McEachern 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.