McEachern ready for Nkemdiche, Grayson

Rob Saye

The Grayson Rams own the longest winning streak in the state after going 15-0 en route to the Class AAAAA state title one year ago. The Rams got off on the right foot last season when a 7-0 win over Kell ignited the magical run. The Rams return nearly all of its defense from one year ago including the top recruit in the nation, Robert Nkemdiche. The future Clemson Tiger was a beast at defensive end all last season, but he was also featured as an unstoppable short-yardage back whenever Mickey Conn needed it. Nkemdiche will be joined on the defense by Jack Banda, David Kamara, Ryan Carter and Zach Barnes. The unit is littered with BCS-caliber players other than just Nkemdiche.

Offensively, running back Wayne Gallman will make QB David McTier’s job easier. Gallman stands 6-foot-1 and is a blur out of the backfield. Don’t be surprised to see Nkemdiche in there near the goal line snagging a carry, and likely a touchdown if he gets the ball. He is hard to stop once he gets going.

McEachern lost some talent one year ago but should return to the Corky Kell Classic with plenty of firepower capable of ending Grayson’s streak. The Indians’ strength starts on the offensive line with Maryland pledge JuJuan Dulaney standing at tackle and Sherrod Pittman inside at center. Head coach Kyle Hockman called Pittman the offense’s “fireplug.” Trent Thompson has departed at quarterback, but look for Ty Griffin and Ty Clemons to perhaps split some time at quarterback.

Defensively, McEachern will bring an entirely new unit with just Kell Parham back at his linebacker/defensive back spot. Look for the Indians to play a bend-don’t-break style of defense that could lead to some special things in the playoffs for this team, according to the Indians coach.

Conn and Hockman both know how to prepare an offense, and the two coaches manning the sidelines will have plenty of weapons at their ready for this classic Metro PCS Corky Kell showdown.

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