North Cobb beats Indians for hold of region lead
by Adam Carrington
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October 19, 2013 02:35 AM | 3918 views | 10 10 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend | print
North Cobb receiver Torrance McGee gets brought down by McEachern’s Michael Williams on what was called pass interference Friday. McGee, however, had the last laugh, accounting for a pair of touchdowns that helped the Warriors beat the unbeaten Indians and take the Region 4AAAAAA lead. 
<BR>Staff photo by Jeff Stanton
North Cobb receiver Torrance McGee gets brought down by McEachern’s Michael Williams on what was called pass interference Friday. McGee, however, had the last laugh, accounting for a pair of touchdowns that helped the Warriors beat the unbeaten Indians and take the Region 4AAAAAA lead.
Staff photo by Jeff Stanton
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KENNESAW — In a game between Region 4AAAAAA’s best, No. 8 North Cobb used a 78-second span of the fourth quarter to show it was the better team Friday night against No. 2 McEachern.

After McEachern took a five-point lead with 8:35 remaining in the game, when quarterback Ty Clemons faked a handoff and rushed for an 85-yard touchdown, that edge was quickly wiped away.

North Cobb scored 14 unanswered points during the next four plays to seize control of the game, and it went on to hand the Indians their first loss of the season with a 28-26 victory at Emory Sewell Stadium.

North Cobb (6-1, 5-0) is now atop of the region standings, dropping McEachern (7-1, 5-1) into a three-way tie for second with Hillgrove and Harrison.

“We’ve only had two region championships in 54 years,” North Cobb coach Shane Queen said. “This doesn’t clinch it, but I doubt we would be in a position to if it hadn’t been for this win. Now, we have the opportunity.”

The game-changing play came on the ensuing kickoff following Clemons’ 85-yard score. Torrance McGee took the kickoff, darted to the right side of the field and through a band of McEachern players before heading left to elude the remaining tacklers and finding his way into the end zone for an 85-yard return.

“You always try to get the ball into his hands,” quarterback Tyler Queen said of McGee, who also had five catches for 90 yards. “That run probably changed the game.”

Things continued going North Cobb’s way following McGee’s touchdown.

When Clemons threw a deep ball for tight end Scott Trey on first-and-10 from the McEachern 31-yard line, it was picked off by Cam Albright. On the very next play, J’Vonte Herrod barreled his way through a couple of McEachern defenders and produced a 55-yard pickup to put the Warriors on the McEachern 5. North Cobb scored again on the next play when Tyler Queen threw a 5-yard screen to Devin Granville.

The two quick touchdowns gave North Cobb a 28-19 lead with 7:13 left to play.

“Every time (McEachern) made a play, we had to match it,” Shane Queen said. “Our kids are unbelievable. They played their fannies off out there and I couldn’t be more proud.”

North Cobb’s 11-point lead was far from secure with more than half a quarter to play. The Indians needed five plays to get within two of North Cobb when Clemons broke through for a 59-yard touchdown run.

But the Warriors managed to chew more than 3 minutes of clock on their next drive, forcing McEachern to use all its timeouts after getting flagged for pass interference with roughly 2:30 remaining.

McEachern nearly executed the 2-minute drill with no timeouts, getting the ball back with 1:59 left.

The Indians moved from their own 18 to the North Cobb 44 during the first minute, but the drive stalled afterwards. On third-and-8 from the 42, Clemons’ pass attempt was blocked, and a screen pass to T.J. Rahming on fourth down was incomplete.

“This is the first time we been in this situation,” McEachern coach Kyle Hockman. “North Cobb played their hearts out. We’ll learn from this come back the next game and play hard.”

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jhardegree
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October 21, 2013
The entire week before the Hillgrove vs North Cobb game, North Cobb players were all over twitter saying really ugly things to Hillgrove players. North Cobb needs a moral coach, something they don't have now.
North Cobb Parent
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October 24, 2013
Where do these lies come from? Go check your kids twitter account and see. Hillgrove kids were talking about our qb's girlfriend saying some wildly inappropriate things about her and then the Hillgrove qb was making comments about TQ's weight and saying he should play on the Dline. Part of the reason our kids won is because the Hillgrove players were running their mouth on twitter and facebook. I'd like to thank your kids since it made ours actually bond more as a family and play as one.
no difference
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October 21, 2013
I too watch this game and was shocked at the nastiness of the North Cobb players. Your quarterback seems to have a very large ego. Looking at his crowd and celebrating himself? Now that is a great way to promote a kid. And that's what they all are, kids.
North Cobb Parent
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October 21, 2013
Wow, a kid makes a great play and celebrates. I guess Tim Tebow was a dirty player too.
agreeing with you
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October 21, 2013
you so right.
INDIANS ALWAYS
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October 20, 2013
I was at the game and I didn't see any Indians choking. I was proud of them even when North Cobb players were playing very dirty. The Indians will be fine, it's not over yet.
jussaying
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October 21, 2013
Every week! A "Dirty North Cobb" player sighting.
North Cobb Parent
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October 21, 2013
NCHS played dirty? Maybe you should have watch the game film and see you're best OL #77 literally belly flop on one of our players who had be knocked down already. He looked like he was jumping in the pool, arms back with only the intent to hurt our player. You can also thank him for the 15 yard gift he gave us that helped keep a drive alive. Plus, if we're so dirty then how come your Indians had more personal fouls called?
North Cobb Parent
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October 21, 2013
@jussaying

And we all know how everything on messageboards are true. just saying....
West Cobb Jim
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October 19, 2013
McEachern decided not to wait for playoffs this year before they choke. How much talent do you need?
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