McEachern (4-2, 4-0 Region 4AAAAAA) coughed up the opening kickoff, but Campbell could not take advantage of the field position. The Spartans (2-4, 0-4) did not threaten to score again until late in the game with the score 42-0 in favor of the Indians.
“I think we played to our level and that is what we were looking for,” McEachern coach Kyle Hockman said. “No matter what the score or what the situation is, we are trying to improve.”
Senior Ty Griffin and junior Ty Clemons kept the explosive plays coming all night for the Indians. Griffin and Clemons accounted for 284 of McEachern’s 404 total offensive yards while taking turns behind center.
“To have those two work together like they do is great,” Hockman said. “They are just team players and we are very blessed to have them.”
Griffin rushed for 82 yards with two touchdowns on five carries, passed for 76 yards with a touchdown and caught one pass from Clemons for 17 yards. Clemons chipped in 44 yards rushing with two touchdowns on six carries and threw for 65 yards.
“Griff is a special and talented kid,” Hockman said. “We are trying to move him around and get the ball to him any way we can. Clemons is such a good player. Those two guys work so well together.”
Hockman said Griffin and Clemons may provide the spark, but he has a team full of players who can add to the fire.
“We have some good weapons,” Hockman said. “We are trying to spread it around and make sure we get everyone involved.”
Hockman said the leadership from the four seniors on the offensive line is another reason for the team’s offensive success.
The statistics may pop off the page on offense, but McEachern’s first-team defense held the Spartans to 86 offensive yards before the reserves hit the field.
“We have really made some strides on defense,” Hockman said. “I am pleased with their progress and effort every week. They are playing sound, fundamental defense.”
Senior Kyle Trammell scored the Indians’ final touchdown of the night and finished with 51 yards on seven carries, all in the fourth quarter. Senior tight end Chris Okeh had two catches for 84 yards and junior tight end Jerome Whitlock scored the lone receiving touchdown of the evening for McEachern.