The night was very cold, dipping into sub-freezing temperatures thanks to a consistent cold wind across the field; but this didn’t dim the enthusiasm of the McEachern Indian football team as they traveled to meet the North Paulding Wolfpack on their home turf for their final regular season game. And despite some questionable calls from the refs and some astounding luck by the Wolfpack defense, the Indians remained undefeated with a 49-19 win over the frozen home team.
In what would prove to be the turning point of the game, McEachern weathered a particularly rocky second quarter, culminating with a strange play where QB Carlos Del-Rio Wilson had the ball torn from his hands by a defender inside a mass of bodies and returned 20 yards the other direction for a Wolfpack TD. This bizarre turn of events found McEachern leading—but only slightly, 21-12—with very little time left on the clock before halftime. To make matters more stressful for the Indians, Del-Rio Wilson was on the sidelines and sophomore backup Bryce Archie was in. But any concern about the future air attack at McEachern was immediately laid to rest as Archie calmly and expertly engineered an 80-yard drive to answer the Wolfpack turnover TD with 1.5 seconds left on the clock, putting the Indians back in control of the game, 28-12.
With the turning point behind them, the Indians easily owned the second half, scoring three more touchdowns to widen the domination. This win gave the Indians the top spot in Region 3-7A, followed by Marietta, North Cobb, and Hillgrove. The Indians will be the #1 seed for post-season play. Congratulations to Coach Stephens and the McEachern Indians. Great job!