McEachern beats archrival Hillgrove
by Adam Carrington
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November 10, 2012 02:32 AM | 7745 views | 18 18 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Hillgrove at McEachern

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POWDER SPRINGS — It took two fourth-quarter touchdowns and an onside kick recovery for McEachern to come from behind to beat Hillgrove 33-30 at home and end the regular season with an eight-game winning streak and a perfect Region 4AAAAAA record.

It was the test McEachern needed going into the Class AAAAAA state playoffs next week. The Indians may have their hands full with Colquitt County.

With Marietta and North Cobb winning their games handily, Hillgrove finished as 4AAAAAA’s No. 4 seed and will travel to Camden County for the first round.

“This kind of game, I think, gets us ready,” McEachern coach Kyle Hockman said. “We haven’t played a good, tough game going into the playoffs. We played 0-9 teams and 1-8 teams when we played a half or less. I think this game kind of primes us. Getting one here late and coming out victorious gets us at the right spot.”

The Indians totaled 295 yards on the ground. Quarterback Ty Griffin accounted for 222 of those yards and had four rushing touchdowns. As successful McEachern was running the ball, Hillgrove gave the Indians fits at the line of scrimmage in the third quarter and the early stages of the fourth.

Many of McEachern’s rush attempts were going for negative yards, which led to Hillgrove getting better field position and eventually a fourth quarter lead. A Hillgrove safety off a botched snap by McEachern that went through the end zone led to a two-yard touchdown run by Richardre Bagley to give the Hawks a 23-19 lead.

Knowing they had to reclaim the lead sooner rather than later with 11 minutes to play with, the Indians went three-and-out on their next drive with minus-4 rushing yards to show for.

But on Hillgrove’s first play of its next drive, McEachern forced a turnover when defensive lineman McKenzie Billingslea recovered an Errol Breaux fumble at the McEachern 39-yard line.

After Ty Clemons was stopped for a four-yard loss on first down, McEachern decided to change things up on the next play when Ty Griffin threw a 26-yard pass to Taj Griffin. Two plays later, Ty Griffin gave McEachern the lead for good when he kept the ball and ran ball 39 yards for the touchdown.

“They made some good adjustments at halftime,” Hockman said. “It took us a while to make some adjustments back. I give credit to God and our coaches who are doing a great job.”

McEachern then forced Hillgrove to punt, and the Indians added insurance on a 1-yard plunge by Griffin.

Hillgrove then executed the 2-minute drill perfectly by scoring on a 5-yard screen pass from Thompson to Bagley, but Glenn Frazier successfully recovered the onside kick to preserve the win.

“I’m proud of our kids. I thought we played hard (Friday),” Hillgrove coach Phil Ironside said. “Everyone thought we would get blown out and we had a chance to win the ballgame.”

Thompson did most of its damage in the air with Thompson throwing for 245 yards and two scores.

Breaux and Evan Engram broke the 100-mark in receiving with 131 and 103 yards respectively. They even connected for a score when Engram hit Breaux on a 75-yard flea-flicker.





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more common sense
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November 13, 2012
This comment is directed to the moron whose title says common sense although I am unsure he has any. Let me tell you something we are well aware you could care less where your visitors have to sit. That's why no one wants to play there. We don't need your $ or your attitude.
common sense
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November 12, 2012
@west cobb fan I dont keep up with middle school ball as much but ive heard our 6th grade head coach sucks, but our 7th and 8th grade coaches are pretty good...
OMacG
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November 14, 2012
Most of your coaches are a HEAP better than many of you Hillgrovers posting in the article comment sections believe...y'all are starting to rival the Harrison crowd when it comes to highest per-capita whine factor for a CC school. Check into it and you'll see that every Hillgrove team from 6th to varsity was successful this season...your varsity hung tough and earned a playoff spot and your 8th grade team plays for the league title this Saturday.

Mac folks have our own idiot "supporters" we struggle with over here but I'm pretty proud of the fact that it's a rare day when one of us comes on here and blasts a coach. I reckon you're trying to fill that void for us by ripping Hockman for "not developing" players. From over here, it is pretty dang clear our coaches are both developing players AND winning football games. We'll keep running those pee-wee plays designed around the talent we currently have...worked out great so far this season and I've yet to hear a single complaint from a football parent about development.
Joe R
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November 12, 2012
Sounds like a lot of sore losers here. There ought to be a rule - your team loses shut-up!
Jeremy Storey
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November 11, 2012
Glad to see McEachern win. I'm also happy to see they honored my father Ron Storey who is a Deputy Chief with Cobb Police and has worked sporting events at McEachern since 1987. Thanks for all your service dad not only has a father, but an oustanding Law Enforcement Officer!
MHS 4-ever
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November 13, 2012
We love Officer Storey so much! It has been an honor to have him help us all these years!! Thank you SO MUCH!!
OMacG
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November 14, 2012
Jeremy, your father is a McEachern legend and his many years of service is well appreciated by many. A fine man who clearly raised a fine son.
common sense
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November 11, 2012
Lets go Hawks!
common sesnse
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November 10, 2012
To the Indians you guys are the biggest ish talkers with nothing to back it.. yall talked junk all week on twitter how you guys were going to blow us out!?please! and #7 and #2 were the main ones talking and rapping and they both played like they had "pads on".. I've never seen a cobb county team above the age of 9 years old call pee wee plays like that hockman should be ashamed of putting wins above development...and he should put together a fund raiser for a christmas gift to coach queen for playing daddy ball at North cobb cause i promise you If #10 had not transferred the indians would not even be a 500 team!
west cobb fan
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November 11, 2012
this time they talked smack and got the "W". to the winners go the spoils. I heard that weak rap they put together but it is what it is. we played hard. we had our chances though. from where I was sitting #7 and #2 were effective at times against us. you're knocking Hockman, alleging he's bypassing development for wins?? you must not have ever attended a Hillgrove 6th, 7th or 8th grade game. for Hillgrove it's all about the wins in middle school. please don't talk about fundraisers dude. we played our "home" game Friday at McEachern because our visitor stands are not complete. hopefully you've contributed to that fundraiser. I wonder next year if you'll be calling our program "daddy ball"?
No Common Sense
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November 12, 2012
You have no idea what type of atmosphere Hockman has created inside that locker room. He is one of the most respected coaches in the state!! For you to mk that type of comment shows your ignorance and your stupidity for spelling "Sesnse" wrong in your name. HA!! Great game let it go DUMMY!!
common sense
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November 12, 2012
@west cobb fan We were a turnover and penalty from me saying "they are who we thought they were!" when I say daddy ball I mean running kids off as good as#10.. and no next year I want be saying Daddy ball cause I feel like #2 will be the Best QB on the team,also check the rushing stats if you wanna see how productive #2 and #7 were.. when I say player development #2 should be a better QB then he is, he has been in that program as a starter at his age group for a while and still he is running around like a running back.if it was up to me they could have sit on the hill like everybody else, but im sure hillgrove made more $ sending the game there.
common sense
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November 10, 2012
Great Job HAWKS! This is one of the first times I've rooted for a team and they lost and felt really proud. Our kids grinded friday.. good job by the coaches opn both sides of the ball we were creative and they put our kids in a good position to win.
Go Hawks
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November 10, 2012
The boys at Hillgrove should feel good about the game. 33-30 shows they are working hard. Congrats on playing hard!
Whereis JOBO
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November 10, 2012
Comments from a Jacksonville newspaper...

The loss doesn’t mean much for the postseason. Camden is the top seed from 1-AAAAAA, and will open the playoffs on Nov. 16 at home against Hillsdale.

Hawks Nation let's go!!!

Way to fight
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November 10, 2012
Way to fight for the win. Defense held it down, offense didn't give up. Let's get ready for next friday!
west cobb fan
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November 10, 2012
All I can say is kudos to the cross town rivals. You got us. Good luck in playoffs and see ya'll next year.
IndianPride
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November 13, 2012
@westcobbfan, very classy comments I'm sure common sense does not represent Hillgrove as a whole. To my rivals on the Hill, work hard this week and play even harde this Friday. Good Luck and bring home the W.
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