However, the Indians showed no signs of looking past the Mustangs in rolling to a 63-14 victory at Walter Cantrell Stadium.
McEachern will open the Class AAAAA playoffs at home on Friday against Benedictine (5-5) from Savannah.
“Every team that advances to the playoffs is there for a reason,” McEachern coach Kyle Hockman said. “We know that they (Benedictine) are a well-coached football team, so we will have to be ready in every phase of the game.”
While the Indians had a season high point total, the defense also had a big night.
McEachern (9-1) held the Mustangs (0-10) to 128 total yards in the game. The total team effort didn’t go unnoticed by Hockman, either.
“Our approach to this game was to focus on the little things and to get better in all aspects of the game,” Hockman explained. Both Trent (Thompson) and Ty (Clemons) played a good game and we did a good job of moving the ball.”
The Indians wasted little time showing that they were not going to let this become a trap game. With a little more than 2 minutes gone in the game, Thompson connected on a 35-yard touchdown pass with Tray Fletcher.
Less than a minute later after Da’Quavious Lewis intercepted a Kennesaw Mountain pass and set up McEachern’s second scoring opportunity.
Thompson found Amba Etta-Tawo from 30-yards out for his second scoring pass and a 14-0 Indians’ lead.
McEachern continued to pour it on the Mustangs by scoring again less than 2 minutes later on a 5-yard run by Clemons to give the Indians a 21-0 advantage with 7:01 left in the opening quarter.
After holding the Mustangs on three plays, McEachern scored on its fourth-straight possession. Thompson once again connected with Etta-Tawo on a 20-yard touchdown pass to go up 28-0 at the 1:35 mark of the first quarter.
Clemons then gave the home fans some of his own excitement. He tossed an 11-yard touchdown pass early in the second quarter to Daryus Thompson to give McEachern a five-touchdown lead.
The lead was 49-0 before Kennesaw Mountain scored with 16 seconds remaining in the first half on a 40-yard pass from Dalin Finley to Maurice Phillips.
In the third quarter, Clemons exploded 82 yards for a touchdown to extend McEachern’s advantage to 56-7. Clemons closed out the scoring for the Indians midway through the fourth quarter on a 15-yard pass to Chris Okeh.