Part of the Indians’ success came as result of a change in strategy in the second half, going more to short passes and wide runs. The Indians had been held to 125 yards, and no points, in the first half but finished the game with 334 yards.
“They’re really athletic on defense,” McEachern coach Kyle Hockman said of North Cobb. “They’re dang good on defense. They were just getting around our guys a little too quickly, so we put our heads together and I said, ‘OK, what do we have in our playbook, even if we haven’t run it in awhile, let’s open up the whole playbook and see what works best.’ We had that one and another idea, and we didn’t even have to get to the other idea because that one was working.”
Quarterback Bailey Hockman was 11-for-23 passing for 196 yards. Despite Brown’s 158 yards rushing, the Indians finished with 138 on the ground.
Both teams struggled to move the ball in the first half. North Cobb went three-and-out on all three of its possessions in the first quarter, managing just 3 yards of offense. But the Warriors got the only points of the half after a McEachern fumble gave them the ball at the North Cobb 30. The Warriors covered 70 yards in five plays, plus a 15-yard penalty, and scored on a 15-yard pass from Will Lovett to Drew Tejchman with 8:40 to play in the half.
North Cobb was outgained 125-60 in the first half and finished the game with 200 yards of offense. Lovett was 11-for-23 passing for 121 yards, and C.J. Cole rushed for 64 yards on 15 carries.
“Our defense is awesome,” Kyle Hockman said. “Coach [Bryan] Minish has those guys playing lights out. They got some plays on us, but that’s a darn good, top 10 AAAAAAA team. We’ll take every W we can get in those situations.”
North Cobb – 0-7-3-0 – 10
McEachern – 0-0-10-7 – 17
N – Drew Tejchman 15 pass from Will Lovett (Will Horton kick)
N – Horton 31 field goal
M – Genuine Potts 13 pass from Bailey Hockman (Giovanni Dominguez kick)
M – Dominguez 28 field goal
M – Paris Brown 64 run (Dominguez kick)