Mill Creek's Jacorey Lewis
Norcross -- Following a tough loss to Norcross last week, some may have wondered how long it would take Mill Creek to recover before its tilt with North Gwinnett next week. Mill Creek provided that answer early as a terrific first quarter run led the Hawks to a 55-6 win over Meadowcreek on Friday.
"The key to that was the defensive turnovers," Mill Creek head coach Shannon Jarvis said. "Not just scoring, but setting up scores ... we'll go as for as our defense wants to take us."
Mill Creek (4-2, 3-1, 7-AAAAAA) wasted no time as quarterback Daniel David found Kyle Nichols wide open down the left sideline to give Mill Creek a 7-0 lead. Following a Jacorey Lewis touchdown run, defensive back Zac Turner intercepted a Patrick Mills pass and returned it for a 64-yard score.
The Hawks scored a total of 34 points in the opening quarter as a fumble return by defensive back Chris Dickhute capped the scoring for the quarter.
Mill Creek stifled Meadowcreek (0-5, 0-3, 7-AAAAAA) holding the Mustangs to 62 yards of total offense. David passed for 64 yards in the first half, and Lewis led the team with 89 yards on the ground.
With the win, Mill Creek can now set its sights on North Gwinnett. Jarvis knows his defense will need to duplicate its effort to get a win next week.
"Our defense is going to be challenged, North Gwinnett has a great offense," he said.
"It's not going to be about scheme, it's going to be about executing and getting to the football ... I expect our kids to be fundamentally sound next week."
Mill Creek is currently third in the region following Peachtree Ridge's loss and is just one game behind both Norcross and Collins Hill.
Just more than halfway through the season Jarvis believes his team may be ready for a push.
"We've got a good football team ... I know we have a chance to have a great team ... That's what my thoughts are halfway through the season ... greatness is not measured by how you start, but by how you finish."
Following the North Gwinnett clash, Mill Creek will take on Duluth and Habersham Central before its season-ending battle with first-place Collins Hill.