Ty Clemons accounted for 311 yards of total offense and four touchdowns but the Indians still found themsleves ahead by only eight points near the end of the third quarter.
McEachern scored 21-straight points to put the game away and improve to 8-1 overall and 6-1 in the region heading into next week’s showdown with cross-town rival Hillgrove.
Despite the victory, Indians’ coach Kyle Hockman was less than pleased with his team’s performance.
“Embarrassed, plain and simple,” Hockman said. “We have got to show more poise in the future when things don’t go our way. We can’t continue to turn the ball over and have that many penalties in a tough region like this.”
It was all Clemons early in the game, including two first-half interceptions that kept the Hoyas (5-4, 4-3) in the game. On the second play of the game, he broke free for a 69-yard scoring run to put McEachern ahead.
On the next possession, Clemons was intercepted by Harrison’s Andrew Brock at the Indians’ 40-yard line. Seven plays later, Jonathan Hutson kicked a 25-yard field goal to cut the McEachern lead to 7-3.
After a 21-yard touchdown run by Clemons, the Hoyas cut the lead to 14-6 on a 23-yard field goal by Hutson.
Clemons scored his third rushing touchdown of the game on a 39-yard run at the 4:24 mark of the second quarter to put McEachern up 21-6 at the half.
Looking like they might then run away with the game, the Indians made enough mistakes to keep Harrison close. After driving 48 yards in six plays, the Hoyas cut the lead to 21-13 on a 10-yard scramble by quarterback Lorenzo Nunez with 5:51 remaining in the third quarter.
McEachern closed the game with 21 unanswered points.
Harrison coach Matt Dickmann said the loss to McEachern sounded like a broken record for his team.
“It has gone like this two weeks in a row now,” Dickman said. “We have played tough for three quarters, and have then let the game get away from us. We can’t afford to give a team like McEachern points like we did tonight and expect to win.”
T.J. Rahming also had a big night for McEachern, catching nine passes for 149 yards and a touchdown. Bryce Brown also found the end zone for the Indians when he returned a Harrison punt 69 yards for a touchdown with 1:59 left in the game.