Hillgrove 31, McEachern 17

Hillgrove scored on its first three possessions for a 21-0 lead than five minutes into the game and held off eighth-ranked McEachern 31-17 in the battle of Powder Springs rivals at Hillgrove on Friday.

Richardre Bagley opened the scoring with a 77-yard run on the second play from scrimmage and completed it with a 37-yard touchdown with 4:51 to play. It was part of a season-best effort for Bagley, who finished with 236 yards on 29 carries.

The victory allowed Hillgrove (9-1, 7-1) to wrap up second place in Region 4-AAAAAA and secure a first-round home game in the Class AAAAAA playoffs, which begin next week. McEachern (8-2, 6-2) finished in third place and will open the playoffs on the road. North Cobb won the 4-AAAAAA championship with a victory against Campbell.

McEachern played more than half of the game without quarterback Ty Clemons, who suffered a serious leg injury in the second quarter and left the stadium in an ambulance. Clemons, who entered the game as the Indians’ leading rusher with 1,154 yards, finished with 14 yards on five carries and was 4-of-7 passing for 84 yards. He also scored both McEachern touchdowns on short runs.

In his absence, the Indians turned to a combination of freshman quarterback Bailey Hockman and several players in the Wildcat formation, but they struggled to move the ball. They managed a 38-yard field goal by Dennis Dominguez to cut the lead to 21-17 just before halftime but were shut out in the second half.

Hillgrove finished with a 394-282 advantage in total offense.

Bagley’s first touchdown run gave Hillgrove a 7-0 lead with 11:16 to play in the first quarter, and the Hawks got the ball back on the next play from scrimmage when Quincey Nelson intercepted a Clemons pass at the McEachern 34. Two plays later, Elijah Ironside threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Omar Black for a 14-0 lead with 10:43 to play in the quarter.

After forcing a McEachern punt, Hillgrove drove 46 yards in five plays and scored on a 22-yard pass from Ironside to Emanuel Beal to make it 21-0.

McEachern responded with touchdowns on its next two possessions. Hillgrove had a chance to add to the lead in the second quarter but turned the ball over on downs on consecutive possessions, at the McEachern 1-yard line and the 22.

Ironside was 10-of-22 passing for 137 yards to give him 2,089 yards for the season.

McEachern – 14-3-0-0 – 17

Hillgrove – 21-0-3-7 – 31

H – Richardre Bagley 77 run (Andrew Gaughn kick)

H – Omar Black 26 pass from Elijah Ironside (Gaughn kick)

H – Emanuel Beal 39 pass from Ironside (Gaughn kick)

M – Ty Clemons 2 run (Dennis Dominguez kick)

M – Clemons 5 run (Dominguez kick)

M – Dominguez 38 field goal

H – Gaughn 22 field goal

H – Bagley 37 run (Gaughn kick)

14 comments Add your comment


November 8th, 2013
11:08 pm

I hope the Clemons injury is not serious.

Indian Parent

November 8th, 2013
11:36 pm

I hope the young man is ok..


November 8th, 2013
11:43 pm

Wishing him a full and speedy recovery.


November 8th, 2013
11:49 pm

Not a break, after all…Ty heard it pop but apparently just a bad sprain. Will take time to heal, regardless.


November 9th, 2013
12:07 am

Thankful I had the privilege of watching him play this year. It was a great ride. A lot of fun.

Canes Fan

November 9th, 2013
12:36 am

Hate that for Clemons QB; great player! Pray he is OK….


November 9th, 2013
9:26 am

Hated to see #2 go down. Looked like a real barn burner was shaping up. Bagley had a monster night for the Hawks.

33 for the Indians was fun to watch. A true down hill runner not afraid of contact. Great win for the Hawks knotting up the series 2 – 2.

Now that the regular season is over I wish all region 4 teams good luck in the playoffs.

Old Powder Springs Guy

November 9th, 2013
9:39 am

Word on the street is that the football team has simply imploded with a lot of stuff going on off the field. A great first half game. Hope # 2 is ok. Good luck to both teams in the playoffs.


November 9th, 2013
9:58 am

To all the McEachern Varsity Football Players, I commend you on your self discipline last night, I was more proud that you played smart football even though you didn’t walk away with the W. I commend the coaching staff for doing what was necessary to have our boys play with class and that I’m sure was tough with a heated rivalry game. NOW is the time for the leaders to step up! O line must block harder and longer, O guys must lay it on the line every drive. The D must play more aggressive albeit controlled. You Seniors and Juniors must step up and carry the freshman quarter back, he’s inexperienced and the playoffs put a lot of pressure on a seasoned QB, imagine what it’s doing to him. At the end of the day you win and lose as a team don’t lose sight of that. You have the opportunity to do something special in this 2nd season, don’t give up. Prayers going out to Ty, wishing him a full and speedy recovery.

unc bridges

November 10th, 2013
7:03 pm

Hang in there Ty. you’ve got a great support system in your family and we admire your attitude toward the game and life itself. Stay strong!


November 10th, 2013
8:01 pm

Reflections of a disappointing Friday night:

First, to Ty. Keep your head up and get well quickly. In addition to friends and family, whether you realize it or not, there are many you’ve never met (like me) who are pulling for you. God has blessed you with tremendous athleticism and, in due time, you’ll be back – stronger than ever.

Second, to the Hillgrove Hawks. Congratulations on a big win and best of luck in the playoffs. Go deep and represent the region well.

Third. A shout-out to Richardre Bagley. Heck of a game. But even more impressive (at least to me) than the 236 yards rushing was the (senior day) announcement that he has an outstanding GPA and an offer from Yale. Great athlete. Great student. Great role model. Reminds me of another great running back . . .

Fourth. A shout-out to the bands. A truly great showing of sportsmanship and a demonstration of what competition and sports should be about. I felt Powder Springs proud . . . and I don’t even live in PS.

And finally, to the McEachern team and family. There’s not a lot I can say that IndianPride hasn’t. I too was proud of the way you played the game. You should hold your heads high. I hope that what I am reading is not correct, but suspect at least an element of truth. Beginning with the loss to NC, it’s been a rough couple of weeks. There are many adversities in the road of life. And this is one of them. The team is wounded, but not dead. Collectively, you still have the talent. If you can come together and play as a team, holding each other accountable and making each other better, then you’ve still got an opportunity to have a great second season. So show your STRENGTH, have FAITH, and DON’T BE AFRAID to meet the challenge of this or any other adversity. You can overcome.


November 11th, 2013
9:55 am

@westcobb5- one of the classiest posts I’ve ever read on any forum. Strong work!

The rivalry is still intense but has settled into a “nicer” pattern than it was just 2 years back. I spewed as much venom as anyone but we all have to move on at some point. It was a great game to watch and I’m glad I haven’t seen much excuse-making from Mac folks about the loss…injuries and mistakes are a part of the game.

Excited to see how we’ll come out and play in Covington Friday night…news on Ty is better than expected but still too early to even begin hoping we can stay in this thing long enough to get him back. The team needs support now more than ever…particular for that young freshman now charged with running our offense.


November 11th, 2013
4:59 pm

I completely agree with ya OMac. I don’t think anything could be added to westcobb’s post. As far as
the playoffs are concerned no doubt Mac has to make some adjustments.

Still a great deal of talent on that Indian team to be used in different ways, Speaking as a armchair coach I would like to see 7 & 33 in the backfield together a bit. Maybe they did Friday night and I missed it. 33 is a bruiser who could open lanes for 7.

I still like the Indians chances Friday night. Good luck & travel safe.


November 11th, 2013
8:46 pm

I agree about our chances, Pshawkfan…plenty of opportunities given the talent we have if we can protect Bailey and give him time. The positive side to having to make massive adjustments to our offensive scheme is the fact that every piece of film on this 2013 offense has been generally rendered irrelevant, from opening kickoff in the Dome up until Ty was injured in the 2nd quarter last week. Our opposition Friday night will have very little info to prepare from.