Friday night (11/22/19) was perfect football weather: just a bit damp and slightly cool (around 62 degrees). Rain threatened a couple of times, but never amounted to anything more than a light drizzle. Fans and players alike welcomed the break from last Friday’s frigid temperatures in the high 30s.
McEachern had home field advantage to take on the North Forsyth Raiders in their second-round playoff game, and it was all Indians from the beginning. Sophomore QB Bryce Archie got the game going with a field-length drive in the first quarter that culminated in a 4th and 2 TD run from Jordan Simmons to the right corner of the end zone. When the Raiders couldn’t get anything going offensively and had to punt back to the Indians, QB Carlos Del-Rio Wilson was ready to enter the game. He took the first snap of the Indians’ second possession and turned it into a 25-yard TD run. A defensive pick-6 early in the second quarter by Jamari Bellamy gave the Indians a wide-open 20-0 lead. They would go on to win the game 42-14. The Indians host the North Gwinnett Bulldogs next Friday.
The Allatoona Buccaneers won their second round game on the road against the Stephenson Jaguars, played at Hallford Stadium in Clarkston. After a scoreless first quarter, Allatoona was able to open a 13-7 halftime lead and never looked back. The Bucs came out after halftime ready to extend their lead and after a dominating performance from the defense and impressive running from Alex Wilson on offense, Allatoona was able to open the lead to 23-7 with the first play of the fourth quarter. Kicker Jude Kelly also had a productive night, kicking two field goals and burying every kickoff for a touchback. The Bucs finished the game with a final score of 23-13, and will play the Coffee County Trojans next Friday.
The Harrison Hoyas kept their win streak alive, easily defeating the Brunswick Pirates, 51-19. The Pirates kept it close in the first quarter, ending the first 12 minutes only down a point (14-13), but it was all Hoyas from the second quarter forward. Harrison moves on to play Houston County next Friday.
Two teams ended their seasons tonight: Kell and Walton. Kell played a hard-fought game against Starr’s Mill, but lost 45-28. Walton seemed out of it from the opening kickoff, and lost a disappointing game to North Gwinnett, 60-10. This is Kell’s final game in 5A; they move up to Region 6 in 6A, taking Harrison’s spot, who is moving up to join Hillgrove, North Cobb, and Walton in Region 3-7A.