By Doug Gorman
On a night when neither teams' offense clicked on all cylinders, the McIntosh Chiefs answered a wake-up call in the fourth quarter en route to a 20-12 victory against Eagle's Landing in the season opener in McDonough.
Trailing 12-8 at the half, McIntosh finally got its offense rolling in the fourth quarter scoring two touchdowns in the final 7:21 of the contest.
It's the second straight year McIntosh has come from behind in the fourth quarter to beat Eagle's Landing in the season opener.
"We have to do a better job of getting our team prepared to play four-quarters of football," said Eagle's Landing head coach Bob Stinchcomb. "We didn't do that tonight, and that's my responsibility.
Although McIntosh's defense looked flat for the first three quarters, head coach Butch Prossers' club finished with 189 yards in of total offense while holding the Golden Eagles to 97.
The Chiefs took control of the game for good on a 70-yard, 12-play drive midway through the final quarter when Thomas Beck scored his second touchdown of the game on a 3-yard scamper. The extra point failed and the Chiefs clung to a 13-12 lead.
Eagle's Landing failed to move the football on its next series and even though its was deep in its own territory, it elected to gamble on fourth down instead of punting the football.
McIntosh stopped the drive and took over on the Golden Eagles 21.
Two plays later, Beck scored for the third time. The 2-point conversion gave McIntosh the eight-point lead.
A fumble by Eagle's Landing killed its last drive as the Chiefs took over possession of the football and ran out the clock.
The Golden Eagles struck for the first points of the game when quarterback Marcus Williams and running back Drew Glen hooked up on an athletic play.
Starting the play at the McIntosh 45, Williams carried the football down to about the 20 before pitching the ball off to Glen who took the ball the rest of the way for the touchdown and a 6-0 lead.
Midway through the second quarter McIntosh took its first lead of the game when Beck scored the first of his touchdowns on a 2-yard run.
The score was set up after Williams fumbled the football after getting sacked deep in his own territory.
Eagle's Landing took a 12-7 lead into the lockerroom at the half when Glenn scored again on a five-yeard run with 1:59 remaining.
Eagle's Landing is off next week, but returns to action on Saturday, Sept. 13 in a game at Henry County.
"Our goal is still to win the county championship, so we will be ready for Henry County," said Stinchcomb.