#24 McEachern loses to North Gwinnett in shootout

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by Jeff Fisher

McEachern IndiansMcEachern found-out in a hurry that being ranked by most of the national ranking services means that every opponent is  eager to make headlines by performing well against them.  Saturday night, North Gwinnett, not only performed well, but came away with a 52-49 victory over the #24 ranked Indians in the Corky Kell Classic that was played on McEachern’s home turf in suburban Atlanta, Georgia.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that North Gwinnett was led by quarterback John Urzua, who in his starting debut for the Bulldogs tossed seven TD passes. Urzua was 38 of 48 for 490 yards.  In all, the teams combined for 1,046 yards in total offense.  McEachern star running back Taj Griffin, who has given his verbal to Oregon, hurt his knee on defense late in the game.  Before being sidelined, Griffin had rushed 22 times for 150 yards and three touchdowns.

It was McEachern’s second straight loss to the Bulldogs. Last year, the Indians season came to an end in the AAAAAA state semifinals when North Gwinnett beat them 27-21.

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Jeff Fisher
Jeff is an award-winning journalist and expert in the field of high school sports, underscored with his appearance on CNBC in 2010 to talk about the big business of high school football in America. Jeff turned to his passion for high school football into an entrepreneurial venture called High School Football America, a digital media company focused on producing original high school sports content for radio, television and the internet. Jeff is co-founder and editor-in-chief of High School Football America, which is a media partner with USA TODAY High School Sports.