Indians overcome flags, Hoyas for win
by Jeff Dickinson
MDJ Sports Correspondent
November 02, 2013 02:22 AM | 2522 views | 7 7 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Ty Clemons (2) had more than 300 yards of total offense as McEachern pulled away from Harrison on Friday.
Ty Clemons (2) had more than 300 yards of total offense as McEachern pulled away from Harrison on Friday.
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KENNESAW — McEachern overcame two turnovers, and 25 penalties for 230 yards, to beat Harrison 42-13 and move into a tie for the Region 4AAAAAA lead with North Cobb and Hillgrove.

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.

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OMacG
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November 04, 2013
A few of those penalties against Mac were questionable calls...but that's likely the result of having a reputation among officiating crews as a team that plays out of control. Probably keeps them from calling an equal game, as well, because "eye witness" saw the exact same thing I did on the blatant push off by the Hoya receiver.

We will cease playing in this manner as soon as it is no longer tolerated. That might mean making a tough but necessary choice about who remains on this football team and whose season ends early...because whatever has been previously attempted to stop the BS clearly has not worked. It shows, once again, how far things can spiral out of control if not nipped in the bud early on. We have some on this team who do not want to win bad enough to keep themselves in check, because a lack of discipline often kills our drives or extends them for the opponent. We can get away with it against over-matched opponents but what it means in against equal teams in the playoffs is a quick exit.

In reply to "Hard to Believe"- you can be assured the athletic director does not endorse such play. Do you recall any of his teams playing in this manner?

West Cobb Resident
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November 03, 2013
Have any of you ever heard of terrible Ref's? They are out there! I was at this game and it was unreal the calls they made. They should be fired!! And it was on both sides, it was terrible and overall all of the ref's I have seen this entire year have been awful. Just awful.
eye witness
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November 03, 2013
The embarrassment was the official walking back and forth marking off penalties for both teams. Seems the Indians weren't the only ones to lose their composure. Then there was the Hoya receiver that hit the defender in the back knocking him down and he still didn't catch the ball at the goal line. Yes the official standing there missed that one.
Hard to Believe
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November 02, 2013
Hard to believe such talented young men feel the need to play so dirty.....I have never seen a game played like this before. 230 yds of penalties???? This type of play comes from the highest level in the program.....so yes Coach...you should be embarrassed. But I guess winning is important enough to tolerate and teach this type of play. Where is the Athletic Director and what are his thoughts on this type of play?......does he endorse this as well????
MHS Football player
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November 02, 2013
"Bryce Brown" did not return the punt for a touchdown, there is no one on my McEachern team with that name. It was DB Rhamoi Parsons
anonymous
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November 02, 2013
Glad to hear him say it.McEachern coach should be embarrassed. If that is the way you have to play to win, you have nothing to be proud of. Such a shame to see such incredible athletes play so undisciplined. So glad the Hoyas came out with no more injuries than they had. 25 penalties must be some kind of record and that is just the ones that were called.
IndianPride
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November 04, 2013
@anonymous are you kidding? We played dirty to win? Usually 25 penalties against a team equals a loss, so how well did your Hoyas capitalize on our flags.? I say about 13 points worth. Now if you said we were undisciplined and it was a bad reflection of our football team and it's coaches I would agree.
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