have made the difference.

Travis

October 19th, 2013
8:39 pm

This was the best high school football game I have seen in 5 years. Either team could have won this game and the outcome was in doubt all but the last 30 seconds. Congrats to both programs. They both left everything out on the field. I especially liked the team handshakes and group prayer immediately afterwards. What an example you guys set!

GA Fan

October 20th, 2013
8:42 am

My son plays football at McEachern. When I coached his youth team and we loss a game (the few times we lost, lol) after each game I would say ” we will go back to the drawing board on Monday.” After the loss to N.Cobb, I didnt say a word about the loss. When we got home my wife asked him what happened and he calmly replied that he didnt want to talk about. Disappointed like many Indians supporters and old youth ball coaches, I had a laundry list of things that went wrong. However my son helped me to remember my own quote. He knows that his team is going to get bashed for losing. He knows bloggers will bash his coaches. He understands the frustration from his teammates because they work really hard all season long. But he also knows that on “Monday” it’s time to put that loss behind him.

N.C., good job. I’ve watched TQ every since he played @ Mc youth ball program. Mc has not played against teams with that many game changers. I know HG suppporters will disagree, LOL! This was a great game for Mc players to see a team that out worked them. We will see how MC players respond for the rest of the season.

GOOOO INDIANS!!!!!!!

Indian alum

October 20th, 2013
3:46 pm

Some of you parents in the stands who spread all this negativity just kill me. You think you know more about coaching then these coaches just because you watch nfl sunday ticket. Ha! And hats off to N.C. for a great game. My Indians will come back and play a great game next year. But don’t get too happy. It’s only the 6th win for NC over MHS since 1983. But love the job that Coach Queen has done over there.

westcobb5

October 20th, 2013
8:09 pm

@GA Fan – Here’s another quote your son should remember: “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” (Nietzsche)

OMacG

October 20th, 2013
9:11 pm

Well said, BIG CHIEF WHOOPUM! I have always been proud that it is a rare, rare time when Mac folks air the family business on public blogs. There’s been some on here because of a tough loss…but it’s good to see others step up and remind folks about time and place.

There’s plenty all of us would change about that game if we could go back…I doubt anyone thinks such more than our coaches. Not a single good thing results from blasting anyone on a blog. I don’t like losing that game- this region is tough to win and more important to me than getting a region title trophy is earning a #1 seed, because there are other regions even tougher and driving 4-6 hours to play in a hostile South GA stadium raises the level of difficulty about a notch or ten.

Seems what’s forgotten the most in all of this is the fact that we got beat by a dadgum good football team. Coach Queen and his staff had ‘em ready to play and they executed better than we did that night. Plenty of things the players and coaches can improve on; same goes for us fans and supporters. I’m eager to see how the team responds and finishes things up…maybe we’ll look back on the loss and see that it served a better purpose. Happens all the time.

IndianPride

October 21st, 2013
7:35 am

Congrats NC on a well fought and earned victory! I am not worried about the L, in fact this L was very good for our Team. Too many times we have rolled right through region play and get to the playoffs NOT ready and exit early. I think this game exposed us at just the right time! We now can see where our weaknesses lie and work on those before our upcoming games or before we meet a Camden-Colquitt or any of the powerhouses. This L will be a great teacher to both coaches and players and trust me they will learn from it. I agree with OMacG, that just maybe we’ll look back on the loss and see that it served a better purpose! Also to the Indian Family, we need to keep our business in house and not air our dirty laundry publicly.

OMacG

October 21st, 2013
11:29 am

IndianPride, I think “New Indian Dad” explained it well: there are a PILE of things that result in the outcome of a game, both wins and losses. Plenty of blame to go around…glad no one is screaming about the referee crew, who I thought did a pretty good job overall calling an intensely contested game. I think even the NC folks breathed a sigh of relief when nothing was thrown on that kickoff return…but the truth is, I saw some misses benefited the Blue and Gold team, as well. Point is, we made plenty mistakes on our own to affect the final score.

Apparently, the overall final product was enough to overcome what I thought was some sloppy play by both teams, at least in the first half; many others who are neither NC or Mac folks have commented about what a great game it was.

westcobb5

October 21st, 2013
12:32 pm

Let’s build on this and win 7 more . . . one game at a time.