North Gwinnett Tops McEachern Behind 3 TD Performance of Sophomore QB Ryan Hall
On the final day of the 31st Corky Kell Classic, the North Gwinnett Bulldogs took on the Mceachern Indians in a rematch from there 2020 meeting in which the Bulldogs defeated the Indians 35-7 in that year’s Corky Kell to begin the season. In fact, when McEachern head coach, Franklin Stephens, begin his career with the Indians in 2019, the Bulldogs were the only team to hand McEachern a loss and it came in the third round of the playoffs.
On Saturday, the Indians looked to finally get Stephens over the hump of the Bill Stewart led Bulldogs and put together a solid opening drive that would set them up in the red zone, but the drive would come to an end after a bad snap over McEachern quarterback, Jaydon Kinney’s head in which the Bulldogs would recover. The two teams played each other well defensively in the opening quarter as the period would remain scoreless until the North Gwinnett Bulldogs’ sophomore quarterback, Ryan Hall rushed for a 57 yard touchdown as they would take a 7-0 lead.
The Bulldogs strike once again in the second quarter taking a 13-0 lead after a rushing touchdown by Georgia commit and defensive lineman, Kayden McDonald, but the Indians would keep things from getting out of reach after tacking on a field goal and then later a 57 yard rushing touchdown by Jaylon Brown and McEachern trailed 13-10 heading into the third quarter. But Hall, whom Stewart wondered how the young QB would do, seemed to not feel the pressure of playing on the big stage. After all, he’s no stranger to big moments.
In his freshman year, Hall took to the mound for the Bulldogs’ varsity baseball team during the opening round of the playoffs for the first time of his high school career, starting in a decisive game three and helping the team secure the win. In the second half of Saturday’s game with McEachern, Hall played with the poise of a veteran player as he would throw for two touchdowns in the second half, both to Marek Briley, and would finish the day with 237 yards passing and 85 rushing and a rushing touchdown and North Gwinnett would defeat McEachern 32-20.